Saturday, 10 March 2018

Out Of Hours

I'm typing this in A&E reception. I'm waiting to see the doctor from the Wales out of hours service.
I have an appointment time which seems to be running to time. The Walking wounded , I am informed will have to wait 5 hours to see the doctor.
Two men sitting behind me smell heavily of stale alcohol and vomit.
Such is life.

I've never had a bladder infection as bad as this before. I'm fine until I suddenly get the urge to go and boy do I need to go there and then!
So much so I had to suffer the indignity of an unavoidable accident just as I was putting petrol in the car.
Hopefully no one noticed.
I've hidden my urine sample under my coat. I've already tested it at home.
I need antibiotics for sure and a good sleep. This getting up thing, every hour isn't good.
Hey ho

72 comments:

  1. Been there and done that ... so sorry you are going through this. It is so uncomfortable .. those meds work fast .. thank god.
    Ask for the bladder relaxers ... they take away that awful urge feeling.

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  2. lol, listen to me, giving medicine advice to a nurse.

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  3. Take care John. I was starting to type a comment on your last post when I saw this one. A few years ago I had a similar condition and saw a urologist. He passed on the information that men generally do not get urinary tract infections and the usual cause for something like this is an infected prostate. An antibiotic will clear it up but, my experience is that you need the correct diagnosis. The antibiotic commonly prescribed for an UTI is not very effective agains prostatitis. Just passing on what the urologist said to me.

    I sympathise with you, if you feel like I did then it's no fun.

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  4. That is a long wait especially when you feel so bad. Hopefully, the meds will work quickly.

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  5. Icky! Take care, the dogs want you to get well soon, the cat - well is a cat.

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  6. It's a shame this has happened while you are home alone .... such is life. I hope you get it sorted and start to feel better soon ... and I hope you have a jug or a bottle in the car to avoid any accidents on the way home. xx

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  7. No 'fun' at all, JayGee (to state the obvious). May the trouble go away asap - or sooner. Thinking of you.

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  8. Nasty, hope it clears up soon. You don't want any more undignified accidents, do you?!

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  9. Please heed Graham's advice -- even 'tho you are a nurse and nurses are the worst patients on the planet, second only to doctors.

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  10. I wonder if it may be kidney stones as they can be very painful to pass x

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    1. I had a kidney stone when I was pregnant with my first child... I thought I was in labour...but no... the labour btw was just about as bad as passing a kidney stone.

      Jo in Auckland, NZ

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  11. Good luck and get going with those antibiotics. I ended up pissing blood when the severity got much worse very quickly. I had a cystoscopy later when it cleared up which they said was standard procedure after such an infection. It was interesting, I was able to look down the camera into my bladder when the kind Consultant handed it to me. I had a perfect bladder he said.

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  12. Get well soon and rest.

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  13. If this ever happens to you again (and I sincerely hope it doesn't!) there is an OTC medication to help before you can get to the doctor. https://www.azoproducts.com/uti/treat-symptoms
    I wonder if it is sold on your side of the pond, though.

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    1. They do sell a product like it in the UK http://www.cystopurin.co.uk/about-cystopurin.htm I get it sent to me from Boots and I use it as soon as I feel a UTI might be starting and since I've found it, no need for a doctor visit or antibiotics.

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  14. Get up close and personal with Miss Tena. She will ensure you don’t have anymore embarrassing accidents. My heart goes out to you.

    LX

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  15. Five hours?!?!?!

    I hope you mend soon dear.

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  16. My grandmother use to say, "It's no disgrace to be sick or grow old, but it sure is inconvenient" That popped into my mind just when I read about the petrol incident.

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  17. Yes, another symptom and total inconvenience of UTI. May it be over soon.

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  18. Poor John. Hope you are feeling better soon.

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  19. Anonymous3:27 pm

    Shame you are not working. Could have been nipped in the bud before it got so bad!.

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  20. The commenter above is correct that men do not often get UTI's, but when it happens you want a antibiotic quickly to keep it from your kidneys.

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  21. Make sure to complete the cycle of antibiotics even if you feel better after the first day of taking them.
    Get well soon John.
    Greetings Maria xx

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  22. Wishing you a speedy recovery!

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  23. Crikey John, that sounds nasty. Hope you feel better soon x

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  24. Sounds awful, hope you get well soon! Five hours, you will always hear Canadian politicians brag about the free healthcare they give us, but if you were here it would be six to nine hours for none emergency.

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  25. So sorry to hear that you're unwell John. Hope the Prof returns soon to take care of you.x

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  26. I am so very sorry. Hope the after hours doc get's you fixed up at light speed.

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  27. Oh yikes, John, I hope you got seen without having to wait THAT long. So sorry you're going through this!

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  28. Feel better soon!

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  29. I hope you are now at home, tucked up in a warm bed with a few sympathetic dogs.

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  30. Five hours is about standard in our local hospital ER as well. It's a daunting prospect when you are feeling lousy before you even get in the door. True emergencies are treated sooner, of course, but it doesn't have to be an emergency to feel like crap. And sometimes non-emergencies turn into emergencies. Good luck and would the boffin be able to take a turn with the dogs for a couple of days just so you can get some rest? It's when I'm sick and husband is away (or when we are both sick) that I realize we won't be having any more pets after the current ones pass on - it's a little message from the future about how hard it will be to look after anyone but ourselves when we get not-too-much older. Oh, wow, I'm sure that's cheered you up immensely! . . . sorry!

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  31. Hope you are feeling better soon xx

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  32. May your meds kick in quickly!

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  33. Hope you make a speedy recovery John.
    Arilx

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  34. Sounds awful and very painful. Hope you have got appropriate medication so you are now comfortable.

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  35. I am so very sorry, and hope your recovery is swift.

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  36. Get well soon John, it's vile having a bladder infection. Yuk. 💕💕

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  37. Get well soon.

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  38. Hope the docs have sorted you out John. Hope you feel 100% soon. XXXX

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  39. Get well soon John and keep a good watch on that prostrate of yours! You are that the age when they need checked yearly. My husband and I are so glad he had his checked when he did!

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  40. Awful ......hope you get sorted soon....push fluids +++ :-)

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  41. I hope the antibiotics do the trick and you start to feel better soon - I've had problems in the past and it is NOT pleasant!

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  42. Here in New Zealand it depends on the day/night of the week ... weekends are pretty awful - with (often self-inflicted) alcohol injuries.

    Going to tell you a story to take your mind off your pain for a moment....

    In A&E with 94 year-old, very deaf heart fluctuating MIL, and almost totally blind FIL. Her monitor above her bed was regularly setting off because of her heart, and making a dreadful noise, which even she could hear. "I do wish they'd answer that phone" she says.... again and again .... "They're very busy" I reply - much better she doesn't know it's her that's doing it!
    Poor darling!

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  43. Oops ..... Get well, John. Huge sympathy for you - very nasty pain.

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  44. I always keep D-Mannose and Bladderex in the house. They do help. Hope the antibiotics work quick and fast for you.

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  45. Hope you're okay and you get the right antibiotics.

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  46. Oooh, hope you get better.

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  47. Feel better! Pls let us know you were seen, and sent home w/ useful Rx, and are resting. Maybe a friend could help you w the animals for a few days? <3 lizzy

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  48. I will keep a good thought for your bladder and associated parts. :)

    But wait, they have bladder relaxers? I never heard of this before!

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  49. Sorry to hear this. Hoping your antibiotics kick in swiftly.

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  50. Thank you for your comments. Xx

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  51. I hope by now that you have started your meds and will soon be feeling better. UTI's are so awful!

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  52. I hope the antibiotics kick in quickly and your feeling better soon John! Your the caretaker to all; please take it easy. Gabs

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  53. With a five hour wait, I hope you have a stash of clean jeans with you :)

    Hugs to you, John

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    1. I didn't wait that long I had an appointment with a gp

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  54. Presumably you know what medication is required, so why didn't you go direct to the pharmacy? I saw a TV ad' recently telling us to do exactly that. No waiting! Hope you are soon 'fixed'.

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  55. I believe that you need a doc's prescription to get antibiotics! I hope that you got one John and that you are feeling a bit better now? X

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  56. I hope you are better today.

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  57. Hope you recover quickly.

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  58. Well I can tell you a story about a wee infection. I was on holiday in the USA a few years ago with my boyfriend, on a roller coaster trip. New theme park every day, new hotel every night. I spent one night on the loo, feeling like you do, but I had to get on the coach after breakfast to go to the theme park. When we got there I went straight to the first aid/medical centre.

    Well, it was like I was at deaths door the way they reacted. All I wanted was antibiotics having recognized the symptoms. They got me to lie on a trolley, I explained what was happening, result, rushed to hospital in an ambulance with lights flashing and sirens wailing.

    I felt such a twit, they were way over the top, just give me the pills, I'll be alright, but no, had to go through tests, tick all the boxes, then I got the pills. Missed the whole morning of roller coaster riding. Mind you I had to steer clear of the more vigorous rides in the afternoon, and stick with the gentle ones. Hope you feel better soon.

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    1. A lot of cities here have urgent care offices where you could go to be treated for minor ailments without going to your regular doctor. The theme park probably did all that to protect themselves in case you came back and sued them if you had, say, an allergic reaction to the antibiotics or your condition was more serious than what you thought. (The U.S. is a very litigious country.)

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    2. Have to apologize to you, MeanQueen, for our US medics. The industry seems to want to charge a person over the top for even the slightest medical problem these days! My mother-in-law 92 had her medicine changed by the "pain doctor" and had a slight reaction. At the E.R. clinic they decided to hospitalize her (it was 9 p.m.) just to be sure. Her heart doctor saw her next morning and released her to go home, but the hospital's doctor on call didn't come see her so they kept her another night and all the way to 3:15 p.m. the next day until the hospital's doc got round to signing her release! Here, if you are in the hospital after 3 p.m. it counts as a whole day that insurance has to pay for your hospital stay. It's like once they get hold of you, they wring out every payment they can, justified or not. Despicable.

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    3. I realized they have to cover themselves in case of further complications. I felt like a film star with all that attention. The insurance coughed up for it.

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  59. I hope you're now on the mend.

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  60. Hope you are resting and taking your meds. Hopefull healing thoughts headed your way.

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  61. Linda P.3:59 pm

    Hoping that you are okay. Sending you good wishes.

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    1. Ok Linda. Not out of the woods though

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  63. You have been too quite John. Hope you are doing ok?
    Greetings Maria xxx

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