I’ve fallen, but I will get back up. Promise.

by singlemomseeking on May 21, 2008

After sleeping with the Biologist recently, I woke up the next morning with a urinary tract infection. I’ve had one once in my life, so I knew the signs. (Note to self: What happened to forgetting to pee! A little lube would’ve been a good idea, too.) I was sure I could kill that UTI by downing some cranberry juice and acidophilus. Apparently not.

After my allergic reaction to the medication I took following my poison oak, I dreaded going back to the doctor and getting amped up on more drugs. I have a high pain tolerance, but I couldn’t ignore the pain rising in my insides.

When I woke up with a fever, I knew something was wrong. I went to the doctor’s for a urine test, and she prescribed antibiotics. I started the first dose, but back at home, I couldn’t stop shaking. What was wrong? Thank goodness, my dad was with M yesterday, and they came home to find me in bed, shivering.

My dad looked scared when he saw me. I told him I’d call the doctor. She told me to come right in. My little M said, “Mommy, are you going to be okay?”

Yes, sweetie.

I walked in dizzy, with 104 fever. A kidney infection.

There was talk of sending me to the hospital, and thank goodness the color started to come back in my face. The antibiotics were working. I could go home and sleep.

The doctor said that I’d need to have someone here overnight “in case things take a turn for the worse,” so my friend Arden came over to have a slumber party with our girls. She even washed all my dishes in the morning. I’m forever grateful.

When I wake up, I dive back into my overwhelming work pile. I keep listening to that song, “Falling Slowly,” from the Once soundtrack, which I do whenever I’m feeling vulnerable. Thanks for being there when I come back. Photo courtesy of Mark Anthony

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singlemomseeking May 27, 2008 at 4:01 pm

Thanks to all of you for the virtual get wells and hugs.

They have helped. Really.


Kim May 25, 2008 at 2:18 pm

Never mind hun. Get well soon.




Victoria May 25, 2008 at 6:58 am

Oh Heavens. Feel better soon, chicky.


gail May 23, 2008 at 3:19 pm

get well, Rachel and take good care of yourself! g


Susan May 23, 2008 at 1:27 pm

Feel better, Rachel!


Shannon May 23, 2008 at 5:39 am

So sorry to hear about this and will be sending hugs hoping you’ll be better soon!


Leslie May 23, 2008 at 5:30 am

Ugh! Hope you’re back in fighting shape soon 🙁


VJ May 22, 2008 at 10:35 pm

Hope you’re feeling better soon. And yeah, precautions are always the best. Cheers & Feel Better! ‘VJ’


Jonathan May 22, 2008 at 8:36 pm

Thanks for your kind note. I stumbled upon your and Ms. Single Mama’s blogs yesterday and they’ve both made me think about a lot of things. So thanks for what you’re doing.

More importantly, hope you are 100% soon!


judy May 22, 2008 at 4:31 pm



dadshouse May 22, 2008 at 10:50 am

That sucks! Hope you get well soon. Any precautions that could have prevented this?


GLSD May 22, 2008 at 9:12 am

Are you writing a 2nd book? If so, when do you think it’ll come out?


Kelly May 22, 2008 at 8:43 am

I hope you get better soon! I got a UTI last time I had sex too (ahem… 5 years ago). Yeck. I hadn’t known that kind of thing could happen.

By the way, I’m almost done reading your book. It’s great. Funny story – the first time my 12 year old daughter saw me reading it, she thought it was a self help book for singls moms looking for men (based on the title). She was like “MOM! Why are you reading that!” And then last night she read the back of it and told me it was “disturbing”, and then said “I know you’re past your 30s mom, but you’ve still got your 40s! Please don’t start dating men.” I said “I bet you’d be jealous if I had a boyfriend.” and she said “No. I’d just be embarrassed.” LOL


Ms. Single Mama May 22, 2008 at 7:55 am

UTI’s are THE WORST. When I had one I thought I was dying. And a kidney infection to boot. Yikes.

I’ll be sending you virtual hugs. Feel better soon – and of course, we’ll all be here when you get back!

Rest single mama – rest!


Jennifer May 22, 2008 at 7:21 am

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are often uncomfortable and very painful, but please note that you are not alone – as many as 8.3 Americans visit their doctors annually for this condition! If you suspect a UTI and are looking for good information about the condition, or wish to post questions to physicians about general urinary health, visit this revamped and resourceful Web site – http://www.cystex.com.


littlemansmom May 22, 2008 at 5:16 am

Oh NO! I’m so sorry that you’ve been under the weather! Take good care of you! Hugz….


Amy Nathan May 22, 2008 at 4:04 am

I’ve had a kidney infection and UTI’s — definite difference! Feel better and stay better.

And never forget to pee.


GLSD May 22, 2008 at 12:31 am

Feel better soon Rachel. I just finished reading your book! I loved it! M sounds like an amazing girl! Keep doing what you’re doing! take care of yourself and M! xoxo


judy May 21, 2008 at 9:16 pm



Crazy Computer Dad May 21, 2008 at 6:19 pm

I hope you get well soon…


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