Mar. 20, 2018

WHEN IN DOUBT, STAND UP.

Traditionally…for as long as I can remember…females sit and males stand up.  I’m talking about urinating or….as discreet and proper ladies always say: “When you need to pee pee.”

I like to share basic information when it’s proved valuable for me. Back in the sixties, after a series of painful bladder infections, tests showed I had a massive kidney stone in my right kidney. Surgery was imminent and there was a strong possibility I would lose my kidney.  Believing I needed a second opinion, I met with a leading Kidney Specialist in Houston, Texas.  He was a no-nonsense doctor who quickly told me that the best Kidney Doctor in the South was back in Little Rock, AR.

Before leaving Houston, the Kidney Doctor there shared some priceless advice.  He said he’d been studying the history of kidney stones and bladder infections among women of all ages.  He stated, emphatically, that women should NEVER sit to urinate. Sitting caused the bladder to fold, to never empty completely.  He strongly advised me to always stand and straddle the toilet. In other words: Women don’t sit down when you urinate. Stand up and empty your bladder to avoid potential stones and bladder infections. It’s also more sanitary to stand when using a public bathroom.

Yes, I trusted this well-known doctor and….from that day forward….I stood up to pee pee!

That was almost sixty years ago.  The Little Rock Doctor saved my kidney and I credit the Houston Doctor’s advice for keeping me free from stones and infections.

I can’t remember the name of the Houston Doctor but…I can never forget my wonderful Little Rock Kidney surgeon and specialist, Dr. Jimmy Headstream. 

I hear you laughing!  Yes, his name really was Dr. Headstream.