I was to collect Baby C’s urine today to be sent to SJMC to be tested. Last night, I had planned carefully what to do today. I should wake up at 6am today, nurse Baby C, do some work on my computer, go for my morning jog, take my bath, prepare Aly and Sher for school, prepare Aly and Sher’s lunch box, nurse Baby C again, collect her pee and hubby to send pee to SJMC, placed in an ice-box at 10am BUT my plan went haywire when Baby C just wouldn’t cooperate with me.
Dr Indon of SJMC wants the pee collected without the use of a urine bag as chances of contamination is high with a urine bag. I am to carry Baby C in such a way that her legs are apart and let her wee wee directly into the sterile bottle. But when the actual collection of pee was done today, it was really STRESSFUL, FRUSTRATING and I really wanted to CRY and scream in frustration. This is my first time collecting baby’s pee without a urine bag and it wasn’t easy, as expected. Baby C was really traumatized and distraught.
My maid sat on the green stool whilst I sat on the white stool and we started off Round 1 at 9:30am. Baby C was struggling, arching her back, screaming, crying, kicking and she poo pooed! Her pee only dribbled out DROP BY DROP during the entire collection session. She also poo pooed and I had to clean her up very carefully so that the urine won’t be contaminated.
Very long story cut short, after 20 agonizing minutes for Baby C and me, this is the amount of urine collected. Pathetic isn’t it? What do I expect? It was collected drop by drop with great pains. Baby C didn’t give me wee wee fountains like she would EVERYDAY without fail. Why of all days she just wont give me a good shoot of pee today?
This bottle of pee is only sufficient to be poured into the bottle with boric acid for the urine culture (bottle on the right with white powder inside). I needed another bottle for the urine FEME test. But Baby C was wailing away and she was really very traumatized and distraught. I was distraught too. Why? Coz the bottle of urine for culture was already in the fridge. I was told by the medical assistant at Dr Indon’s clinic that the urine cannot stay more than 2 hours in the fridge and I was running out of time. The urine had to reach SJMC latest by 12:30pm. Our house to SJMC would take 20 minutes to reach at the quickest and hubby was very busy today. So I callled SJMC and the hospital near my house to arrange for the urine test to be done at the hospital nearer to my house. Then, hubby was to collect the urine report and bring it to SJMC to see Dr Indon for her to prescribe Baby C the new antibiotics.
I put Baby C for a quick nap whilst I quickly ate my breakfast at 11am. I only have 1 more hour to collect another bottle of pee and I just knew that I would not be able to meet the deadline. After breakfast, I woke Baby C up and of course that made her bawl. The moment I removed her diaper, she peed big time and the pee was everywhere on her body! Sh*t!! I had to nurse her again and wait for another half an hour for the pee to come out. I really wanted to cry. Baby C could sense my frustration and agitation and this made her bawl and struggle more when my maid carried her, whilst I held on to the bottle.
It was really a big hoo-ha. My maid was carrying Baby C who was arching her back, kicking her legs, bawling away till she almost puke, my mil was trying to distract baby with a rattle and I was sitting on the floor, holding the bottle, making “shee shee” sounds and staring at her phet phet, waiting for the pee to come out but only drops of pee trickled down. I just knew that the urine will be contaminated as Baby C had pooed twice and the urine that trickled down touched her anus too. Though I had cleaned the area with water and cotton, there could still be traces of bacteria there.
When Baby C was really distressed, I nursed her… with her diaper removed and my maid held on to the bottle, trying to collect the pee. Baby C was crying away as she latched on…. and kicking her legs. I was really stressed out and so was Baby C. I was dry…. no milk flowed out due to the stress and Baby C was dry too…. no pee flowed out. I really wanted to cry and scream!!
Long story cut short, my hubby was already outside the house at 12:30pm. I just passed whatever urine I had collected to him and prayed that the urine in the second bottle would be enough for the test. Thank God it was enough though it was very little.
Results turned out that there were still 10-20 WBC (white blood cells) in the urine, which means that there is still an infection in the urine. Last week’s results were 20-25 WBC.
Very long story cut short, I am required to bring Baby C to SJMC on Friday for another urine test. This time, Dr Indon will insert a catheter into Baby C’s ureter to collect a ‘clean urine’ sample. It’s going to hurt but it’s the best way to get an accurate reading of the urine test. Poor Baby C, she will have to endure another painful time. Sigh…. I just hope we will get out of this nightmare very soon!