Thursday, September 1, 2011

Recovery Time / Depression

So today after finding out some more information on my recent illness I decided to write about it and after effects.

What is Urosepsis?

Sepsis is a life-threatening bacterial infection of the blood; urosepsis is sepsis that complicates a urinary tract or prostate infection. Urosepsis requires treatment with antibiotics and may require supportive therapies such as intravenous fluids and oxygen. If undiagnosed or untreated, urosepsis can progress to septic shock, a serious and life-threatening condition complicated by dropping blood pressure, rapid heart and breathing rates, decreasing urine output, and alterations in mental status.

The urinary tract consists of the kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. The kidneys filter the blood, creating urine, which travels through the ureters to the bladder, where it is stored until it exits the body through the urethra. In the male, the prostate wraps around the urethra as it travels from the bladder to the penis. Most of the time, bacteria that cause urosepsis enter the body through the urethra and make their way to the prostate or kidney before entering the bloodstream.

Symptoms of uncomplicated urinary tract infections can include burning with urination, the need to go to the bathroom frequently or urgently, cloudy urine, and pelvic or lower abdominal discomfort. Fever may be present. If pyelonephritis (kidney infection) is present, back or abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, high fever, shaking chills, night sweats, and fatigue may also occur. Any of these symptoms may precede the development of urosepsis.
Urosepsis is more common in women than in men, and is more likely to occur in the elderly or people who have weakened immune systems or conditions such as diabetes. Obstruction of the flow of urine by an enlarged prostate, kidney or bladder stones, tumors, or urethral scarring increases the risk of urosepsis, as does any condition that interferes with bladder emptying. Instrumentation of the urinary tract during surgeries, procedures, or catheterization increases the risk of infections that can lead to urosepsis.
Urosepsis is a life-threatening emergency. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you have symptoms of sepsis such as high fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit), rapid breathing, fast heart rate, weak pulse, profuse sweating, unusual anxiety, changes in mental status or level of consciousness, or decreased or absent urinary output.

So as you can see it was much more than I even thought. I am still suffering from extream fatigue, but as my doctor said yesterday, there are a lot of people who go to a nursing home for recovery after such an experience, So  am grateful to be at home. I just need to let my body heal and be patient.

Still to add complication is the fact that I am feeling depressed. I feel like when I get a step ahead something is there to knock me two steps back. I tried to look up and official explanation about depression but instead of writing a bunch of greek term, I mean that literaly; I am going to give you the good ole Tom's terms. Depression is when you feel like crap. You can't seem to care about anything or anyone. Now the official term say thought of death or suicide; I do not agree there because I do not have thought of hurting anyone or myself, I just feel like hiding in a cave for a few years. Do you suppose hermits were a case of depression? Any how I have not had to relate to the public on a daily basis for over two years so I am out of practice of "putting on the mask" and just toughing through it. But I know it will pass and there is always tomorrow and if the Lord comes back and tomorrow is not as usual well I guess we will be better off for it. So take care of yourself and if you are in a place that you feel there is no since to try or live please seek help. There is no weakness in seeking help. The actual weakness is in not seeking help. You may think no one cares but everyone has someone who would miss them if they were not here. So take care of yourself. Be kind to yourself, and most of all live for yourself.

Stress Reducers:
Believe in something
Care about something
Love something

Words of Wisdom:
When all seems dark and there is no where to turn remember there is one person in your life who cares what happens!

May the Lord give you the much needed and deserved relief in you life.


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