"I stayed home that Tuesday and stopped vomiting that night. I took Imodium and slept on the bathroom floor just in case. Thankfully, it worked, so on Wednesday, I forced myself to eat through nausea.
When I noticed the blood in the toilet, I wiped my front a few times to make sure the blood wasn't coming from there. I then explained the situation to my husband — he's the son of an RN. He told me to get in the car, and we went to the ER. I had looked online to see when rectal bleeding is something to worry about, and it said if it's heavy, continuous, or accompanied by pain, fever, or vomiting.
So when the doctor dismissed the blood as normal for women with PCOS, I explained it did not come from my vagina but my anus. He asked if I was sure. It pissed me off so badly that this doctor completely dismissed my concerns, and, if I hadn't pushed, I would never have gotten the referral I needed to get my body checked out. Just because the blood is coming from a woman's pelvic area does not automatically mean it's menstrual blood!
My test results were uploaded to the online chart. I didn’t understand a lot of the medical jargon, but the things I saw that stood out were: My fecal smear tested positive for blood; my urinalysis tested positive for blood and protein; some kind of bacteria was present in my urine; my white and red blood cell counts were both out of normal ranges, and flagged for further review. My CT scan detected fluid in my colon that could be blood. Oh, and I am definitely not pregnant." —u/anon2217