I started feeling off on Monday. It was that feeling I get when I haven’t been drinking enough water. So I started drinking a lot.
I worked a 12-hour shift on Tuesday. That’s when the burning started. I called my doctor’s office and had them fax over a lab order so I could get a UA done that day.
By early Wednesday morning I was going every 15-30 minutes. And I was seeing blood. And hurting more. And had some chills. I called in sick. I watched a lot of television. I called for results which the office kept telling me they didn’t have. I called the lab who said they had faxed them that morning. I called the office back, and they said they’d look for them. I fell asleep and didn’t wake up again until the office had closed. I was feeling somewhat better – no more blood. I had a well-woman check-up the next morning, so I figured I’d get some antibiotics then.
During my assessment, I told the nurse practitioner what was going on.
– I think I have a bladder infection.
She stepped out to find those results and returned paper in hand.
– Honey, you have a raging bladder infection.
And then I had my first pap smear.