Well, January was all set to the only month since 2008 that I haven't made one or more trips to the uro's office. Late yesterday, started getting the shakes real bad, freezing cold but no fever. This morning, went to Physical Therapy, and had to abort halfway and go home. Get there, shaking so bad, even with 3 blankets, a robe, and a warm house. My temp was only 100 degrees, not high per say. We were so afraid of the start of another dangerous UTI.
Worried Jeff will remember, he was visiting us in SC the night the great infection began, as I was shaking today on my sofa.
Being a Friday, quickly made arrangment to see my uro. They fit me in, with in 15 minutes. Here's the creepy part, flipped me out. The nurse laid a catheter on the table for the doctor. I said what is that for? For you. The doctor took off the bag on my stoma device, and threaded a standard cath down the stoma into the conduit, kind of like a tunnel. He promised no pain.. It felt creepy, but a stoma tube has no nerve endings, you could poke it with a stick and make it bleed, but it wouldnt hurt. The doctor wanted a sterile sample of urine, not from the device I wear, so he could run a culture. Put me on strong antibiotics, and will have culture results Monday.
The cath, despite my obvious fear, did not hurt at all, no more than someone pushing on me lightly with a finger tip. I had to turn my head away, didnt want to see it. Told him I thought I was through with caths for the rest of my life. He said no way, this is how they like to get samples for best result. Good thing, if there is a next time, it won't scare me to death.
He said, that since I have a non-functioning and no-connected bladder for life, I am at extreme danger for UTI. The bladder in a normal person is where an infectiion usually starts and can be killed off fairly easy as a rule. My kidneys emtpy directly to the tube, and the stoma is on the end of the tube. Any UTI will go straight for the kidneys, and can become a serious issue quickly.
Such and exicting life I live.
David in SC