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Part I: My Very First Urinary Tract Infection

Posted Sep 16 2012 12:00am
WARNING: I include some medical-related descriptions that sensitive people might find graphic. Read at your own risk!

Peeing blood is probably one of the most disturbing symptoms I've ever experienced. It's not the most painful or dangerous I've had, but there's no mistaking that something is going wrong with the body.

It all started the evening of Thursday, August 2. I made a pre-bedtime trip to the toilet and did my business. My bladder felt a little weird (not painful, just different) when I went, but I didn't think much of it.

Less than 30 minutes later, I felt the urge to pee again. I tried to go, but very little came out, and what little came out seemed to cause some odd cramping in my bladder. I looked down at the toilet paper after wiping and noticed that it had pink on it -- almost like diluted blood. It wasn't my period, so I was a bit concerned...but I also thought it could have been something I had eaten.

The next morning I did my business again, and had a stronger cramping and discomfort and again found pink on the toilet paper. This time I was almost positive it was blood. I quickly got an appointment for that Friday morning with a Physician's Assistant (PA) at a local clinic.

I had never had a urinary tract infection (UTI) before, but I was pretty sure this had to be one. When I gave my urine sample at the clinic, I gasped when I saw what was in the cup. It was dark with blood, and this time there was red (not pink) on the toilet paper when I wiped. When the results of the urinalysis came back, there was no doubt I had an infection. Following are my urinalysis results (comments indicate abnormal result)
Color: Dark Amber (should be yellow or straw colored)
Clarity: Turbid (should be clear)
Glucose: Negative
Bilirubin: Negative
Ketones: Negative
Specific Gravity: 1.010
Blood: Large 3+ (should be negative)
PH: 7.5
Protein: 2+ (should be negative)
Urobilinogen: 0.02 E.U/DL
Leukocyte Esterase: 3+ (should be negative)
Nitrite: Negative
The PA agreed that I had a UTI and prescribed an antibiotic and .  As I am allergic to the entire quinolone class of antibiotics (e.g., Cipro, Levaquin, etc.), she prescribed Macrobid (generic: nitrofurantoin).  She then said she was going to send my urine sample to a lab to for a bacterial culture to determine what type of bacteria I had and if it was resistent to any antibiotics.  Doing the culture would ensure I was given the correct prescription. 

I filled my prescription on my way to work and didn't think too much about the culture.  I figured I'd feel better in a day or two...but I didn't.

Continued in my next post...

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