I had to call the District Nurse yesterday because I kept bypassing the catheter every time I moved, the pee that escaped caused a REALLY bad burning sensation in my urethra that made my eyes water, I also had a raging temperature and developed pain in my abdomen that made me double up in agony.
She came out to see me within the hour and took a sample of my urine through the catheter.
It tested highly positive for lucozites and nitrites(Or did she say nitrates?) and, as per usual with EVERY test over last few years, blood - so she said she would fax my doc and get him/her to put me on a course of antibiotics. Simon has to take a sample tomorrow morning for us to take to docs when we are there for my already booked appointment in the morning.
The nurse said the sample will need to be sent off and cultured to see what strains of bacteria are found to ensure I am on the correct ABs to get rid of it as I have not long finished a course of ABs for a previously pretty nasty UTI. (smoked kippers is an understatement!)
Hygiene cannot be stepped up any further, so I am at a loss as to how I got it.
Will let you know how I get on at the docs tomorrow AM.
IF my urine sample was clear, she would have changed the catheter to ensure that it was fitted properly, as I had been occasionally bypassing since the evening after the morning it was replaced. (nurse took female one out and put std/male one in)
*sigh* Nurse did say that catheters can cause infections. I guess a suprapubic, (not that I can have one) would be less of a risk?