Urinary Tract Infections
September 7, 2009 7 Comments
(Or how to lose $71 in three days)
When I went to bed last Wednesday night I noticed that there was a slight pain when I had to pee. Well, come around noon on Thursday I felt like I had to pee constantly, and when I did it hurt like I was peeing tiny toothpicks – not to mention there was a small amount of blood in the urine. All signs pointed to one thing: Urinary Tract Infection.
I had to teach on Thursday night, so I didn’t have time to go to Urgent Care, see a doc and get a prescription. So I ran over to CVS, grabbed some urinary tract medicine (an analgesic), some cranberry concentrated pills (i.e. about $15) and ran off to class.
The pills did their magic and for about two hours I was in sweet bliss. Then a slight pain would come back. And due to my inability to (apparently) read directions I thought I could take these pills every two hours (don’t ask me why I believed this, cause now that I’m reading the box it CLEARLY states not to take them more than 3 times a day and no more than 12 in a 48 hour period).
Anyway, so the pills work their magic (and make my pee a delicious color of red-orange), and since I’m feeling just fine most of the time I decide that I’ll try to let them and the cranberry concentrates do their work before paying the $40 co-pay at Urgent Care. At this point I’m thinking that spending $15 is better than spending $40.
So Mr Cousin and I head out for our Weekend Adventure with my UTI in tow. Things are fine except for the fact that I have to pee like every hour and once in a while I want to curl up into a little ball and die when I do so. But amazingly this is completely managable with two little red pills every two hours. Thus, it shouldn’t come as any surprise when I ran out of my original box of 32 tables and had to buy another box (bye, bye $8).
Come Sunday morning I woke up and couldn’t WAIT to get into Urgent Care. I was feeling sick from taking FAR too many over the counter pills and just wanted this stupid infection to be gone. I was tired of hurting “down there” especially while I was on what was supposed to be on a romantic out-of-town get-away. I left Mr Cousin‘s house early Sunday morning and drove straight to the Urgent Care. Within an hour I had peed in a cup, seen a doctor that looked like he was just transferred from somewhere in Texas, shelled out my $40 co-pay, headed over to CVS and was DOWNING my prescription sulfa drug (and the $8 co-pay that came with that) like it was going out of style.
Within an hour on taking the prescribed antibiotic I was feeling better. I’m still not perfect, but the doctor said I should be pitch perfect by Tuesday (else I should come back, because something more serious is wrong).
So, while I was trying to save myself the $40 copay, I ended up spending another $23 on over the counter pills AND suffering for an additional 3 days that I didn’t need to.
Moral of the story: Just go to f’n Urgent Care. Your health isn’t anything to cheap out on. And in the long run, it will just be more expensive if you do.