Monday, April 21, 2014

Girl Talk

I wish I were about to write an entry about this wonderfully ridiculous game. But no, unfortunately not.

Remember how I ran that 10k with a UTI two weeks ago? Well, it's not gone yet. I've now had this UTI for two weeks.

Two Tuesdays back, I woke up with really bad UTI symptoms; but, as I already had a doctor appointment set up for Friday, I decided to self-medicate and drink tons of water. By Thursday, I felt pretty good (as far as all that goes, anyway). I saw my doctor, got a course of antibiotics, the usual.

I took my antibiotics through the weekend, and when the course was up, I felt better...but not perfect. I ignored my instincts and assumed I was UTI-free...but this morning I woke up with the symptoms raging.

I made it through the workday and went to the urgent care to get my usual round of antibiotics, only to learn that the doctor was concerned by the amount of protein and blood in my urinalysis. Because of that, and the pain I'd had in my back earlier today, she's worried the infection could be getting up into my kidneys. Plus, she thinks I may have developed a resistance to my usual antibiotics, Bactrim.

The solution? A 20 pill (10 day) dose of Cipro, a different antibiotic with much scarier side-effects.
"No vigorous exercise" basically means no running or anything that could stress my tendons.
So now I'm off running while I'm on the medication, and then some extra days to make sure it's truly out of my system and my tendons are safe from rupture. Urgh.

And just when I had my workout schedule for my "off" season all worked out. Well, you know what they say about plans...

Someone cheer me up. Right now I want to drown my sorrows in ice cream and gallons of cranberry juice.

ABK

12 comments:

  1. Ugh. As a woman who gets UTIs if she looks at something the wrong way, I commiserate. I usually try to self-medicate as well. The first hint of a bladder infection and I am on the cranberry pills and the water immediately. It usually works. But about 2 times a year, I end up with a raging infection that always leads me to urgent care. I cannot even believe you made it through the work day. The last time I had a bad one, I made it an hour before I took the teacher I was working with aside and asked if I could leave. He knew something was really wrong when I started crying. It takes A LOT for me to cry. Especially in public.

    I also have issues with reading side effects. I read them, then I google them. Then I freak out. I'm terrible.

    I wish I could cheer you up, but I don't know how. I am sending healing thoughts your way!!!!

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    1. I think teaching kept my mind off it. I'm looking into treatments for chronic UTI, because it seems odd that I get them so often when I'm so careful!

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  2. Last night when I saw your pic on Instagram I was already half asleep and thought you *had* a ruptured tendon. I was wondering what sort of medical advancements had been made that would allow you to be back to running in 10 days!

    I hope the new antibiotics are kicking in and working today without any side effects!!

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    1. Apparently it was very vague; multiple people thought I had a ruptured tendon!! Oops!

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  3. I am sorry :( The only thing worse than a UTI is not being able to run! :( I wish you a speedy recovery and just think of how wonderful that first run back will be!

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    1. You said it.

      I'm trying to imagine that 10 days off will give me fresh legs, but I'm a little worried about my fitness deteriorating as it warms up outside!

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  4. I'm so sorry. Long easy walks and swimming! 10 days will pass quickly though.

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  5. I think it's okay to drown your sorrows for a moment. I like to allow myself an afternoon or day to have a pity party and recognize that I'm sad or frustrated, wallow in it, and then move on.
    Otherwise, I don't have much advice. I'm currently on crutches for a hip injury and I'm dreading 4-6 weeks of life on crutches. I keep telling myself that it could be a lot worse. It's just a fracture; it'll heal; it's not like I have cancer, and I'm not dying. In fact, my dr. told me a girl was in a few weeks before me with similar symptoms and it turned out she did have cancer. Hearing that made me appreciate that my injury isn't that bad. I'm just taking it one day at a time, appreciating the things I do have and doing what I need to for recovery. It's just a blip in the timeline of my life. :)

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    1. You make a great point. There is always something to be grateful for. Thank you for reminding me.

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  6. Oh no! I hope you are feeling better. I am just reading this. I'll text you and we can talk about Ragnar to cheer you up! :)
    Even though it sucks, it is happening for a reason. Maybe the universe is telling you that you need a break from working out and running. This will totally amp you up for "off" season and marathon training! :)

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    1. haha Ragnar texts always make me happy!!

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