I had an obstruction. While that condition can be trying for anyone, imagine what it does to a Neurotic Man. After all, I spend half my time worrying about things better reserved for la la land, and the other half worrying about things that don’t concern me, so you can imagine the angst when I actually have something to worry about.
It began with the toilet. No, not a toilet joke. I don’t know how it happened but suddenly I couldn’t pee. Since I drink lots of water this was especially concerning. The first thing that happened was I started questioning my own reality – did I really drink all that water? So then I tried to confirm that I did, first by using the thinkology method and second, by talking to everyone who had seen me that day, but I still wasn’t sure. And then it happened. It being the empty water bottle that was on my kitchen counter. I knew it was possible that the water bottle was empty from the day before or that I poured the water down the sink but I took it at face value that the water entered me and now refused to leave.
I tried to go to sleep but that didn’t work – my stomach and mid-back regions were very sore and actually hurt. I thought if I could just go to sleep…I could dream my problems away. As it turned out, fortunately for me, I couldn’t sleep. Instead I did what any Neurotic Man would do in the middle of the night when in pain – I turned on my computer.
So I looked up obstruction:
“Digested food particles must travel through 25 feet of intestines or more before new wastes enter your body. These wastes are constantly in motion. However intestinal obstruction can put a stop to this. An intestinal obstruction occurs when your small or large intestine is blocked. The blockage, partial or total, prevents the passage of fluid or digested food.”
“If intestinal obstruction happens, food, fluids, gastric acids, and gas build up behind the site of the blockage. If enough pressure builds up, the intestine can rupture. This causes a leak of harmful stomach contents into your abdominal cavity.”
“There are many potential causes of intestinal obstruction. In many cases, this condition can’t be prevented. Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial. An untreated intestinal obstruction can be fatal.”
“When left untreated, intestinal obstruction can cause the tissue in the affected part of your intestine to die. This can lead to a hole, or perforation, in the wall of the intestine, severe infection, and shock.”
“Overall, the outlook of your condition depends on its cause. While most cases of intestinal obstruction are treatable, other causes, such as cancer, require long-term treatment and monitoring.” http://www.healthline.com/health/intestinal-obstruction#Overview1
Now I was really worried but the article didn’t mention peeing? Had I discovered a new condition? Probably not, so I looked online some more.
Common causes of bladder outlet obstruction (BOO) include:
- Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or enlarged prostate
- Bladder stones
- Bladder tumors (cancer)
- Pelvic tumors (cervix, prostate, uterus, rectum)
- Urethral stricture (scar tissue)
Less common causes include:
- Cystocele (when the bladder falls into the vagina)
- Foreign objects
- Posterior urethral valves (birth defect in males)
- Urethral spasms
- Urethral diverticula”
“This condition is most common in aging men. It is often caused by BPH. Bladder stones and bladder cancer are also more commonly seen in men than women. As a man ages, his chance of developing these diseases increases greatly.”
The symptoms of bladder outlet obstruction may vary, but can include:
- Abdominal pain
- Continuous feeling of a full bladder
- Frequent urination
- Inability to urinate (acute urinary retention)
- Pain during urination (dysuria)
- Problems starting urination (urinary hesitancy)
- Slow urine flow
- Urinary tract infection
- Urine stream that starts and stops (urinary intermittency)
- Waking up at night to urinate (nocturia)
- Nausea, fatigue, and fluid retention if kidney failure occurs” https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002238.htm
I was getting sick reading about getting sick so I went to the Emergency Room of my hospital and that was a whole new adventure.