Blood In Urine!! Check Your Ery/Ul Level
When you are 60 : urine infection
I am 60 years old. When you reached this stage in life, you tend to be more health conscious. For me, I place high priority on my personal well-being. I know what ill-health can devastate one's lifestyle. So when I noticed blood in my urine, it was a rude shock for me! My mind went blank for a moment. Then I was in no mood for anything and quickly took my shower. And it took the life out of me when I started to shake uncontrollably. I was in a state of accute panic. Never had I experienced such a trauma. I stopped the shower and quickly went to the kitchen to take a glass of warm water; then lay down with my blanket on me. Thoughts of fear of death, fear of death, fear of death!
What's going to happen to my 5-year old granddaughter who is under my full-time care. My poor wife! (Hey! I need to achieve the "30 hubs within 30 days" challenge!") Then as if by some unseen hands, a sudden ring on the phone. My dear sister called! She being a retired nurse with vast hands-on experience, always brought some much needed psychological comfort when one is down with sickness. Although there wasn't anything she could do for me at that moment of panic, just a call from her brought comfort to me. When my body began to relax, some sanity returned. After a much needed rest, I consulted my "best friend" the internet, and searched for "blood in urine."
Overnight authority on "blood in urine!"
After a few minutes engrossed in the internet, I became an instant authority on "blood in urine!" :
"Blood in the urine is a common problem. The medical term for red blood cells in the urine is hematuria. Sometimes blood in the urine is a sign of a serious problem in the urinary tract, while other times it is not serious and requires no treatment. Only after a thorough evaluation by a health-care provider should blood in the urine be attributed to a non-serious cause."
Causes of Blood in the Urine:
Hematuria has many different causes.
- Blood in the urine can come from any condition that results in infection, inflammation, or injury to the urinary system.
- Cancers of the kidney, bladder, and prostate become a more common concern in people older than 40 years of age.
- Some causes of hematuria are serious, others are not.
The well-known causes of blood in the urine include the following:
- Kidney stones
- Infections of the urinary tract (UTIs) or genitals
- Blockage of the urinary tract, usually the urethra: by a stone, a tumor, a narrowing of the opening (stricture), or a compression from surrounding structures
- Cancer of the kidney, bladder, or prostate
- Kidney disease
Sometimes no cause is found for blood in the urine.
- If serious conditions such as cancer, kidney disease, and other chronic diseases that cause kidney damage or bleeding are ruled out, the cause is usually not serious.
- The hematuria will probably go away by itself or continue as a chronic condition without doing harm. Any changes should immediately trigger a return visit and evaluation by your health-care provider.
What a mouthful. Now I know why I could not be a doctor! You need to be highly intelligent! Be that as it may, the last information above was a welcome consolation, but then the thoughts of cancer and kidney disease kept flashing in my mind! I have a special "death" phobia whenever I felt sick in the toilet.
That evening, I think I broke the world record of drinking the most glasses of water in the shortest time period! There was nothing I could do , so I went to sleep.
May I be well and healthy.
It happened on a Saturday, so I had to spend an agonising Sunday, just drinking water, plenty of it; like crazy! Came Monday, you know what I did? No prize money for guessing it right. Straight to the clinic; a urine test was done, and confirmed "blood in urine!" ERY 250 ery/ul 4+. What's that. I was not in the mood to ask. What I knew was that there was BLOOD IN MY URINE!! I was given Potassium Citrate Mixture (Urine alkalizer) and was told to return in a week's time.
I took the medication like a most obedient child. I also put into immediate action my home remedy which I have been taking periodically, "boiled parsley water." I also consumed a huge watermelon, and told my wife rather selfishly that I wasn't going to share with her. The watermelon was going to be the "canon" that will blast the kidney stones into smitherines, if they dare occupy my kidneys!
The next 7 days were the longest period of my life; felt like 7 years. Today, I returned to the clinic and did the urine test again. To my utter relief, no more blood in my urine!! I felt like having struck a milliom dollar lottery!!
Now I am the mood to know what this "ERY 250" is all about. Consulted my "best friend" again, and found out:
"Blood (hemoglobin) in urine test"
Normal blood range in urine should be less than 3 ery/ul.
For whatever reason or reasons, this eye-opening episode was certainly a reminder to me that it's time I have a full medical check-up. I shall do so in due course.
In the meantime, may I be well and healthy; and so may you too!!
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