Us nurses are always bitching about not having enough time to pee during a shift, and not being able to drink water. I always accepted this as "just the way it is" when you work in a busy ED. Until now.
I'd been having some discomfort on urinating for a few days (weeks?), and didn't think much of it. (I have a history of UTIs--one required antibiotics for almost a year to get rid of it, but that was years ago.) Then, two days ago at work, the pain got worse. So I dipped my urine: positive for leukocytes and a small amount of blood. I started having chills and feeling crappy. I figured I'd gotten another UTI, so I got myself a big bottle of water, and figured I'd call my doctor the next day.
And then the back pain hit. Bilateral flank pain. Ow. One of the docs noticed and said, "You're walking around like a kidney stone patient--what's wrong?" I told her and she said, "You probably have pyelo." Pyelonephritis. ARGH!
One prescription for antibiotics, coming up! After two days, I feel much better. And now I remember what it's like to pee without pain. I think I had a low-grade UTI for weeks, and then not peeing and not drinking enough water made it worse, and then it got up to my kidneys.
So here's my public service announcement: Nurses, drink and pee! and that's an order.