The first time Edith acquired an urinary tract infection I felt so bad seeing her suffer with it. The way it was handled by the Allopathic (regular) medical doctors was in my opinion poor at best. Here is what they do where we live. This is probably the standard protocol most doctors will follow. Edith was my mother and she had Alzheimer’s disease.
You call the doctor and they have you come in so they can charge you for the doctors visit. They call the hospital and send you over to the emergency room. This is so the can verify it’s a urinary tract infection and get a urine sample. Then they determine the best antibiotic. Sounds not bad when I say it like that.
First I’d like to say that mom did pretty good communicating when in a familiar environment like at home. Put her in a strange place like a hospital and it was a different story. It would be difficult for her to focus and follow what was being said or asked of her.
The people in the hospital didn’t exhibit much patience or compassion in dealing with the situation. Just want to get things done. My cats get treated better at the animal hospital. They need to be trained how to interact with Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients. Not at the top of their to do list I’m sure. It would have been even worse if I wasn’t there I’m sure.
This visit was like we were an inconvenience to them. I could see the impatience in their faces. Why I don’t know because I saw a lot of standing around a talking this day about everything except what they are there for. I could hear what they were saying. I guess we were cutting into there gossip and me time.
They want a urine sample so they give us a cup to collect some. At this point mom can still get a trickle flowing if she has some privacy. But no, every few minutes someone has to stick their head in and ask if she’s gone yet. Not with all the interruptions. I would have had trouble peeing in that environment without an infection.
Shoot, as I walked up to the Nurses station to get my mom some ice to suck on they start turning away and acting busy. Totally ignored me. I had to speak louder than normal to get any of them to look my way. Just don’t want to be bothered. But give mom a cup to pee in and they won’t leave us alone more than about 3 minutes. Idiots.
So they resort to a catheter and drain the urine and get a sample for testing. If they would have had nicer attitude from the beginning it would have been easier on mom and me too. All the extra craziness just makes it harder for a person with Alzheimer’s. At least they drained her so the urgency and pain were gone gone. That’s the only plus I saw of the process besides finding out which antibiotic to use.
They send the sample to the lab to see what is causing the infection. This involves growing a culture overnight and testing with various antibiotics to determine which will be the most effective. They then fax the report to the family doctor who in turn calls us. It’s off to the drugstore to pick up the prescription.
The prescription requires taking food with it and is to be taken a certain times of the day. It’s the end of the third pill taking day (4th day since the doctor visit) before she starts to improve in the discomfort department. She was able to pass small amounts of urine during the treatment period. I didn’t need to take her back to the hospital to get her drained again.
So this whole process took over 4 full days from doctor visit until she started to feel better. By the end of the fifth day she was pretty much back to normal. That really tormented me but she was lucky in a way. She couldn’t remember what happened before or how long it had been.
They call this modern medicine. I hope you have a better medical community and experience where you are. I didn’t plan on talking about the hospital staff but as I wrote it bothered me so I let it fly. Remember it’s what happens when your not there and usually after visiting hours are over. I’m not saying there aren’t good people in the medical community. There are good people.
If you need a doctor go to one. Just take control of your own health or the persons your taking care of and make your own decisions. Do your own research. Ask questions and see if what they say agrees with your research. Listen to your inner voice. I say this not just because of my on experience. I recently read the that doctors kill more people each year than the top 2 diseases combined.
If they prescribe medicine look it up in a PDR Physicians Desk Reference before you even buy it if you can. The drug info is supplied by the drug manufacturer but there’s a lot more than comes with the medicine.
Check official websites if you can. They often have warnings that haven’t made it to print yet. Like these –
Reporting by Consumers – for reporting serious reactions, product quality problems, therapeutic in equivalence/failure, and product use errors with human medical products, such as drugs and medical devices. If you a problem happen don’t think you doctor is going to report it even if the doctor says they will. 99% of the time they will not so make sure you report it.
They had natural remedies 100 years ago that worked better. I found there are quite a few urinary tract infection home remedies. Problem is figuring out which ones really work and which one don’t but people that don’t know say they do. There is a lot of bad info being passed around on natural and home remedies. By bad I mean a waste of time but some may even cause harm. Check more than one reference when using herbs.
Even the PDR Physicians Desk Reference on herbs has mistakes. There is a PDR dedicated to herbs. I was going to buy a copy but before I did I looked through it and found many mistakes. They had it at Barnes & Noble. I was looking for the Merck Index when I found it and checked it out.
I call them mistakes but I wonder if they may be intentional. It still makes me question how reliable their other publications are. It may not surprise you to know there is a major disinformation campaign going on against natural cures. It all comes down to control and the all mighty dollar.
Most of the natural remedy information is from people that don’t know and haven’t done it. They just read it and repeat it and act like an expert but they’re not. Much of the info for treating simple stuff doesn’t work. What happens when something serious needs treating or even an emergency life or death situation.
Even if you know the correct herbs you need to know how to give them, the dose and how long. Many of the herbal books don’t have complete info or are worthless. Same with many of the top magazines dedicated to medicinal herbs, natural and alternative treatments. They sell because people know so little about the topic they can’t see they are junk publications.
I wanted a UTI natural cure because both my parents liked natural remedies and so do I. I want it to be safe. Each person may react differently to different natural remedies and herbs. A person may have an allergic reaction to a natural remedy or herb, just like they can to anything else, even food. I want it to work fast. I want it to work every time.
I found one. Worked for us in 2 hours every time. Better than 4 or 5 days. Leave a comment if you want more information the UTI home remedy and how I used it.