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Post by Psalmbook on Wed Jul 07, 2010 1:46 pm

OK, I never want to feel this bad again & I was good to myself(or so I thought) when I did my 12 hour job last Saturday. I have a wickedly painful UTI w/ a fever. I hydrated like crazy & ate regularly(all healthy stuff, no soda). I've gotten offers from several other festivals & I want to do them, but not if it makes me feel like this Sad

I'm on antibiotics, yogurt & cranberry juice right now...

Has anyone else dealt w/ this from long events?
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Post by shandi on Wed Jul 07, 2010 2:07 pm

i did a 10 hr gig in high 90's and high hunidity and got a kidney infection, dispite drinking water I didn't urinate for over 12 hrs! didn't have to, should have been a clue Sad
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Post by Lyndell44 on Wed Jul 07, 2010 2:13 pm

I'm so sorry you feel bad! The last festival I did was supposed to go from 9am to 5pm (in June in South Alabama - 95degrees!) but by 4pm it was threatening to rain, so everyone packed up a little early. I didn't get sick, but I didn't go to the bathroom from 7:30am until I got home that evening, even though I was drinking a lot of water. I can see where that might lead to a UTI! Also, I really should have been alternating with one of the sports drinks to keep my electrolytes balanced. Live and learn, huh? I don't know if I will do that one next year!
Hope you get well soon.

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Re: 12 Hour festival Job Made Me sick:-(

Post by Tash on Wed Jul 07, 2010 10:41 pm

Oh Linda, I feel your pain. It's too easy to just get into the 'zone' and not realize how much time is passing. Usualy my body doesn't complain untill I'm in the car on the way home, then it complains about everything all at once. I think it's adrenalin from everyone giving you their good energy, with compliments etc.
Can I suggest if you are antibiotics for a UTI you should be taking pro-biotics as well. It puts the healthy bacteria back in that the antibiotics kill off. I get it from a natrapath but they have them in Health stores and they have to be kept in the fridge.
Drink heaps of water and get heaps of rest.
In your furture events take a sign that says you will close down for an hour lunch break from this time to this time, and stick to it. You are to important to too many people to not look after yourself.
Hope you feel better soon babe.
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Post by Psalmbook on Thu Jul 08, 2010 1:20 pm

I was misdiagnosed & it's muscle spasms Crying or Very sad

My Dr was closed so I went to a Salantic(never again) & they instantly said UTI & gave me strong antibiotics. I'm feeling a lot better now that I'm off those meds & on muscle relaxers.
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Post by Mandi from Tazzie on Thu Jul 08, 2010 7:08 pm

Glad to hear your feeling better I love you
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Post by Psalmbook on Thu Jul 08, 2010 7:10 pm

Yeah, Cipro was kicking my butt.
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Post by contrachapado on Tue Jul 20, 2010 11:27 am

Glad it's not a UTI. I had that once and thought I was dying. How does a teenager know?!
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Post by Jody Rife on Fri Mar 18, 2011 10:21 am

Again, I see that this thread is pretty old but I was amazed when I read it. In July last year I was on the couch for almost 2 weeks with horrible muscle spasms! I went to the Dr. numerous times, x-rays, many tests , not pleasant, and was thought to have kidney stones the pain was so bad. I even had to cancel my local fair which would have been a killer busy day. Looking back, I had just done the 4th of July Fest. I never connected the 2 but am sure now that me not tending to myself at that fest caused it. I will def. be fine tuning my breaks and lunchtime so this doesn't happen again. pale
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Post by Psalmbook on Fri Mar 18, 2011 12:15 pm

Good idea. Festival season is coming up & I'm planning out the proper way to take care of MEEEE while a paint all the little lovelies Very Happy
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Post by Tilly - Formerly Punky on Fri Mar 18, 2011 2:03 pm

Wow, how did I miss this thread back then? I feel (felt? would have felt? idk... lol) for you Linda, and I know what you mean. every year at the County fair my mom and I paint roughly 12 hour days 8 days straight. The building we're next to (well, IN last year due to the heat and umididy thank goodness, 98F with 80% humidity = not fun painting outdoors...) just had a bathroom the lsat 2 years but it backed up all the time and smelled HORRIBLE. So we each got maybe got one restroom break per day, and we had to have friends go and buy us food and bring it too us so we could sneak a bite or drink in between faces.

This sounds terrible, but I wear an extra absorbent pad during those days just in case I can't make it to the restroom in time, and yeah, I HAVE come down with multiple UTI's over the years because of long days like that (but then, I don't think the nasty porta-johns helped in the least at some of the festivals).

I get into the practice of taking a restroom and food run pretty much whenever I get even the slightest lull in business at festvals. If I'm by myself, I ask the vendor next to me if they could please watch my stuff and make sure no one messes with it. I also have a sign that I put in the front of my booth and a small one to put on my chair that says "FACEPAINTERS NEED TO EAT AND USE THE RESTROOM TOO! BE BACK ASAP!" Because, really, we are human beings too, and sometimes, people just don't understand that.
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Post by freedspirit on Sat Mar 19, 2011 2:16 am

I had this same problem,, Not good at all!! I Am going to use a sign like that too Punky.. I am really tired of no toilet break. i certainly dont want UTI..
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Re: 12 Hour festival Job Made Me sick:-(

Post by anramire2 on Sat Mar 19, 2011 9:44 am

Psalmbook wrote:Good idea. Festival season is coming up & I'm planning out the proper way to take care of MEEEE while a paint all the little lovelies Very Happy
wishes we had a like button cause I "like" this idea!
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Post by barefootbutterfly on Sat Mar 19, 2011 7:12 pm

Yes.. Im gonna make me a sign like that too! Your right, people just don't understand that we have to pottie to! As far as they are concerned, it should be after we are done them ,lol.. I had been at a corporate gig & was packing up...i was already half an hour past the time I had quoted for. so I'm just finished packing up & had my water all emptied & everything in my kit 'almost' put away & a mother walks up & says, "Oh wow! You're leaving?? can't you just squeeze in my 3 kids?" & I'm like, "I'm really sorry but I am all packed up with no water at this point "
so she starts mumbling to her friend that it's not a big deal to fit in 3 more kids & maybe they should hire someone next time who can fit everyone in!! WTH!! I say as calmly as i can, "excuse me but I have been standing painting faces for 6 hours without a bathroom break or lunch break." She backed down quite quickly at that point but yeah, people don't get it. Never complain about someone unless you have walked in their shoes! Or stood & facepainted for 6 hours in them,lol
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