So, uh…. we got the lab results back this morning when we took him to the hospital for his daily dose of antibiotics.
He, uh… he doesn’t have a Urinary Tract Infection. He probably never did. He’s fine.
Of course now that he’s ON antibiotics he has to STAY on antibiotics on the chance that he DID have some sort of bacterial infection. IF he did, stopping the antibiotics would be disastrous, and you know, what the hell. Why stop the party now?
So what happened? What the F*** is going on?
Basically, several days ago Maja woke up and discovered the baby was REALLY hot. She took his temperature and sure enough he had a fever. There were no other symptoms of sickness. What to do?
So she wanted to take him to the health clinic to get him checked out. ‘Cause, well, he’s 4 months old and has a fever. We don’t know that else to do in these circumstances. I brushed it off and didn’t think it was a big deal.
I want to say for the record, that while this turned out to be the case, i do not trumpet my nonchalance as the way to go and that she should listen to me from here on out. The fact is, i tend to be more nonchalant about these things and to assume they’re probably not a big deal. Maja takes the other approach. BOTH of these approaches TOGETHER work to his benefit. I am the one who doesn’t stress out and keeps her calm, and she is the one who sides on “better safe than sorry”. I don’t think she should be more like me and i am me and am not going to be more like her. Together these approaches make for a good parenting team. And sometimes i probably need to occasionally take some stuff more seriously and sometimes she needs to relax and take them less. This isn’t the point of my post today but i wanted it stated for the record.
We took him to the Health Clinic. They said the thing it was most likely to be was a UTI and needed a blood sample and a urine test.
I still don’t know what ever happened with that first blood sample. I’ll have to ask.
The urine test is where it all got screwy.
We needed to have him pee in a bag AND in a cup. The pee in the cup had to be NOT the first burst of pee, which was most likely contaminated, but the second half which would be LESS contaminated. As we did all this and ran around to all the various places they tell you to run around TO, Maja got in touch with a friend of her brother’s who works in a hospital who could get us in to see aNOTher doctor, a specialist or something, that very evening.
Off we went to the hospital. Meanwhile, the first round of pee tests were coming back full of bacteria. While it could be contaminated, they were also full of proteins and white blood cells and stuff they said certainly pointing to a UTI.
In the hospital we had aNOTHER round of blood taking and peeing into a bag. They sent us home to pee into aNOTHER cup.
At home we were sitting holding the cup under his little willy AGAIN, waiting and waiting for him to pee when we got a call: come BACK to the hospital NOW, (it was night by now) , some tests are in.
Well, the tests seem to indicate there are lots of bacteria, my what an amazing amount of bacteria and while the only way we will know for SURE is to stick the that damned catheter in his willy and get a truly uncontaminated specimen, it’s looking pretty hard core. The bacteria is resistant to every antibiotic they have exCEPT the one that has a risk for hearing damage. ( in large amount and over a long time). We had best stick the catheter in, start him on the treatment and on sunday we will know for sure just how bad he’s got it.
So now it’s sunday, we went in for his daily dose and to see the doc about the results. And the results are negative. No bloody UTI.
It’s POSsible he had something and the antibiotics we gave that first day wiped it. Not really likely, but hey. It’s possible. There was definitely SOMEthing wrong with him that had caused that fever, but it could’ve been anything, like a virus.
Who knows. We’ll never know. A lot of hoopla over nothing. Lots of hoopla, lots of nothing. He’s still gotta take those antibiotics though, cause once you start, you gotta go the distance.
It’s hard to know what to do in these situations. What should we have done? Do nothing? I wouldv’e done that, but one of these days i’m gonna recommend that and it’s not going to be nothing. how do you really know which? You have the internet, but self diagnosing over the net is actually NOT a great thing. LEARNING about what the problem is once you’re sure there’s a problem, the net is GREAT for that.
(“Omg,what wrong with him? Here, let me google his symptoms…. fever…. sweaty feet…. yeah he cried last night… didn’t poop in the last 3 hours… AAAAHHHHHH!!!!! OMG he has Beubonic Typhoid Urinasitice!!!!!!!” MY BABY!!!)
So there’s a lesson in here somewhere.
Don’t ever trust pee that was in a bag. That much i can tell you.