|Thanks Mom, I'm feeling much better now.|
Saturday, October 5, 2013
URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS
For more than a month now Annie has been under treatment for a persistent urinary tract infection. An after-hours trip to emergency because of blood in her urine heralded the start of this round of treatment. Because a clean urine sample couldn't be obtained, a broad spectrum antibiotic was prescribed for fourteen days of treatment. It did not do the job.
Within a week's time blood appeared in Annie's urine again. This happened in the early morning hours so we were able to visit Annie's doctor instead of heading off to emergency. A sample of urine was obtained, checked and the type of bacteria identified; a different antibiotic was prescribed for the next twenty days along with an anti-inflammatory and a pain medication if needed. Cranberry Extract and Glucosamine were prescribed as well.
A follow-up phone call from the doctor confirmed the new antibiotic was fighting the infection. Because of the re-occurrences of infection the doctor felt Annie should stay on a course of Cranberry Extract and Glucosamine permanently.
Today she will take her last dose of antibiotic in a teaspoonful of peanut butter. Next week it's off to the doctors for two follow-up visits for the UTI and her cancer checkup. There will be additional posts concerning both medical issues along with my thoughts concerning minimizing costs.