My doctor never gives up!
I am so grateful to have a doctor that has NEVER given up on me, when I know that others would have long ago. My IC issues alone are complex and difficult to treat, but these chronic UTI's I've been dealing with for the last 3 years has frustrated both me and my doctor. Although he was the first to admit that he knows all too well that his frustration is not comparable to mine.
We had a long talk yesterday about my situation with the UTI's and through my tears, I told him I understood that medicine doesn't always have an answer but that I had a hard time accepting that there was NOTHING we could do to help me get rid of these UTI's. He gave me a hug and said he was not giving up; that he would keep researching, talking to other doctors and doing everything he could to help me.
There's something to be learned from a doctor who has that attitude. If my doctor won't give up, then how can I? I must keep following his recommendations, be vigilant and never give up.
So, I have to keep self-catheterizing and be vigilant. I must keep my bladder as empty as possible as much as possible, since my retention is a leading cause of infections. I am using the vaginal estrogen cream, which also helps with preventing infections (in addition to helping with my vaginal/vulvar atrophy) and I have a catheter that I really like that is supposed to help with preventing infection. Here's a link to a little video about this catheter. I love them!