Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Sweet Merciful Relief
Anything retained that should be expelled is an awful feeling – this includes urinary retention. I always feel really bad for elderly people coming in with obvious pain because they haven’t been able to pee for a while. I had just such a gentleman assignment to me. He was 79, could barely speak a word of English and kept clutching his bladder and pointing to his crotch saying, “no pee pee last night”. Oh dear. I got a 16F in him so fast he didn’t realize his pants were off! He drained almost a liter of urine in less than 5 minutes. The relief was literally palpable. By the time the doc got to see him, there was nothing much to do except set up an appointment with a Turkish speaking urologist and write him a script for prophylactic antibiotics. That’s one of the things I love about working in the ER – discharging a happy customer in a (relatively) short amount of time. That and getting a catheter to drain urine without a fuss!