The gods chose to bestow some things only on women; things – like childbirth and Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) – so painful that men, if forced to deal with them, would fling themselves off cliffs en masse like lemmings, and thus put a swift end to all mankind.

During my visit to Doctor Neighbour on Wednesday, I mentioned a slight discomfort in my lower abdomen.  “Watch it and keep me posted” he said.

Thursday passed in a medication-induced and fluey haze and I went to bed early, only to be woken at 3am on Friday morning by excruciating pain, fever and nausea.  By 9am, when Doctor Neighbour’s rooms opened, there was blood in my urine.  I called the good doctor, who immediately sent me a 7-day course of antibiotics and some strong painkillers, saying that the symptoms should begin to abate in a day or two.

Later, I declined my husband and daughter’s invitation to go to a movie, telling them I felt too sick and sore, and that they should see to their own supper when they got home.  I took a hot bath and my pills and, like a wounded hound, crawled into bed.

They got home at 7.45pm and my husband put his head in the bedroom door.

Are you in bed already?” he said.


51 Comments Add yours

  1. deepercolors says:

    Think, if you had to go through that all alone. Better to put up with the obliviousneww (is that a word?) I think. but just my opinion.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Not sure if it is a word, lol!

  2. sonsothunder says:

    Ouch!!! What a dangerous, large looking cooking utensil you have my dear.

    1. theonlycin says:

      And it packs quite a punch 😉

  3. ouch, hope you are now feeling a whole lot better and that the lump on his head subsides before the christmas holidays

    1. theonlycin says:

      Still very sore, would you believe that I BOUGHT chicken soup?

  4. buttercup600 says:

    Cindy, you had me in stitches….but I know the pain that goes with it….I hope you feel so much better my friend….you are just in one word…Hilarious!!!! Love you loads xoxoxoxoxo

    1. theonlycin says:

      Love you too Hon, enjoy your afternoon/evening. xxx

  5. adeeyoyo says:

    Eina, Cindy! Been years (touch wood), but I know what you’re going through and hope it’s already gone by the time you read this. Drink lots of water.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I am doing so, thanks adee.

  6. Tandy says:

    I am so sorry you are not well. Drink lots of cranberry juice and parsley tea – and take out all your frustrations with that lovely roller, where ever it lands 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Will bang it about like a drumstick, Tandy 😉

  7. Paula says:

    OMG, Cin! It’s hard not to laugh, except I know I’m laughing with you, and not at you! As far as it being better not to go through this sort of thing alone – I quite disagree – I MUCH PREFER being left COMPLETELY alone when ill – it’s so much easier to just crawl under the covers and forget that anybody else exists, and to have no one to answer, or to answer to! “Yer darn tootin’ I’m in bed already – and if you hadn’t asked such a stupid question, I’d be asleep and out of my misery for a little while, you ignorant twit!” (That would be my fever-crazed answer, anyway!)

    BTW, what movie did they see? 😀

    1. theonlycin says:

      The movie was ‘Inception’, Paula. Haven’t asked them if they enjoyed it 😉

  8. aardvarkian says:

    Please take care of yourself, Cindy. Don’t have me worrying about you xx

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m feeling more human, thanks aardie 🙂

  9. Blossom says:

    Can I please borrow your one, mine is made of wood and far too soft for a certain head!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Certainly Bloss 😀

  10. halfp1nt says:

    Sorry Cin, I hope you’re feeling much better now. There’s a lot of truth in our problems stemming from men (menstruation, menopause ;-)).
    Has Old Spouse recovered?

    1. theonlycin says:

      bwahaha Shorty, I didn’t actually hit him …

  11. nrhatch says:

    Here’s the good doctor diagnosing your ailments:

    “Hmm . . . pain, fever, nausea. You may have . . . keep an eye on things . . . we’ll see how it goes . . .”


    “OMG. YOU bought store-bought Chicken Soup . . . you are sick! I’m calling the hospital to have you admitted right away.”

    Sorry you’re having such a tough week. Feel better soon.

  12. Lawrence C says:

    Don’t forget that even he is a jewel reflecting the jewel that is you in Indra’s Web [now I duck to avoid your swing of the rolling pin…]

    1. theonlycin says:

      *glares at Lawrence*

  13. gospelwriter says:

    No kidding! – When I hear things like this, I am right glad that I live alone…

    Maybe what the man really needs is a good few nightmares of experiencing womanhood from the inside out… 😉 – ah, not that I’d wish that on anyone, not really.

    1. theonlycin says:

      They really don’t have a clue.

  14. Chloe says:

    Ha – the title made me smile. So many men need “a smack on the head” – 😉 lol.

    So sorry to hear you have been under the weather – and hope you start to feel better VERY soon! Chloe xx

  15. Nzwaa says:

    I hope you get better soon Cin.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Things seem to be looking up NZwaa, thanks.

  16. Val says:

    Ah yes, I’ve been down avenue idiot with a male counterpart before Cindy. This is of course what frying pans are for a la Wilma Flintstone lol Please take care of yourself my dear friend and know that we all have a “Are you in bed already” guy somewhere in our past or present reality too and therefore empathize. “Sigh” it still boggles the female mind though. HUGS

    1. theonlycin says:

      I think my crowd gets alarmed, because I am so seldom ill and very rarely actually go to bed when I am.

  17. Phil is just the same when I am poorly. Infuriating. I’m investing in a rolling pin like yours, I can’t get enough purchase on mine.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Sometimes just having the rolling pin visible can be a great help 😉

  18. nrhatch says:

    Here’s the thing . . .

    Women tend to be stoic when sick. When they retire early, it’s always a bit of a surprise.

    In contrast, men who are sick never bother to get up at all.

  19. raisingdaisy says:

    That’s a familiar issue for all women, I think! I sympathize with your UTI, they’re just horrible. BTW, how’s Granny doing? She hasn’t posted in several days and I was concerned about her.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I will give her a ring, but her stepdad is visiting her, so she may simply not have had time to blog.

  20. slpmartin says:

    So sorry to hear that you’re not feeling deserved to be pampered.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks slpmartin, they did make me lunch yesterday 🙂

  21. souldipper says:

    This puts me in mind of a man friend who said, “You know, I didn’t know she was unhappy. Never had a clue.” when asked about his divorce. I know for a fact that both of them spoke English. 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      How funny and sad, souldipper …

  22. Tammy McLeod says:

    Oh girlfriend! I’ve been where you are and know how painful that is. Hopefully you’re feeling better now and give up the idea of the rolling pin. Honestly, it won’t make a bit of difference.

    1. theonlycin says:

      lol, I realise that 🙂

  23. Bee says:

    Oh I hope you are feeling much better now. How did we women survive before the wonders of modern medicine?

    1. theonlycin says:

      I am feeling better, thanks Bee, must have been hell in the days before painkillers 🙂

  24. klrs09 says:

    Don’t they sometimes just need a good smack upside the head? LOL Hope you’re feeling better soon. Drink cranberry juice (do you get that in South Africa?) I swear by cranberry juice when I feel any kind of UTI coming on.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Kathy; we do get Cranberry juice here, but it is fightfully expensive, about US$10 per 500ml.

  25. Naomi says:

    You’re AMAZING, Cindy! How do you maintain such a brilliant sense of humour in the face of a UTI? Hope you’re all better now!!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Cry and you cry alone … 😉

  26. Jamie Dedes says:

    Cindy, you’re too funny. I hope today finds you feel much improved.

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