For the second time in two weeks I will likely be diagnosed with a urinary tract infection (UTI) later this morning at my primary care physician’s office.
I am prone to them.
I take cranberry pills every day (because I don’t care for cranberry juice), try to avoid the things that tend to cause them (including changing clothes/showering soon after exercising) and do the things that help me not get them as often (including drink lots of water).
However, in spite of that, I still get UTIs fairly often. Sometimes I will go months without a UTI and then at times I will get more than one in a month or two, like now. Maybe the antibiotic I took last week didn’t totally knock that one out or I am just unlucky/happened to get another one so soon after my last one.
I have friends who have never had at UTI and claim they don’t do half the things I do to try to avoid them. My doctor says that some women are just more prone to getting them.
So that got me thinking this morning about why some people are more prone to certain things than others.
In addition to being prone to getting recurrent UTIs, over the years I clearly have been prone to miscarriages/early pregnancy loss. I don’t think there is a connection, but I know plenty of people who have been able to have many children without ever experiencing a miscarriage or another type of early pregnancy loss.
Emotionally I feel that I am also more prone to some things that other people I know. I am prone to being overly sensitive at times. I have the tendency to take comments that people make/things people say to me very personally, even when they have the best of intentions and do not intend to hurt my feelings with their words.
I have come to a place in my life that I am able, for the most part, to accept that I am prone to certain things both physically and emotionally and do my best to deal with them.
As far as UTIs, I do what I can to prevent them and when I feel one coming on, I call for an appointment at my doctor’s office or go to a Minute Clinic at a pharmacy near us and hope to diagnosed and treated ASAP. I try not to dwell or get hung up on the fact that I am prone to them and just deal with them quickly when they happen.
Likewise, I have grown somewhat of a stronger backbone and thicker skin over the years, so other people’s words don’t hurt me nearly as much as they used to, but I also realize that my sensitivity goes both ways. I may take personally things people say and find that difficult at times, but I also feel that my level of sensitivity helps me to be there to support and care for others who are going through difficult, uncertain and/or painful times in their lives. I try to use what I have learned from my experience with secondary infertility and loss to be there for others who are struggling.
I know what has helped me during some of the hardest parts of our journey trying to build and expand our family. Though I get that what works for me, may not work for everyone else, I have found there seems to be some universal things that those going through challenging times in their lives appreciate hearing and receiving from loved ones. Appreciating and understanding that, I do my best to reach out to those who are hurting and give them support and words of comfort.
What are you prone to? How do you deal with the things in your life that plague you at times, but you do not have control over/the ability to change?