Saturday, October 5, 2013


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.

Thanks Mom, I'm feeling much better now.

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