A teenager who couldn’t drink a glass of water without being sick was found to have a massive hair ball blocking her digestive system. Ayperi Alekseeva, from Kyrgyzstan, had spent years picking up hair from the carpet and eating it. She also chewed the tips of her hair. When she finally sought medical help, doctors pulled out a hairball weighing almost 9lb (4kg). They say without emergency surgery, the 18-year-old, who was badly dehydrated and malnourished, would almost certainly have died.
Harrison discovered he had an extremely rare antibody in his blood, a makeup of plasma so unique that it holds the cure to rhesus disease, a severe form of anaemia that causes either death or brain damage for newborns.
Researchers were amazed by his blood and its ability to save lives, so they insured his life for a million dollars. His blood has been used to create life-saving injections to combat rhesus. It was even used to help save his own daughter’s child. He’s now 77 and he’s been donating blood every couple weeks for the past 59 years totaling over 1000 blood donations. All of his donations have saved an estimated 2.4 MILLION babies that would’ve suffered from the rhesus condition.
That sounds incredibly frustrating. I actually reached out to nursing school friend, Julie, who was had a similar story and ended up using alternative methods of treatment, primarily diet. She sent us a long email with her experience, which I will include this this post.
I wanted to start by explaining the difference between “cystitis" and "interstitial cystitis”.
Cystitis is defined as inflammation of the bladder. This is usually caused by a bacterial infection aka urinary tract infection aka UTI. Treatment is a course of antibiotics. They can be recurrent, but there will aways be abnormal levels of bacteria in the tested urine sample.
Less common cystitis can be a reaction to certain drugs, radiation therapy or potential irritants, such as feminine hygiene spray, spermicidal jellies or long-term use of a catheter. Treatment for this would avoidance of irritants and comfort measures until the irritation subsides.
Interstitial cystitis (IC) a chronic condition in which you experience bladder pressure, bladder pain and sometimes pelvic pain, ranging from mild discomfort to severe pain.
Your bladder is a hollow, muscular organ that stores urine. The bladder expands until it’s full and then signals your brain that it’s time to urinate, communicating through the pelvic nerves. This creates the urge to urinate for most people. With interstitial cystitis, these signals get mixed up — you feel the need to urinate more often and with smaller volumes of urine than most people.
IC most often affects people with vaginas and can have a long-lasting impact on quality of life. Antibiotics might provide short-term relief, but inevitably are not adequate treatment because the underlying problem is not a bacterial infection.
For me info on IC the Mayo page does a really good job, including a variety of treatments! (You may notice that some of my explanation came from their website.)
Feel free to write in more questions and we can get into the topic further. I figured this post could be a good start. ~ Amanda
Read about Julie’s experience with IC. You’ll find out how she became symptom free using alternative treatment methods.
Thanks for reaching out about this. It does sound like interstitial cystitis symptoms. For me, the frequent urge to pee and feeling like my bladder was never really empty was also paired with a kind of unfamiliar “pressure/awareness” of my bladder.
In terms of treating the symptoms, yes diet was the way that did it for me. I am literally symptom free now and back to baseline. I just dug up the books I bought when I was figuring out whether I had interstitial cystitis and how to treat (forgive the melodramatic titles of the first two…):
-“To Wake in Tears” by Catherine M. Simone
-“Along the Healing Path” by Catherine M. Simone
These first two books are written by a woman who had a really severe case of IC. The writing is pretty sensational, but also genuine. Once you get past the intensity of the writing, she does have a lot of helpful advice scattered through about how to treat symptoms and heal the bladder. It was in her books that I learned about drinking marshmallow root tea to help gently detoxify and heal my bladder lining (and she gives the good advice not to drink too much of it too fast, so as not to shock your system). She also talks about the big diet no-nos for IC like caffeine, chocolate, alcohol. And, this woman becomes symptoms free too after having had a really bad case which is really encouraging.
-“The Interstitital Cystitis Survivial Guide” by Robert M. Moldwin MD FACS
This book tries to be more scientifically based. It also has a comprehensive list of foods that can cause symptom flare-ups (p. 176). And, he also adds that everyone with IC has a different make-up of foods that aggravate them, so not to assume that all of these foods will irritate them.
For me, I did a big elimination diet at first — removing all foods that could be potentially irritating (chocolate, caffeine, alcohol, soy products, processed foods, vinegars, acidic foods like tomatoes and citrus, fermented foods, etc). I think I followed his list. It was very restrictive, but I also felt much better pretty quickly. Then I slowly integrated formerly withheld foods back into my diet. At this point the only things I never have is caffeine. I try to hold out on chocolate too, because if I eat too much I can feel some symptoms coming back, but I still do eat some chocolate. I think the big initial elimination worked for me because it gave me symptom relief really quickly which made the annoyingly restrictive diet tolerable, and it also allowed my bladder lining time to heal I think.
Sorry that might have been too much info…. I just remember how uncomfortable I was before figuring out what was wrong, and I am so happy to be able to pass on what I learned to help others relieve their symptoms also.
A nurse is caring for a patient after a coronary angiogram. Which of these actions taken by the nursing assistant would most require the nurse’s immediate intervention?
a) The nursing assistant fills the patient’s pitcher with ice cold drinking water.
b) The nursing assistant elevates the head of the bed to 60 degrees for a meal.
c) The nursing assistant refills the ice pack laying on the insertion site.
d) The nursing assistant places an extra pillow under the patient’s head on request.
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Thats mildly hilarious
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A 56-year-old woman with diabetes admitted with abdominal pain and in septic shock and had developed disseminated intravascular coagulation and cyanosis of toes and fingers. A necrotic gallbladder was the culprit. She made a good recovery, however, the lesions of the right hand and right foot progressively necrosed, and amputation was required on hospital day 15. She was discharged on hospital day 24.
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