Unfortunately, the IV needle in my arm didn't make it the full five days. It slipped out of place after a couple of days, so I had to get it removed. The home nurse tried to insert a new IV, but my veins would not cooperate (or she was not particularly skilled at inserting IV's). She finally gave up and used a butterfly needle to administer my IV treatment (see photo below). Because the butterfly needle could not stay in my arm day after day, the nurse had to come back each day to do the rest of my treatments.
As a result of the myriad of oral and IV antibiotics (and despite my best effort with high doses of probiotics), I ended up with a really fun (that's sarcasm) vaginal yeast infection. All I can say is thank goodness for prescription antifungal medications.
I am happy to report that I am fully recovered from my first and worst UTI, though I'm now paranoid that I'll get another infection that is just as bad or worse. Ugh. Please send my urinary tract good thoughts. :)