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I have spent a great deal of my life battling illness. I suffered from Crohn's Disease and eventually had abdominal surgery, thwarting the Crohn's and budding cancer cells. Since my surgery in 1995 I have been relatively free from Crohns', although I had several subsequent surgeries related to my ileostomy..When my disease was in remission, I don't think my husband realized how bad it could get, but he has stood by me. I also have suffered from various autoimmune disorders and am diagnosed with Stage IV Kidney Disease. Fortunately, I am maintaining and do not need dialysis at this point. We adopted our son and later found out he had cerebral palsy, so he became my career. Dan has had two surgeries and tons of therapy and is able to walk because of it. He is a college graduate and is employed as an Information Specialist. We are very proud of his accomplishements. I am now part of the retired generation and still getting used to the idea. I do enjoy crafting, traveling and being with family and friends. I am active in my church and feel that the hardships we endure are there to build our faith. I like to live life in the "now" as we never know how much time is left.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Why on the Weekend?

Why the weekend?  It seems whenever I get sick it is on the weekend, at a time when the clinics are closed, so I end up in ER!

Sunday night I ended up there.  I started to have symptoms of a urinary tract infection or interstitial cystitis on Thursday, but took some meds and by Friday I felt fine.  Of course!

My husband had to go into work for 6 pm  Sunday evening.  My symptoms had reappeared that day and whatever I did Thursday, didn't help.  I had to pee every two minutes and it hurt!  It just was a throbbing pain.  (Okay, it's not cancer, but it was a nuisance and a pain none the less).  I didn't want to spend another sleepless night in the bathroom.  I couldn't call my bff...she has worse battles.  Fortunately, another friend was able to take me to the ER and my sister met me there. 

When I got there, it wasn't busy, but as soon as I got in the examining room, a real emergency came in, so I laid there.  (hope they don't charge by the hour!) 

Everyone was really nice. I saw just about every nurse that was working at one time or another.  The doctor did a brief exam.  They weren't sure if the interstitial cystitis was flaring.  By this time, I was passing blood clots.  They prescribed and gave me an antibiotic and the wonderful pill that turns your pee orange!  I told them, that I have been in ER with these symptoms enough times to know what helps and that is a shot of Valium in the butt!  They complied!  The spasms quit. I went home, took something for pain, and when I got really, really tired, went to bed and slept!

Today  I get to go back to the periodontist for a check up.  It's always something.  My bff and I were discussing this fact.  Seems the older we get, the more everyone we know is having surgery or health problems of some sort! We didn't worry about this in our 40's and 50's!  Recently a classmate of mine died.  I guess I am the age where I need to read the obituaries!


Sandies' Patch said...

So hoping your problems are sorted now. There is nothing worse than constant irritation and pain for wearing you down.
Hugs, Sandiexxxx

Linda said...

I am so sorry to hear this! Here in Montreal, we have clinics that are open seven days a week...the walk-in clinics, where you can go and see a doctor with or without an appointment. They are a blessing. I am really sad that you have no such clinics there.

I will keep you in my prayers and thoughts...and yes, health issues I can relate to, and you have my deepest and sincere sympathy.

Carolee said...

Yes, weekends and full moons. So sorry that you have to deal with those episodes so often.