Third Time Is Not A Fucking Charm

I am now on round 3 of antibiotics. Yay. Cipro for 10 days which will bring me to 27 out of 30 days on antibiotics for what started as a UTI and has now spread to my lungs. The test in the office came back negative for any bacteria, but since the last test came back positive from the outside lab, there’s a chance the same will happen. What sucks, is that she believes (and I agree) that I do have Interstitial Cystitis on top of the UTI, based on the number and length of UTI’s I’ve had this year. I don’t tthink that it would be a concern if this was 3 years ago, but because my health has continued to decline, the likelihood of having I.C. is increased. PCP is also, again worried about developing cdiff so I’ve had to double my probiotics until I finish the Cipro. The only maybe good thing, is that if the urine culture that was sent out comes back negative, I can stop the antibiotics. I’ve already started hacking up the gunk in my lungs so stopping the Cipro probably won’t do much harm.

While I was there yesterday, I also got the results of my lab work and the results are surprising. For the first time in a very long time, my CRP is normal with a value of 8 (scale ranging from 0-10)! My liver and kidneys look good and the only thing that was off was my Potassium, which was low again. PCP instructed me to take a supplement for a week and then she’ll retest me and go from there. She suspects that an underlying issue is the cause for my low Potassium because (shocker), it makes no sense given the medications I’m on. I’m not worried about it to be honest. There are more important issues to worry about. I’m still trying to wrap my head around how my CRP is normal. A large part of me thinks that if I hadn’t been on 17 days of antibiotics at the time of testing, it would be elevated like it usually is. Is that the case? I don’t have a fucking clue. All I know is that I’m too cynical to have any hope at all and really, can you blame me? I don’t blame me. Abnormal is my normal, it has been for years, so normal has become abnormal. Confusing, I know, but that’s my life.

I’ll post another health update on Friday after I’ve had my Urology (Thursday) and Cardiology (Friday) appointments. Wish me luck.

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