Wednesday 02 August
Duty 3616; not much happened, drove to Newton back to Brixham back to Newton etc, etc,etc.
Thursday 03 August
Day off, bit of shopping in the morning, couple of pints in afternoon, tellie in the evening. Exciting life down here in Torquay.
Friday 04 August
Woke up feeling like hell. Temperature up, arms and legs aching, clammy skin; Flu like symptoms but I felt well enough for work.
Saturday 05 August
Felt much better, almost looked forward with joy in my heart to work. During the day, each time I went for a pee it did become slightly more obvious that I had a problem that was nothing to do with flu. Never mind, day off Tuesday, go and see Doc.
Sunday 06 August
Got to work and had a drink of water, needed to pee at once. Pee also contained blood. Passing blood can be one of life's most painful moments. Yes I expect child birth can be painful too but you don't give birth 4 or 5 times a day. In the end the pain got so bad I had to become SOD. (Sick on Duty) Got home; entered blood+urine in NHS search engine and it came up with lots of possibilities, the first being bladder stones.
Monday 07 August
Saw Doc, told her my problem and presented a small sample. She tested it. Infection in the tube that allows urine to get from the bladder to the outside world, well the sewerage system anyway.
Take these pills, you will be fine in a day or two.
Tuesday 08 August
Started taking Trimethoprim tablets yesterday, feel better already. Pain gone, urine looks the right colour again, and the right amount. I've always said mankind's, sorry personkind's, greatest invention was Trimethoprim tablets. Never mind the wheel, fire or the internet, they all pale in to insignificance compared with Trimethoprim.
Oh yes; one other thing; I felt so bad over the weekend that I stopped smoking and hardly noticed. It's an ill wind......
Still got my return to work interview to look forward to.