Can you believe it took me 3 days to draft this post and finally be able to publish this post? The past 3 days have been a suspense for me with lots of heart stopping moments. I’ve not had much time to sit at my work desk.
On Sunday morning I got a major heart attack. Cass told me that she felt pain when she peed. I knew instantly that it was another UTI attack. I could see it coming since a week ago. All the classic symptoms were present. The ‘time bomb’ finally exploded on Sunday. Cass told me in the morning that she felt pain when she peed. I felt like I had just been hit by a lorry. Each UTI would cost us at least RM6,000 and would risk her kidneys being eaten up by the nasty bacteria. Scarring of the kidneys would cause kidney failure.
No one would understand the fears and feelings that ran through my numb mind. If the UTI turns out bad with flank side pain, fever, nausea and loss of appetite, Cass would require a hospitalization with antibiotics given via IV line. Just 2 months ago, Cass was hospitalized for a UTI. It was her first UTI attack in 6 years. Our submission of claim from the insurance company is still pending, after being rejected 3 times *WAILS!!* 🙁 🙁
IF Cass requires another hospitalization, that would cost us another RM6k!!! Even RM600 would hurt us, what more RM6k! We would also have to be in the hospital 3 times a day for antibiotics jab to be administered at 9am, 5pm and 11pm.
I tried to remain calm so that I could think sensibly what I should do to prevent the vile bacteria from going all the way up to the kidneys. I always look towards natural remedies first and if they fail, we will turn to the doctor. But I am still not in favor of antibiotics. Cass was on oral antibiotics since 6 weeks old till about 16 months old. Every single day. On some bad days, she had to be on antibiotics drips in the hospital. On a few occasions during those UTI attacks when she was a baby and toddler, the bacteria were resistant to all the safe antibiotics. There were several times where she had a bad UTI attack and none of the safe antibiotics were sensitive to the bacteria. And my most trusted pediatrician had to make a tough decision to give her a random antibiotics (for UTI) with both of us praying hard that the antibiotics would work on the bacteria. But the antibiotics only managed to offer short-term relieve. Several weeks later, the bacteria in dormant mode would spring back to life and attacked her urinary tract again. Those were my deepest darkest days in the hell hole of the hospital. I do NOT want to re-live those hellish days. No one should go through these days in the hospital with their child, not even my worst enemy.
Anyway, after 3 days of research on the internet, I am certain that the bacteria in the previous UTI attack in November 2015 were not 100% wiped out from Cass’ urinary tract. I found out from my research that antibiotics would only offer short term relief. If the antibiotics fails to completely eradicate the entire clan of bacteria from the body, there would be a recurrent UTI attack. The only way of completely removing the bacteria from the urinary tract is not through antibiotics but through a more holistic way. If you google the risk of antibiotics overuse on your body, you will be shocked to read the findings. The bacteria can be flushed off from the urinary system through drinking lots of fluids and eating an alkaline diet. When I say a lot of fluid, it really is a lot! And one must be drinking the right kind of drinks. I have been busy planning and reminding her to drink different kinds of potion every hour of the day, round the clock!
For the past 3 days, I have been feeding Cass with these:
1) Waterfall D-Mannose (WDM) – every 2 hourly. I got up at 2:30am and 4:45am to feed her with this and to bring her to pee for the past 2 nights. Bacteria attaches to WDM and gets flushed out from the urinary tract. I bought this product online from the UK.
2) Izumio hydrogen water – 4 times a day
3) Manuka honey + propolis – twice a day
4) Fresh coconut water
5) Ural – twice a day
6) Lots of barley water. Barley is alkaline and good in cleansing the bladder and kidneys.
Yesterday I asked Cass how she would rate the pain in her bladder area when she peed and she told me 5/10. This morning she told me that it has gone down to 4/10 and gradually to 3/10. Later in the day today, she told me that the pain has been reduced to 2/10 to 1/10 and finally 0! But hours later, she told me that she had a 3/10 – 4/10 pain level again at her bladder and private part area. Her yoyo pain level is driving me nuts!! This girl is tagging me along for an emotional roller coaster ride with her. Can’t blame her but I am so emotional now. My eyes are burning now from weariness.
Apart from the pain only when she pees, Cass is otherwise as active and cheeky as ever. Appetite remains unchanged. No fever and no nausea. Thank God! I pray that Cass would continue to heal.
I am still very worried of Cass. It can be easy to treat a non-severe UTI with home remedies if one has a normal urinary tract. For Cass, she has an abnormal urinary tract (duplex right kidney and dilated right duplex ureters), which makes it harder to eradicate the bacteria completely. She is going to skip school for the whole of this week. Even when she is totally pain-free (hopefully by tomorrow or Thursday), I will have to be in school to watch her like a hawk for 2-3 hours a day. She still needs to drink fluids like a fish and pee regularly to keep flushing out the bacteria. I suspect that she is holding back on her pee ever since school started early this month. I know she is embarrassed of having to seek permission from the teachers in the presence of all her classmates, every hourly to pee.
Can everyone pretty please pray for Cass’ complete recovery from UTI without the need for hospitalization and antibiotics?
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