Knowledge is power. Or so they say. For me knowledge always comes with more questions. Well yesterday came with some answers, but even the doctors who know best do not know all. My trip to my physiatrist was productive, helped me understand some things about pain and UTIs, and it was nice to hear that I am doing things right. And that I need to keep going; especially with my FES bike.
Pain, especially nerve pain, has a connection to activity. The amount of activity done that day, the day before or even before that. For me reducing pain may mean reducing activity; especially when I am fighting something. This is so hard to do.
As for the UTIs, there is nothing that I am doing “wrong”. The problem is the catheters. Even though I use a sterile catheter each time, the human body does not like them. You see the urethra is a one way track from the bladder to the outside of the body. Urine flushes that passageway every time you pee. Everytime I use a catheter it is traveling in the wrong direction. Bringing along everything it grabs on to. That’s just the way it is. There is nothing else to be done. There is no smoking gun, nothing else that I can do to prevent them from happening. Nothing that I can change.
Apparently it just takes time. My doctor said he has no patients that have chronic infections, not past two or three years post accident. I am not alone in this, it is very common amongst new SCI people. Once again it just takes time. They don’t know what causes the change, but it will happen. The body adjusts, somehow.
In the meantime, I have to go this route. Imagine what these are doing to my gut? And getting the right one also takes time. Dropping a sample off at the lab and waiting for results takes minimum 48 hours, and while I wait I am given one that might be the right one….
|My selection of antibiotics from the last month or so.|