Hey dear, I am here again. This time around, with a gist for you!
Do you all remember Lade? Lade is the client I spoke about in my previous post. If you haven’t read the first part of the gist, you cannot understand, so quickly click here to read it first.
So Lade is back to see meand this time, with severe symptoms.As a matter of fact she couldn’t sit properly at work – she goes to the ladies almost every 5 minutes as the urgency/frequency of urination was so fast.
I eventually sent her to the laboratory again, to do some tests (microscopic urinalysis, and urine culture), this time, she did not even object. She went immediately and the result came out the same day.
The result revealed that she had a recurring urinary tract infection and Vaginitis.
Apparently, she didn’t mention all of her symptoms because she was in a hurry and also, because she doesn’t know a normal vaginal discharge, it was difficult to figure out an abnormal one. Not only did she refuse the initial request for laboratory investigation, she also didn’t complete the course of antibiotic that was given to her because of the relief she felt after 3 days of taking the drugs.Remember, I told her to change her undies (which she said she has been using for over 3 months) but when she came back, she said she forgot to do what I told her.Meanwhile, she has also been waiting for conception which has not been an easy process for herself and her husband.
After receiving the result of the tests, we gave her some antibiotics with warning to adhere and comply strictly with the prescription.
Here are the lessons to be learnt here:
- Understand yourself (especially women).Know the normal features of your reproductive organ so that when there is a deviation from normal you will quickly detect it.
- Always be patient when you are in the healthcare facility or when talking to your healthcare providers in order to carry out necessary investigation.
- Always comply with the medical advices you are given. Lade was told to go for a laboratory investigation (which would have enabled us to arrive at the correct diagnosis) but she said she was in hurry and could not leave her job.
- Always comply with the drug prescription given by your healthcare provider in order to prevent a recurrent issue (in case of infection).
- Also, always maintain good personal hygiene (especially washing and changing of underwear and sanitary towels during menstruation).
NB: Urinary tract Infection is an infection in the body’s urinary system, which includes the kidneys, ureter (the tube that carries urine from the kidneys to the bladder), the bladder, and the urethra (the short tube that carries urine from the bladder to outside the body) and Vaginitis is an inflammation of the vagina that can result in discharge, itching and pain. The cause is usually a change in the normal balance of vaginal bacteria or an infection.
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