Urinary Tract Infection - Ursula's Story
Ursula-a flight attendant shares her experience with urinary tract infections and how they complicated her life on and off the ground. Listen to her story as she gives insight to what finally helped resolve her bothersome condition.
I had heard a comment once when I did leave the lavatory, and someone said, I can't believe you've been in there so long, and I think it had some kind of underlying affect where if I did suffer from urinary tract infection I felt like somebody was going to make a nasty comment to me.
My name is Ursula. I'm visiting my sister from Phoenix. A couple years ago I simply kept on having horrible symptoms such as pain, burning, and even occasional blood in my urine. I'm a flight attendant, and so I don't often have access to the bathrooms, and when you have that awful burning and sensation, I mean, you just have to immediately seek out a bathroom.
For a while there I thought if I get things over the counter that it's just going to help, and it did. But because antibiotics have such a side effect, especially in women, they do provoke other female infections; I knew treating with antibiotics was even worse.
I found information about unfiltered cranberry juice and the next time the infection started, I just drank diluted, unfiltered cranberry juice and it seemed to be like the best thing for my infection.
It's been probably three years now. I haven't had a single recurrence. I don't have to worry when I'm up in the air about having an infection. I don't know, I'm a happy flight attendant, what can I say.