Last Thursday I was fortunate enough to get a urinary tract infection. Merry F*cking Xmas to me!! Since I seem to get super advanced strains that seem to advance to a kidney infection within hours, I get super advanced antibiotics as well. On this particular occurrence I was prescribed Ciprofloxacin, six pills over three days.
I conveniently placed my bottle of pills on the nightstand so I wouldn’t forget to take one in the morning when I woke up. I got up the next morning and grabbed my bottle. Nick rolled over in bed and with a horrified look on his face angrily said “What are you doing?” So I angrily retorted back that I was “taking my pill.” The look on his face turned to confusion, then back to horror. He told me he took one because he thought it was his malaria medication. He must have thought it magically appeared on the nightstand so he didn’t bother looking at the label…
Since I only had six pills I felt it was vital to get a replacement. I called the pharmacy and was on hold for what felt like forever. The pharmacist recommended that I get another pill and said she would have it for me later in the day.
Nick didn’t know where his malaria pills were so I assumed I had them from the Belize trip. I dug out his prescription bottle from the pile that was still sitting in my suitcase. I glanced down at the label and read “take as needed for traveler’s diarrhea” before remembering that he didn’t take the malaria medication on the trip only the traveler’s diarrhea pills, the… Ciprofloxacin. I immediately did a double take. Yep, it said Ciprofloxacin all right. The same thing I was taking for my UTI was the same thing prescribed for traveler’s diarrhea.
So it appears I didn’t need to spend the time on the phone and going to the pharmacy to pick up one little pill after all. I had 10 replacement pills under my nose the entire time. And all I’m going to say is I bet they would work real well on traveler’s diarrhea.
And Nick’s malaria medication was in the bathroom, where it probably was located since before leaving for Belize.