Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Day Twelve

of this awful UTI. I got it the day we were leaving to go camping and thankfully snagged an appointment before we left and was able to get on antibiotics. However, my first mistake, I guess, was going to my family doctor instead of my OB. My thought, at the time, was a uti was not something that had to do with my pregnancy so why go to the OB? I'm regretting that now, though.

My family doc gave me a 7 day course of antibiotics. Of course I've been freaked out taking them because of being pregnant and what it could do to the baby although the doc said they were safe. Well, they may have been safe but they didn't clear up the infection. So, after 7 days of diligently taking my meds and drinking a sea of water daily, I was still in pain. In pain so badly by last Saturday that I needed to page the on call OB, because of course, my family doctor had no "on call" options on the weekend. Lovely.

Thankfully, the OB on call called in a new RX for me. A stronger one. One that was a category c instead of category b (for pregnancy risk) but she assured me it was fine to take. Being desperate, I'm taking it. I was told that if I didn't feel better by Monday that I was to come into the office. Well, guess what? Not better by Monday. WTH?? So, I go in yesterday and they inform me that it's very unfortunate that my family doctor did not culture my specimen to see which particular bacteria was the culprit so that it could be treated appropriately and that they always culture their pregnant patients. Ok, so clearly that was mistake #1. They did a quick test on me and of course, the infection is still there. So, they sent it off to culture and we should know in a day or two if we need to change antibiotics. I'm assuming that answer is yes since I'm not feeling better yet.

Then, the OB prescribed me a urinary tract analgesic to help with the pain. I was more than happy to pick up this RX so that I could start feeling better. However, my first mistake was reading the fact sheet. I always read those fact sheets and always freak myself out by doing so. I should really just take the dr's word that it's safe and move on. However, I read it and it says that the drug can permanently stain your soft contact lenses. WHAT???? How does that happen?????? I know it makes your pee red but your contacts??? So, needless to say, I haven't taken a pill yet. That just seems strange beyond strange. It's excreted into your eyes??? Is it going to turn my baby's skin red too?? Ugh. I hate drugs.

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