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entry Mar 15 2008, 10:50 AM
For guys, if there is a question about your prostate, you know fingers are going where you don't want them. Since my doctor had been there before, it wasn't going to be that traumatic...of course, my doctor was off, today. Instead, I would see a nurse-practitioner (NP). Bad enough I was there to talk about bloody urine, after sex, and get a prostate exam, but now it was going to be with a stranger...worse, the NP was female, about 30-ist, tall, thin, blonde...she looked like one of those TV female doctors you never expect to see in real life. Now, a younger, single man might have dreamed about this situation, but it's very different in real life when you're over 50 and overweight. I was very embarrassed. She examined me for a hernia, as well, to be thorough, and it was thoroughly humiliating. She was very professional and sensitive, asking permission and apologizing for what had to be done. I apologized, too.
My web research suggested they would perform a series of tests and, if no other cause was found, would assume it was infection and give me an antibiotic. This is because many people are getting these over-prescribed, causing more health problems than are solved. It may be the NP noticed I hadn't had any antibiotics in over 13 years, because she prescribed ciprofloxacin, a powerful antibiotic, to treat the most likely cause (infection) while we investigate the other causes through a series of tests. I had urinalysis, urine culture, blood tests and x-rays of the kidneys, bladder and prostate. Don't know the results of all that, yet. Some possible future tests to look forward to are ultra-sound, CT scans, and my favorite...a camera they insert in a tube to look at the inside of the prostate, bladder and kidneys. If they give me pictures, I'll share them with you.

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