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Either way, it's still extremely awkward having to do that. But hey, whatever helps someone to get better. I'm sure nurses an ER doctors go through much worse.

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I had to give my grandmother an enema years ago I was horrified at the time and almost couldn't do it thank god for latex gloves

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Misswildsides, those are medical professionals working with strangers. This is a child administering something they really shouldn't have to to their mother. Not the same thing at all.

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I totally agree with you! I had taken care if my mom for 13 years and would do anything she needed and honestly I had to do worse when I was 13...

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Why would you assume that, it says right there in the FML, she "couldn't bend down."

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I once had to give my grandmother an enema when I was about 16 years old I was the only one living with her at the time and it completely horrified me to do it but there was nobody else to do it and thankfully I was able to find elbow length gloves before hand

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Yes you are a great daughter/son! I don't know how many other people would do something like that for their mother. I'm sure your mother was extremely grateful and loves you very much! :)

Damn, is there not some form of oral medication she could have picked instead? Try to repress this memory OP, if you don't it could pop back into your head at very inconvenient moments.

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An evil, evil doctor who knew OP would be the one who had to apply it decided that vaginal drugs would be much more fun than pills. He's at home laughing just thinking about it now.

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There ARE pills but do not work nearly as quickly or as effectively as the topical medication, unfortunately, but pills would be nice in addition to this as a preventative measure. If she's going to be on antibiotics from surgery she'll keep getting yeast infections :-(

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Actually #67, the pill works faster and is more effective because only one pill is taken and it works between 2-3 days, whereas most topicals are seven days. And even with the 3 day topicals, the medicine still has to be inserted daily.

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there are pills, but sometimes if you're already taking medications for other things you can't take the pill. it can do damage to your body. which might be the reason why she had the applicator.

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Somehow fried sausages and eggs didn't seem so appealing after reading this. Are the flowers edible? I'm super hungry.

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I "feel" for you, OP. Sorry, about the pun. I had to... In all seriousness, you helped to alleviate one of her two problems. Kudos for you!

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39 - Yeah, I'm trying this new thing where I don't make people feel stupid, even if they do or say something stupid. It's pretty hard for me, though.

I'm sure OP wasn't the one who asked for that. Coming out of surgery, it sounds like it was something that was prescribed for the yeast infection after it was discovered. If that's the case, YDI is a little extreme. I can't go tell my mom to take something if the doctor prescribed her something else for the same reason. (Another example would be my grandma. She can't swallow a lot of pills unless they're really small. Luckily we never went through anything like this, but pills aren't an option

Oh dear god OP, I feel for you. But other commenters are right, you don't have to use a pessary, there are pills available! ... Lets just hope you aren't expected to put cream on as well! In all seriousness, that must have been traumatic for her as well; she has to still be able to look you in the eye now too. Must have been majorly awkward for you both. You're good to be there for her - there are times in life when shit must be done. Just think of how many times she wiped your bottom as a bab

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Think about it, she's probably on a bunch of medications already. Maybe they didn't want her to take any more pills for side affect reasons.

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Indeed, and the oral ones only have to be taken once every 2 weeks. The creams have to be applied daily (or even more). Yuk.

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maybe the pills affect the other meds she has to take. after surgey you are usually given antibiotics as a precaution and this can cause thrush but usually in your mouth. despite the uncomfortableness for both parties in this fml the pessary is usually the most effective option.

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@15: yes, they make oral meds for yeast infections, but the cream was what the physician prescribed. Doctors and nurses just love civilians who think they know more than the people who actually work in the medical field; you make our jobs so much more complicated.

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#33, thrush is just an oral yeast infection and can be cured through the oral medication as well. But yeah it is true that it may not have been prescribed due to possible interference with the antibiotics.

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