Random and Odd

Rocking this party 8 days a week!

So it’s been a few days of absolutely NO pills in my body.  Like I mentioned, If none of them are working, I’m not taking any of them. I also stopped all soda, coffee and sugar…just in case!
A couple of days it seemed alright. My insides still hurt, but I could manage it with 800 mg of Ibuprofen.
This morning I woke up and nearly passed out with the pain.

I called the doctor at 8am and told the nurse, “I’m coming in to take ANOTHER urine test.”
Kaiser’s lab has seen more of my urine than a men’s bathroom at Yankee stadium.
When I got there, it had gotten worse.
I took the test and decided, “Fuck it, I’m going to sit in the office until he sees me.”
Getting an appointment with this certain urologist is harder than getting Jonas Brother concert tickets.
I went to the receptionist and said, “Hi, my name is Kristine, I called this morning….”
“Oh yeah, I have a little post-it to remind me to call you later today…”
“I’m peeing blood.”
“Alrighty then, we are going to need  you to give us a urine sample.”
I told her that I just gave them one at the lab and she said, “He’s going to want me to run it and look at it.”
When you have bladder infection, it doesn’t take long to have to pee so I took her little cup and made a dash to the bathroom.
After I was done, the nurse came out a few minutes later with eyes wide and said, “STAY HERE. He will see you soon!”
I guess when your pee looks like strawberry lemonade they start taking you serious.

The doctor came in and said, “You have an infection!”
The next words should have been, “NO DUH.” but I said, “THANK YOU!” who thanks their doctor for an infection?
He put down my pee cup and said, “This is a BAD infection.”
“Let’s fix this!” I said half happy, half trying not to pee myself. (It had been 4 minutes since the last trip the bathroom)
He was in between appointment with people had sold their kidney to see him so he had to give me the news and run back out. This went on for a good hour.
During this hour I had ran to the bathroom SIX times.
His last visit I asked him, “What’s our next step?”
and then he said that word that made me cringe.
“Antibiotics.”
We went over all the antibiotics that I couldn’t take anymore and he was very discouraged about the outcome.

I’m big on ‘personal space’ and try to make sure that people don’t get into mine and I stay out of theirs. I got all into his personal space and I asked him, “Be honest with me…brutally honest…what do you think the problem is?”
He has known that I’m frustrated by all of this because I have seen him so many times and every time he tells me he doesn’t know what it is, I nearly break down and have a crying fit on his floor.
He avoided this question and talked about what we could do.
“No, tell me. At this point, you can’t tell me anything that is going to make my life worse, unless you told me that all my kids were in a car accident with my sister and mom and they are all dead.  If it’s cancer, let’s start some chemotherapy.”
He hesitated, but told me what he thinks it is.
“I think it’s E Coli.” He waited for the break down.
“Okay, how do we get rid of it?” I had a name. Merry Christmas, I have a name!
“The thing is, you’ve been on so many antibiotics and it’s compromised your immune system and your ability to take anything will get rid of it.”
“Alright, worst case?”
“It could be fatal.  The best case is we get the results back and we put you in the hospital for a couple days and have you take the antibiotics through a IV.”

I find out on Monday.

The doctor gave me shot in the ass with antibiotics and put me on some serious oral antibiotics.  I go back on Friday for a follow up appointment.

Pros:
I MIGHT have the name to what is wrong.
I MIGHT be able to fix this!

Cons:
This antibiotic is making me want to hurl.
I might be spending my holidays in the hospital.
Another weekend spent in bed fighting this stupid thing.
I will never, ever, ever eat meat again if this is the problem.

Anyone else know anyone who’d had this problem?  I know just a little bit more than zero (thanks wikipedia) about this.

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23 Comments

  • Dave Vogt

    Unfortunately, you have plenty of E. Coli in you without having to eat any. The only time you get into trouble is when it’s where it oughtn’t be (e.g. your bladder).

    Of course (as your doctor may have mentioned) all these partial courses of antibiotics have put you in a rough spot as far as fighting it. Every time you don’t kill it, you strengthen it against that family of antibiotics. It’s a worse situation than you’d want to be in (which is none at all) but it’s not necessarily doom.

  • Adrienne

    Very curious as to what ANtibiotics they are now giving you and what they plan on giving you through IV. Email me.

    My mom contracted a serious infection from a surgery last year at this time.

  • melanie

    I am so sorry you are having to go through this crap. I hope this time around they take care of this and get you healthy once again. Praying this is the light at the end of the tunnel and you can be pain free soon.

  • traci

    I am currently on THREE antibiotics at the same time for an infection I’ve apparently had for TWO years! If I don’t feel better soon, I am going to SCREAM! I’m sorry you are dealing with all this and I hope you have an answer shortly. I’ve been thinking of you.

  • Ferngoddess

    Well THANK GOD we know what it is. Now If we can get say all Lara Croft on it.
    BTW if you check out of the hospital early again I am going to COME TO CA. AND GO RED NECK TENNESSEE ON YOUR ASS!! Just so you know.:)

  • randomandodd

    Ferngoddess: Well, we don’t know if it’s that until Monday. I’m crossing my fingers that it is…Did I just say that? lol. I did.

    Traci: Do you know what you have???

  • Julie

    Hey, I don’t have any advice – I just wanted to come in and let you know I am thinking of you and hope you get well soon. I’m with you on the pros – if you can spend some time in the hospital getting TRULY better, it will be the best hospital stay ever.

  • Liza

    Unfortunately I do know, well, knew someone with e coli. I knew the little boy that made e coli “famous” in michigan and he passed away from it at 3 years old.

    Lots of thoughts, prayers, and good vibes heading your way.

  • kimmyk

    Hmm. I have lots of questions swirling my brain.

    Symptoms?
    Antibiotics tried?
    Reaction to said antibiotic?
    ?able STD. (I know, scary letters, but it can happen to the best of people…) Such that if both partners aren’t treated it can just keep moving back and forth with one partner having no symptoms. Again, not a nice thing to throw out there, but with my experience working in OB/GYN I’ve seen it more so than not. Hence mentioning it.

    If you want, I’d be happy to throw it at one of my doctors for review in conversation or my nursing class to “pick apart” in class. Just say the word.

    I hope that you get to feeling better….Any problems in that ‘area’ are always sucky…

  • randomandodd

    KimmyK:

    Just the bladder infection symptoms.
    Antibiotics: sulfa something, nitra something, a kind in the hospital, keflex, now sifro (?), and the shot they gave me in the ass.
    Reactions: Hives! my whole legs and arms and back were covered so bad that I couldn’t bend my legs. HORRIBLE.
    STDS: I actually had the obgyn run tests to see if that was the problem. Sad, just a few months ago I was hoping I had chlamydia! lol. Nope. All negatives! :)

    Thanks Kimmy K!

  • kimmyk

    Good to know about the STD’s. I had my doubts, but I’ve seen it all it seems. (Trust me on that one!)

    Well, I hope the shot they gave ya in the ass (rocephin?) works sooner than later and you can enjoy your weekend.

    hugs girl. hang tight…

  • Sandy

    I hope that if i is E.Coli that they can treat i and get you all better. Praying for you. Sending you lot’s of love and hug’s….

  • justme

    You poor thing! Haven’t you been through enough already. It is nice to have something, maybe, to call it. Just keep taking whatever they give you. As much as you have had enough of it all, they are probably keeping it from getting even worse. I do know someone that had it. Just keep taking the pills and let them try and fix it. Please.

  • Michelle S.

    Thank goodness! A light at the end of the tunnel for you. Hey, if you do have to stay in the hospital for a couple of days you can look at it this way. 1) Finally being over all this shit after it’s done and 2) Getting some time to yourself away from kids with no responsibilities. Like a little mini vacation Kristine! Just saying . . .

  • Kimmer

    I had e coli in my kidneys, years ago, via a urinary infection…not from meat…improper wiping (ewwww). It is NOT fatal, well, not nearly as fatal as you made it sound. The shot in the toosh anti-biotics should do the trick, as they did for me. Just rest, lots of H2O- the regular kind…cut back on your sugar and do what the dr. says.