Wednesday 13 March 2019

Wee'd out

Well, the wee test is finished with...thank goodness.  It's bad enough having to get up once in the night, I can just about manage to stumble half asleep to the loo in the dark.  But last night, just to annoy me even more, I had to get up 3 times to pee....and go through all the blimmin' palaver of collecting it and transferring it to the container...I'll spare you the yucky details.  I was awake half the night anyway, worrying about things and stuff churning around in my mind, so am knackered this morning.  

Out of curiosity, I googled to see how much urine it's normal for an adult to produce in a 24-hour period....between 800 and 2000 mls, apparently.  I did about 2200 mls (there were measurements on the side of the container) - what the significance, if any, of that is I have no idea.  I would say I drank around the same amount as always, and probably peed about the same number of times (other than 3 night time trips rather than the usual 1), so it could just be normal for me.

The container's been delivered back to the surgery, it'll take about a week for results.  

The test is to see if I have high cortisol levels, which is what the A&E doc strongly suspected.  It can be caused by a number of conditions, the most usual of which is either taking steroids for a long time (I don't, haven't ever as far as I know) or Cushing's disease, which is a tumour on the pituitary gland, usually benign.  It can also be caused by other things, to do with the adrenal glands, eg.  I'm not going to speculate on what it could be, will just wait for the results.  I hope it's negative, of course, but if it is positive, it would explain why I have certain problems and then treatment can be started.  If it is Cushing's, it's not life threatening but it is life changing.  Well, at least I'll know, one way or the other, in a week or so.

Very windy again today, although not much rain forecast - well, until tonight when there's another gale due.  More of the same tomorrow, then apparently the wind will start to die down.  About time, I should think we're all sick of it by now.  Yes, I know March folklore is for wind, but I think they must have got the memo twice, with the amount of wind we've had every day for what seems like forever.  As I type this I'm watching a crow in the sky, wings flapping like mad but not going anywhere, the wind is just making it hover in one place.  I put a load of bread crumbled into small bits out for the birds yesterday and the wind blew it all right off the bird table.

Roll on Spring!


  1. Poor you - you are having a hard time at the moment - I hope it is negative but sometimes a positive result can actually explain a lot of symptoms that have been evident for a long time but the GP has not spotted before.
    My colleague at work has this condition from being quite young - she seems to be able to function quite normally - only had a problem during pregnancy when she had to stop taking medication - but she went on to have 3 children. About once a year she will be off work with a tiredness like exhaustion but then she does go at life at full speed - is a full time mum and a Director of the company - so I am not surprised.
    Fingers crossed for you.
    Windy and wet here today - although the sun is trying hard to come out.

  2. Fingers crossed here for you!
    I've read that Cortisol is labelled "public enemy number 1" - it's closely linked with stress. Being diabetic (like yourself) - I try to keep my stress levels as low as I can but unfortunately I am a born worrier!

  3. Will it ever end? I have come to the conclusion that at our age, 73 and 79 it won't. I guess we will always have some niggle or other to contend with and if we don't get used to it then life is going to be miserable.
    I think of people with far worse complaints who are cheerful with their lot and try to be the same, but like yourselves its not always easy.
    Fingers crossed for you that it is something that can be put right without too much stress.

  4. My dad always says thngs just start wearing out after a while. Tactful, isn't he? But I guess he has a point.

  5. Sue Perkins has a tumour on her pituitary gland I believe. We had a similar wee collection thing when our son was small as they thought he had too higher a level of copper! He was fine. Fingers crossed.

  6. I sympathise with you and the collecting; when I was pregnant, I had to do it every day for the last five months of the pregnancy and it was such a relief to eventually pee into the lavatory bowl. My husband had to take it to the Clinic everyday...

    I am wishing for good news for you, when the results are through. xx

  7. I hope you get some answers soon Sue. xx

  8. Thank goodness the end of the collection is here. Hope you get the results soon. Whatever the results you and hubby will cope.

  9. That is the crow version of a treadmill. :)
    I am glad you enjoyed your pee collecting , sounds like a fun time was had by all. :)


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