March TTC

  1. You have chosen to ignore posts from kargiver. Show kargiver's posts

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    It's not "in your body" we're referring to.  A general overprescribing of antibiotics creates resistance by gradual mutations in the bacterial population so that antibiotics eventually don't work at all on anyone and new, stronger ones, will need to be created so we don't have another Plague.  That's not to say I'm saying anything about this particular instance, just clearing up what sounds like a little misconception about what we're afraid of and why we are against taking anything as a precaution for an infection that rarely occurs.  Like I said in my very first post regarding how I wouldn't do it, I respect your right to follow your own doctor's recommendation and prescriptions.
     
  2. You have chosen to ignore posts from Chiclet831. Show Chiclet831's posts

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    IPW - I'm allergic to sulfa and penicillian too. I also used to get chronic UTIs and sinus infections when I was younger. (The UTIs cleared up as I got older, I had surgery to fix the sinuses.) I've had good luck with Cipro and the "cyclines" like I was given for the HSG. My allergic reaction was a rash, nothing as serious as you're describing your DH's allergies to be. 
     
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    Chicklet, I hope you never have chronic UTIs, again, but I suddenly started getting them a few years ago about one every six months, and since I've been drinking 4 oz of pure cranberry juice (Trader Joes') morning and night, I haven't had one.  It's been awhile...not sure how long, but I have the sense that I "should" have had one by now.  It tastes terrible, but it's not as bad as a UTI.
     
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    Thanks Kar. I'd been taking a cranberry pill supplement (among other things, including a 3 month course of Macrobid). I don't know if it was related to, ahem, my boyfriend at the time or my diet or something but I haven't had one, knock on wood, since college. My doctor has warned me that it might crop up again if I do get pregnant and after delivery, but we'll see.
     
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    LOL, Chicklet - I understand. ;)  Let's hope it stays away!  I think the cranberry thing really does work, though, and to my knowledge you can take cranberry pills during pregnancy, right?
     
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    Couldn't resist and did another test today, still postive. Guess I'll wait until the end of next week to make sure AF's window has come and gone, and make a doctors appointment. Have acid reflux, vivid dreams and unusually sore nipples so I'm taking those as good signs (though rather unpleasant ones). Good luck to everyone in the 2ww and with all those procedures.
     
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    Speaking of allergies.... I also thought I was allergic to penicillin.  Like Chiclet I had a rash like reaction when I was young and haven't taken it since.  When I told my ob/gyn I was thinking of ttc in the next year or so she suggested I get tested for the allergy.  She said although there are some safe alternatives to take while pregnant, penicillin is the safest.  SO... I got testing in August by my normal allergist (already go there for animal allergy shots all the time anyway) and it came back negative.  The allergist said that its common for childhood drug allergies to disappear over time.

    I haven't had an opportunity to test actually taking penicillin yet, but we'll see next time I need an antibiotic.  Its probably not an option for people who have had serious reactions but if you think your allergic because of a rash or other minor symptoms in the past it may be worth getting tested.
     
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    Great news, Fuzzy!!!
     
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    ALF cannot log in to BDC thanks to its broken login software and her using a loaner computer today.  However, we're in touch "on the outside" and she asked me to post this to IPW who asked about allergies:

    "My grandmother had an adult allergic reaction to penicillin in her
    40s. She lost all of her hearing as a result of taking it.  I was able
    to take it as a child w/o a problem, then took it again in my early
    30s for a raging
    sinus infection. I broke out in a rash that was extremely itchy and
    uncomfortable. I was already having trouble breathing b/c of the
    infection, so I don't know if I had additional breathing problems or
    not - it was a very bad infection and I was routinely gasping for air;
    I still don't know why they didn't admit me to the hospital b/c I
    could not breathe.
     I went to the dr. who determined it was an allergic reaction and I
    stopped taking it w/in a week. However, after that infection, I have
    had measurable hearing loss [which I had not had before] and developed
    bad tinnitus {which I had not had before]. I will need a
    hearing aid w/in the next 5 years based on my current rate of
    deterioration.  No way in hell am I chancing taking it again."
     
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    IPW, I am allergic to penicillin and usually have to take the Z tab.   As a child I took it and developed a serious rash and since I have asthma did have trouble breathing.  My son had allergry tests a few years ago and he is not allergic to penicillin.  
     
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    Wow, the experience ALF had is horrible!  Not sure I would have gone ahead with testing if I had known anyone with permanent hearing loss as a result before.  I'm thinking I'm safe to take it now though since the injected version didn't cause a reaction, but definately going to double check that.

    Fuzzy, that's great that it looks like its sticking!
     
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    Wow - ALF... that is so scary.  Thanks for "posting" via Kar!  And in our small universe of B.com TTC folks... so many penicillin allergies.  Perhaps its more common than I thought.  I will ask the pediatrician how old you need to be before you can test and perhaps we'll go the same route as Winter and get the test.  If its just a rash, I'm cool with trying it out on my son.  But if its major issues like lose of breathing or hearing... we'll stick with the other antibiotics that seem to work just as well (which he's taking now and is having no reaction!)
     
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    Thanks, Kar.  Yeah, if I just had a rash, it would be one thing, but my hearing is shot to hell now. I get tinnitis episodes at least 1x per day. 

    I took the rest of the day off. My laptop died and they are in the process of scrounging a new one for me at work - I 'borrowed' someone's but wasn't mapped to my email or other stuff so I took the rest of the day off.  Grrr.  No clue what I'm doing on Monday. Blackberrys are great, but are a PITA if you are trying to send or receive documents.

    If it's any consolation, I don't think hearing loss is a typical reaction.  No one told me that's how my grandmother lost her hearing until after I had an issue.  Grrrr. 
     
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    IPW, my DS was 6 or 7, it was first grade.  I had him tested for other stuff because his nose was ALWAYS leaking.  So I asked them to test for penicillin.  Turns out he's allergic to Dust, mold, pollen and dogs. They also did some common other allergies with the scratch test.  
     
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    ALF - I didn't realize hearing loss could be attributed to a drug reaction. I'm sorry that's happened to you.

    Kar - funny story... DH and I are applying for life insurance right now. We had to do the blood and urine tests (because I'm clearly not doing nearly enough of that for TTC...) and I just found out that I have to repeat my urine test because of elevated an red blood cell count. I find it impossible to have a UTI and not know! Looks like it's time for more cranberry juice before the tests. It's like cramming for an exam! :-)
     
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    Is that the only reason for an elevated red blood cell count?  I know, it's hard to believe you wouldn't know - my goodness the pain, the PAIN.  It makes me gasp for breath.  If you do have an early UTI, I hope you wipe it out with the cranberries!
     
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    Infection is the big one, could also be kidney stones. The fact that I haven't been in agony makes me think it's neither. I'm actually wondering if I didn't have a little bit of discharge from the Provera that might have affected the results.

    I've mostly decided that my life isn't complicated enough, so God decided to throw in a few more things for me to lose my mind over. :-)
     
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    Yeah, you'd be in pain from either of those.  I hope it's no big deal - like you say, you've got enough on your plate!

    ETA:  Are you a runner?  I was curious and just read that for unknown reasons strenuous exercise can cause it, and runners are particularly susceptible.
     
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    In Response to Re: March TTC:
    [QUOTE]Are you a runner?  I was curious and just read that for unknown reasons strenuous exercise can cause it, and runners are particularly susceptible.
    Posted by kargiver[/QUOTE]

    I've heard that too. I am typically a 2-3 day a week cardio person, but I hadn't been feeling well that week so I hadn't done any kind of activity. I think I might have had a little bit of pneumonia. I don't know if that would have affected a urine test. I am feeling a lot better though so maybe my few days on HSG antibiotics killed whatever was in my lungs and in my urine!
     
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    Let's hope!
     
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    Thanks for the ultrasound info. ALF, I can't believe you had such a serious penicillin reaction! That's so scary. There's nothing they can do for the tinnitis? I can't even imagine how obnoxious that must be. 

    I have--knock on wood and praise be to anyone who's listening--never had a UTI, but get yeast infections two or three times per year. I hope I never have to experience a UTI because I've heard they're ridiculously horrible. Chiclet, could there be other reasons for a high red blood cell count? I thought that was fairly normal in pregnancy because your heart actually grows in size and you're making more blood. 

    Fuzzy, great news that it's sticking!
     
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    Chiclet, glad to hear the HSG went well!

    AFM, I finally went to my new OB/GNY to talk about my irregular periods (still haven't gotten a period yet in 2012!). I'm frustrated because she only did a pelvic exam and said everything seems fine. I'm supposed to get blood taken next week and get an ultrasound at some point in the next few weeks. She said she may put me on Provera as the next step, after the blood test and ultrasound.

    It took me three weeks to get this initial appointment, and my follow-up appointment with the OB/GYN isn't for another 4 weeks. Does that seem like a  long time to anyone else? Unfortunately, I have military health insurance b/c my husband is in the military, and I have to go to a military hospital for my healthcare, so I don't have much choice in the matter. Ugh!
     
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    jl, I can't think of a reason she wouldn't be able to prescribe it immediately (without seeing you again, first) after the bloodwork results are returned unless the they showed it was contraindiated.
     
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    jleighla, my husband is military too and that is a LONG time to wait for your initial appt.  Most can do it w/in 1 week, if not w/in a few days.  Where are you located?  If you are in the MA/Brighton area and using the services that lets you go to civilian doctors, you are going to have the same appt wait time that you have for an HMO - several weeks for the intial and then a longer wait for the specialist. If you are in Tricare Prime and are using an MTF, you should be seen the same week for the intial, and then w/in 30 days after that, even if you are referred out.  If you are in a different version of Tricare [the ones w/ the copays], I'm not sure how it works b/c I've never done it, but my understanding is that it is supposed to be faster b/c you don't need a referral as long as they are an accepted Tricare provider - you can make the appt directly w/ the specialist. 

    The Brighton thing is associated w/ Johns Hopkins [I think its called US Family Health Plan] and it gives you more options. I found it a royal PITA in the DC area b/c of where we are located, so I switched back to Tricare, but friends who lived in the Brighton MA area loved that program up there.  There is something further north if you are in the Portsmouth, NH region, but I found that the drs w/ the MTF there were great and referred you out ASAP and you were seen w/in 30 days [that's how Tricare is supposed to work for outside referrals - they must see you w/in 30 days or else they get booted from the program].  Go see your Tricare manager if people are giving you the run around. 

    You do have options w/in the military insurance program, but they don't advertise them - you really have to look and bug people for answers. BTW, RE referrals ARE covered even though the tricare pamplets say it is not. I have friends who have used a RE for TTC and it is in fact covered, but that is not what you would think looking at the Tricare benefits pamphlets.

    With BRAC and deployments there are some longer waits, depending on where you are [this is what I was told when I had to wait several weeks for an appt w/ a specialist at at MTF but was also told that was specific to Andrews AFB- Belvoir does not have the same problems], but they should be able to move faster than they are. BTW, you can switch providers w/in the service - in other words, you are not limited to Army drs if your spouse is Army - you can go to AF or Navy MTF. I initially went w/ AF b/c they were closer, but switched to Army drs b/c the AF waits were way too long and the Navy MTF was inconveniently located.
     
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    JL - Sorry your doctor is being so slow. I'm surprised that your doctor didn't just draw your bloodwork during your first appointment. Seems like an obvious step to me. Hang in there!

    Just got off the phone with the nurse for my CD10 bloodwork. She said my estrogen is 37 and my progesterone is less than .5. Those numbers seem really low to me, but I can't really find a good source online about what they should be. The sonographer said that she thought I had a follicle that would ovulate in the next few days. I need to make my follow-up appointment with my doctor on Monday. Hopefully I won't have to wait too long to see him. If anyone has any opinions on these numbers, I'd love to hear them!

    Fuzzy, hope you're feeling well this weekend!
     

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