Since my temperature is normally 97.4° as my fever spiked to 99.6° I was concerned. Consequently I was suspicious of a UTI urinary tract infection. To find almost any information from paralyzed people with firsthand knowledge visit the Mad Spaz Club . (I found the website while I researched UTI’s and supra pubic catheters and it seems to be an excellent resource.)
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Difficult Urinary Tract Infection Diagnosis
Due to my highly resistant bacteria whenever I was sick it was difficult to find an antibiotic to treat the infection. Therefore my home health nurse ordered a urinalysis, urine culture and sensitivity. The urinalysis showed an infection and the doctor immediately prescribed an antibiotic, but a few days later the other tests (urinalysis and culture) showed that antibiotic wasn’t sensitive to the bacteria. Then my doctor prescribed a different antibiotic. I had taken the first medicine for seven days and the second for ten days, but it didn’t work and I got another round. Since my fever and spasms returned in three days the doctor ordered a new round of urine tests and also blood tests.
Difficult Blood Draws
My veins roll, they collapse, and in short, I am a difficult stick. The weather had grown cold and the cold usually makes a blood draw harder, because it seems like the veins disappear. So I placed a warm towel around my arm and hung it off the bed in an effort to make my veins easier to find. All things considered it wasn’t surprising when the nurse tried three different times and she didn’t collect enough blood. The home health nurse decided that my temperature and dehydration caused the difficulty with the blood draw. Consequently she planned to try again in a couple days.
As shown above the nurse returned and tried again. Overall the nurse required two more attempts before she collected enough blood.
Additionally nurses and phlebotomis use a butterfly needle in order to draw blood, because it is a much smaller needle. To summarize my attempts to bring my veins to the surface included warming my arm and coupled with hanging my hand off the bed blood draws are easier.
See Part 2 Urinary Tract Infection Post