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  1. In your position? I'd probably wait to speak to...

    In your position? I'd probably wait to speak to your urologist I'd be nervous by having the Foley catheter taken out right before coming home and especially with a UTI going on, leaving you to deal...
  2. Thanks, I asked him and I guess they ruled out...

    Thanks, I asked him and I guess they ruled out osteomyelitis (whew). Yeah that's how the Canadian system *usually* works here too, they send you home with IV antibiotics via homecare, at least that's...
  3. Fair, I'll look into how that's done. In my...

    Fair, I'll look into how that's done. In my experience patient advocacy isn't especially helpful but it's worth a try. It might be different when you're a long-term inpatient too.



    Good point....
  4. Sore healing but infections keeping up? Docs won't address bladder stones either...

    Hello, I posted a while ago about my friend with a SCI (high T, incomplete - unsure exact level) and you all had helpful advice. He's been admitted on an internal medicine floor for 2.5 years now...
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    Wild guess here I'm no doctor, but reusing...

    Wild guess here I'm no doctor, but reusing catheters is playing with fire, especially if you say you use them 3 times before you clean them!?

    I get it, maybe you have no choice. I know I've been...
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    Oh I'm aware and I have docs that agree now and...

    Oh I'm aware and I have docs that agree now and understand that they aren't simple infections, I guess I was just pointing out what I noticed having seen a lot of random docs before. Most know Cipro...
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    It's funny you mention that. I've noticed that...

    It's funny you mention that. I've noticed that anyone *other* than urologists and infectious diseases all seem to jump straight to Cipro for UTIs. I agree with you, I'd been telling them for years I...
  8. Fingers crossed! At least if it does they can...

    Fingers crossed! At least if it does they can load me up with Zofran and whatever else and I won't be home alone trying to deal with it. That in itself is reassuring. I've had a pile of mishaps too,...
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    Well, since it's not always the same bug, you...

    Well, since it's not always the same bug, you technically don't have a mutant infection but actually just many infections, or an infection that isn't being treated properly...a mutant infection would...
  10. I thought it was the med too at first so maybe...

    I thought it was the med too at first so maybe you're right. They warned me last minute, I had to decide on the spot but they were pretty insistent. I'll probably avoid that hospital anyway, it's the...
  11. Spinal Anesthesia - What went wrong last time?

    I'm set to get bladder Botox again in a few weeks, as usual they'll be doing it under spinal anesthesia because of spasms/pain. I just have some concerns about the spinal since last time it was a...
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    I hope a nurse can chime in as I'm not a quad...

    I hope a nurse can chime in as I'm not a quad but...

    That sounds like a high dose of Baclofen already? For me anyway weird sudden increases in spasticity usually means there's an underlying issue,...
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    I know you posted this a few months ago but...I...

    I know you posted this a few months ago but...I had a similar experience with a GI doc and a colorectal surgeon umf, and my GP was just as equally useless, didn't understand the difference between...
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    That's a good idea actually. Could you try to put...

    That's a good idea actually. Could you try to put the leg bag on the inside of your leg maybe? Or in the back like suggested. You'd have to twist it around to empty it of course, not sure if that's...
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    Yes I'm aware it's for prevention! I just wanted...

    Yes I'm aware it's for prevention! I just wanted to make sure she knew that, her question was a little vague on how she would be using it.

    My problem with Gentamycin was that I got a few false...
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    Is it cheaper in the US? Gentamycin (which was...

    Is it cheaper in the US? Gentamycin (which was good for 10 days refrigerated?) cost me 68$ per bag (204$/month). And Tobramycin cost a bit less at 49$ per bag (but was only good for 5-7 days...
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    I suppose it would depend on the antibiotic. Some...

    I suppose it would depend on the antibiotic. Some (if not most?) oral antibiotics have to be metabolized or "activated" by CYP450 enzymes from the liver as it passes through the gut and Cipro is one...
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    Haven't had much luck with antidepressants so...

    Haven't had much luck with antidepressants so can't really help there - but I do know that some do stop working and some people have to try different ones (like a few) that work for them, or a combo....
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    Good to know thx! I tried unscrewing it but it...

    Good to know thx! I tried unscrewing it but it wasn't budging and I didn't want to force it/rip the bag, now I know. I'll report when I do get a new one (hopefully not soon cause, $) or maybe someone...
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    Apparently there's a way to remove the lid to...

    Apparently there's a way to remove the lid to change the bag but I can't find the instructions and I don't want to try it until I have extras. - I wonder if there's a way to connect that lid to a...
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    As said above, try different catheters? Do you...

    As said above, try different catheters? Do you have a urologist? Usually they have all kinds and you can try them (coude, larger, smaller, even different brands may make a difference). I found that...
  22. As a general rule (here anyway) is no antibiotics...

    As a general rule (here anyway) is no antibiotics before a C&S is sent in. As other have said, it's odd that that they put you on Macrobid right away. Well ok, not that odd, many that aren't familiar...
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    To answer your questions: - Any indwelling...

    To answer your questions:

    - Any indwelling catheter can increase the risk of UTIs. But then again so can restricting fluid intake as you're currently doing or the urethral Foleys they are...
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    It's also on the pill bottle if you look closely....

    It's also on the pill bottle if you look closely. Apo-Baclofen means Baclofen manufactured by Apotex, Mylan-Baclofen would be Baclofen manufactured by you guessed it, Mylan. Sometimes it's below the...
  25. Hey all, Apologies for the late update. I...

    Hey all,

    Apologies for the late update. I appreciate all the comments and you were all right. My friend is doing a LOT better. Turns out he had two infected abscesses near the wound and spine and...
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