Re: Need Help regarding UTI's
Yes, they are called Hats by medical professionals because if you turn them upside down they look like a hat. They fit under the toilet seat to catch the urine. You will need to get a sample container from the doctor or drug store as well. Most doctors will test the urine for you if you take it in and tell them you suspect a UTI. If it shows up positive they will give you an antibiotic.
The best predictor of a UTI is bizzare behavior that comes on suddenly. My Dad usually sits in his chair and nodds most of the day. By the time he gets up and gets dressed, he is exhausted. The walk to meals wears him out. When he is up wondering the halls, trying to leave the building for imaginary meetings, and talking incesenty about crazy stuff.... he has a UTI. Mom's are a little more difficult to figure out because she has melt downs with or without UTI's. It is the intensity and duration we have to watch. The other clue is when she complains about being constipated. Evidently the sensations are similar and she related anything in her lower abdoman to constipation.
I have never heard of a UTI test strip. I am not sure what the benefit would be since yo uneed the doctor to prescribe the antibiotiics and he will insist on doing the Urinalysis anyway.
Question.... Could your Mom's bathroom issues be similar to the eating issues with Sis forcing her way on Mom?
With the hat, you can get a urine sample if she pees in the toilet at all....