Thursday, October 1, 2015

So About Those Complications~

Do not, I repeat, DO NOT delay getting medical treatment the minute you feel a urinary tract infection coming on.

My adventure started with the classic signs of a urinary tract infection. That was a Monday. I bought AZO Standard and pure cranberry juice (absolutely nothing else added). The AZO helped immediately and I put off going to the doctor. Tuesday, Wednesday, then Thursday I thought I was feeling better, congratulating myself for managing to stay clear of a trip to the doctor. In fact, I stopped taking the AZO. On Friday I woke up feeling feverish and everything in my body felt sluggish and sick. I went to the minute clinic but my fever of 101.5 was too high for them and they sent me right over to the urgent care where they found my fever was now 102.2 and I was bent over with a dull but persistent ache, but with no pain at urination. My sample was very cloudy - full of the bad guys. It was determined that I now had a raging kidney infection and perhaps I was developing sepsis.

So two cultures,  an IV and two injections later it was decided I was not toxic enough for the hospital. I was sent home with a a five day supply of Cipro.Two days later I was back with a 102.5 fever, dizziness and a developing cough and chills. Still infected, still in pain, I had a chest x-ray, another IV, two more shots and  and went home with a seven day supply of an even stronger antibiotic for the kidney infection. The cough was due to a chest cold that just happened on the scene at the same time. After this round of shots and IV the fever went away immediately and I started feeling better the next day. Recovery has been slow. I spent eleven days doing absolutely nothing but sleeping and staring at the TV. I could not concentrate to read or do anything else and it all sucks. I can't even tell you what I watched on the television. I was not watching, I was staring.

I don't bounce back as fast as I did in my twenties. Go figure. I have been slowly getting back on my feet. I've walked a few miles over this past week and have returned to work. I hope to be back to full vigor in a few weeks with some more walking and weight bearing exercises.

I've got good news to share:
In the past I used illness as an excuse to pick up comfort foods that only make me sicker. (sugars, desserts - crap). Not this time!  At first I had no appetite - none.  While that can be considered a dream come true for some, I know that I have to stay as close to my normal eating pattern as possible. Illness is not an acceptable excuse to start eating crap that is not on my food plan. Let me repeat that: illness is NOT an excuse to eat foods that are not on my food plan. I accept this as sacred. I ate from my normal food plan, I just ate less. As such, I stayed the course and did not gain from 11 days of inactivity. I ate as much as my appetite would allow and no more than my food plan gives me. This formula kept me steady when my appetite returned and suddenly hunger returned.  

I have a plan to follow and I followed it. 11 days laying in bed and don't nothing more strenuous than taking my temperature and I did not gain a pound. I am now five days back on my appetite. The feeling of wanting more is gone. My appetite is again normal. My only regret is taking so long to seek medical help.

I am so grateful I did not think illness was a free pass to medicate myself with food.

Are you getting the help you need for what is ailing you?

Jane~

13 comments:

Karen said...

So, so glad you had the presence of mind to stick to your food template. Very well thought out, planned and carried through.

I've made a point of letting my PA and MD know "I'm not able to eat processed sugars or grains of any type". I always offer chicken broth and coconut water as replacements- since they both have sodium and natural electrolytes, I'm given the green light.

It took year 2 and experiencing food sobriety for me to not crave the bready/carby things when mildly ill. Since I used to be sick a lot AND use my food addiction to take advantage of the "sick" food, the first two years were tough.

Good reminder about going in early and getting things checked. Glad you are okay. Kudos for doing that work.

Vickie said...

Good heavens!

Kitty said...

Glad you are better. My daughter recently had a urinary tract infection, got an antibiotic but wasn't diligent taking for a few days. She ended up in the hospital getting IV antibiotics for her kidney infection.

We've had her sick and my husband has been sick and there has been a lot of stress and it has been tempting to just let the food go and eat whatever. But, I remind myself that doing that won't really help. I'll just be sorry later that I did it. So, far, I've been able to stay on track even though I've spent so much time at doctors and hospitals that I haven't been able to exercise as much as normal.

bbubblyb said...

Great job on staying the course with your food. Have you ever been checked for kidney stones? I get staghorn kidney stones which grow quite large in the kidney and don't show a lot of signs till you end up with a terrible kidney infection. So maybe something to ask your doc about. I now have a kidney smaller than the other due to stones. Hope you continue to be well. Drink LOTS of water if you aren't already, I genuinely drink 3-4 quarts a day.

Vickie said...

Happy Birthday!!!

(I am a little belated, was gone most of the weekend, was not on yesterday either. Hope it was a good one.)

Karen said...

Hope you are okay and just busy, Jane. Thinking of you and your family this holiday season. Take care and onward!

Vickie said...

Pleasantly busy? I am sure work has been crazy busy these last couple months.

Vickie said...

A little worried about you . . .

Anonymous said...

Jane, I know it has been a while since you posted about your bad kidney infection ordeal. I hope you are well! Heather in Texas. :-)

Cheering for You said...

Are you ok? Are you still blogging?

Lisa said...

How scary!! Sounds like it was an ordeal but hopefully you are feeling better now.

Vickie said...

I dreamt you either wrote to me or posted last night. It was so vivid, I thought you really had.

Jane Cartelli said...

Sorry for the long silence. I'm working on a post today and hope to have it up tomorrow.