Being a female, you made me laugh out loud re the menstrual cycle episode!! I just had visions of what their faces looked like. My recent bleeding episode was in Feb this year when wouldn't stop for 36 hours. FOr the first week I was put in a hospital room with 3 MEN! You can imagine, no control over the bleeding, nurses coming in to change you as you've collapsed previously when upright, the Dr (who you don't know from a bar of soap) wanting to look at everything you produce and getting to see you in full naked glory while being changed AND visitors in the room visiting the other patients and getting to hear everything that's being said and done.
Furthermore, they gave me a bedpan that was so large, my butt fell in it and so got covered in blood. As I was confined to bed for 5 days, I could only use the bedpan and bird wash. THe day after the bleeding finally stopped the nurse just plonked water and a towel on my bed and took off, leaving the blinds opened for all patients and staff on the other side of the building to see my lilly white butt in the air while trying to wash. Not only that, the nurse left what I thought was a cleansing wipe. Oh yes, it was a cleaning wipe alright, one with alcohol in it and should only be used to sterilise your hands!!! So, you can imagine the pain that my poor bot felt. No wonder I didn't use the bedpan for a whole 24 hours afterwards............ the poor spinchter muscle had crawled up inside well and truly.
Officially diagnosed Jan 2005 with UC & anthropathy arthritis, RV Fistula April 2005
Misdiagnosed for over 20 years re the above!
4 DVTs and 1 PE (blood clots) Nov 2007 (caused by flare ups)
Oesteopenia in right hip and spine (caused by pred)
Present meds: 6 x 750mg Colazide, 50mg 6MP, off warfarin but on stage 3 clinical drug trial Rivaroxaban
Take 1000IU Vit D, calcium, magnesium, vit C, vit B, Evening Primrose Oil