I have been an Interstitial Cystitis (IC) patient since 2002. Since then I also developed a rare lung disease and had a life saving Lung Transplant (Nov. 2014). I decided to create this blog to share my journey through IC and Transplant and hopefully help others as they deal with either IC or Transplant. This is meant to be a place of support, information & encouragement.
Friday, November 2, 2012
So today I had an appointment at my IC doctor’s office for a
pre-surgical urine culture; I know I have yet another UTI and the quick test
confirmed it, so we’ll see what the culture says when the results come back on
Monday. The doctor has said he will put me on the appropriate antibiotic and
keep me on it right up until surgery day, November 12th.This whole UTI situation has been so
frustrating and gone on for so long, that I am now at the point when I can tell
the nurses and doctor before they even check the urine that it will be
positive; haven’t been wrong once (guess that’s not really a good thing!).
But here’s the good news. I bumped into my doctor in the
hallway as I was leaving and we were able to chat briefly. He agreed we’ll keep
me pumped with antibiotics up to surgery day. But he told me even if I have a
UTI on surgery day he would not send me home and we will still go ahead (unless
I had a fever or more serious symptoms). I’ve been so worried about being sent
home after getting all psyched up for my surgery and getting to the hospital
only to be sent home and to have my mind put at ease really has helped me as I
prepare for surgery.
This also illustrates how we sometimes get all worried about
things we don’t need to worry about at all. I was able to leave and go get my
blood work done and felt so much more relaxed about everything. My surgery will
go on as planned, I am confident, and that’s a good thing. I’m a rip the
band aid off real fast kind of gal, and so if I have to have surgery, I would
just as soon have it as soon as possible and get it over with so I can begin to
heal. By the time the holidays roll around (right around the corner), I should
be doing pretty well.
It’s always important to go into any surgery with a positive
outlook and after speaking with my doctor, I am more relaxed and feel able to
approach my surgery with the right outlook.
"For myself I am an optimist
it does not seem to be much use being anything else." -Winston Churchill