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1st Feb 2017

Introducing Paul Young

1st Nov 2018

Children: Self self self

1st Oct 2018

Children: Born to Cath

1st Sep 2018

Stand-up and Be Counted: Taking the Pee

1st Aug 2018

Stand-up and Be Counted: Urology - No Joke

1st Jul 2018

Stand-up and Be Counted: Hear the one about the cathing comedian…?

1st Jun 2018

Stand-up and Be Counted: Sitting down, standing up

1st May 2018

A Wedding: Carriages at midnight

1st Apr 2018

A Wedding: Catching the bouquet... or cathing?

1st Mar 2018

A Wedding: Get me to the church on time!

30th Jan 2018

A Wedding: Catheters + Bachelor Party = ?

13th Dec 2017

Workplace: It’s a funny business…

15th Nov 2017

Workplace: The business trip

18th Oct 2017

Workplace: Office politics

20th Sep 2017

Travel: Bon Voyage

6th Sep 2017

Travel: The journey

23rd Aug 2017

Travel: Plan your vacation

9th Aug 2017

If dating goes well: No rush

26th Jul 2017

If dating goes well: Before the bedroom, the bathroom...

12th Jul 2017

If dating goes well: Choosing the headlines

28th Jun 2017

If dating goes well: Let's talk awkwardly about sex...

14th Jun 2017

Dating reservations

26th May 2017

Social life

5th May 2017

Cathing 101: Use and throw

28th Apr 2017

Cathing 101: The waiting game

21st Apr 2017

Cathing 101: Out and about

14th Apr 2017

Cathing 101: It takes all sorts

7th Apr 2017

Cathing 101: Now wash your hands

31st Mar 2017

Cathing 101: Relax

24th Mar 2017

Cathing 101: Catheter. That’s a strange word

6th Feb 2017

The Seven Ages of Cathing

Paul Young

1st Feb 2017

Introducing Paul Young

Catheters: the final frontier. No that’s not the working title of a Star Trek movie – it’s a suggestion that catheters might be the last taboo out there. People don’t talk about catheters – they’re icky, they’re urological, they’re below-the-belt...

Under his stage name of Paul Kerensa, Paul is an award-winning stand-up comedian and comedy writer, with credits including BBC1’s Miranda, Not Going Out and Top Gear, while performing at comedy clubs across the UK three nights a week.

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Paul Young

1st Nov 2018

Children: Self self self

I don’t know whether it was for a medical reason or just an age thing. But after eight years of just unplugging a permanent catheter (well, a succession of different ones thankfully – one for eight years would be ill-advised), it was time to gain my independence. I became a self-catheterizer.

It was an alarming change. Every time I needed...

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Paul Young

1st Oct 2018

Children: Born to Cath

My first post on this blog mangled a bit of Shakespeare. Let’s do that again with this misquote from Twelfth Night: “Some are born catheterizers, some achieve catheterizing, others have catheters thrust upon them.”
Alright, that sounds wrong. But the point I’m clumsily reaching for is that...

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Paul Young

1st Sep 2018

Stand-up and Be Counted: Taking the Pee

The tour of my ‘Navelless Gazing’ one-man comedy show may be over – in fact, it was only a dozen or so dates. But while I return to doing my more generic, jokey stand-up act, the urological comedy show is in the back pocket. Along with the catheter.

I might have a chance...

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1st Aug 2018

Stand-up and Be Counted: Urology - No Joke

One quirk of doing a stand-up show about my bladder condition is that friends might come to see it; folks I’d known for 30 years heard, for the first time, about my odd bathroom habits at one of my gigs. Via jokes, I’m happy to say, but still, it means I had to face them afterwards. They were...

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Paul Young

1st Jul 2018

Stand-up and Be Counted: Hear the one about the cathing comedian…?

The stand-up comedy show I’ve been touring this year was called ‘Navelless Gazing’. Finally, a chance to put catheters out there – whether audiences wanted them or not.

All right, I stopped short of...

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1st Jun 2018

Stand-up and Be Counted: Sitting down, standing up

Oh the irony. I’m a sit-down cather but a stand-up comic. When others sit or stand, I do the opposite, facing the other way, going against the flow. A bit like a catheter really. (Sorry, is that too far? Us comedians, we never can tell.)

Occasionally you want to...

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Paul Young

1st May 2018

A Wedding: Carriages at midnight

In this, our fourth and final glance at attending a wedding from a catheter user’s perspective, I should say: I do like weddings really. And I’m not a socially anxious person; I just like to plan. But you tell me about one wedding that didn’t drag on at least an hour too long, and I’ll show you a bunch of tired guests secretly wishing they’d not agreed to share a lift home at midnight.


Like drunk uncles attempting The Macarena on the dancefloor, timings have a tendency to slip. So at weddings...

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1st Apr 2018

A Wedding: Catching the bouquet... or cathing?

The last couple of blogs have seen us at a bachelor party, at a wedding ceremony... and now we’re at the reception. Which of course means an immediate glass of fizz.

I don’t want to sound like your mom, but don’t forget...

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Paul Young

1st Mar 2018

A Wedding: Get me to the church on time!

If you’re a catheterizer, you’re probably also a bit of a planner. So, if you’re crossing the country to get to a wedding, you leave early. Of course, everyone leaves early for a wedding, especially with weekend road works and a ceremonial deadline. But throw a wonky bladder into the mix, and you head off hours in advance, all the while updating Google Maps.

On this occasion...

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30th Jan 2018

A Wedding: Catheters + Bachelor Party = ?

Ah, weddings. I’m sure we all feel a mix of joy and dread as the invitation lands on the doormat. We’re happy for the happy couple, sure. So there’s joy, or perhaps expanded to it’s full word, j(eal)o(us)y. But planning for the specific day itself can lead to... 

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Paul Young

13th Dec 2017

Workplace: It’s a funny business…

Perhaps like me, you’re a lifelong urologee (my word invention). Or perhaps at some point life has thrown you into the world of urinary diversion and uppity bladders. Either way, it’s possible that your medical CV has steered your career path too. For my specific condition (the relatively rare bladder exstrophy), I heard of an occupational study pointing to a remarkably high proportion of us going into either...

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Paul Young

15th Nov 2017

Workplace: The business trip

I’ve blogged previously about the pitfalls of travel as a cath user – and most of those can be solved by planning ahead. Thankfully most work trips are planned within an inch of their lives. The few I’ve been on have come with...

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18th Oct 2017

Workplace: Office politics

Us cath users like routine. Most 9-to-5 jobs like routine too. So the two should mix really well, right?


Ugh – we know the truth. Two routines don’t make a right – in fact they can overlap, clash, and bump into each other like two figure skaters practising on the same rink. Some routines need a bit of extra care and timing if they’re going to work alongside each other.


Let’s say you’re starting a new office job...

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20th Sep 2017

Travel: Bon Voyage

As for the destination itself, thinking of these things in advance might mean less worry while ‘en vacance’. So watch out for...

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6th Sep 2017

Travel: The journey

“Step to one side please, sir...”

To the airport! These buildings take long enough to pass through, even when you haven’t got a heavily-laden bladder slowing you down (did you pack your bladder yourself, sir?). My three tips here are...

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Paul Young

23rd Aug 2017

Travel: Plan your vacation

It’s vacation season!

Well, it depends where you are in the world. And when you read this. And what the weather’s like. Alright, it’s vacation season in some places – and let’s not allow our health to stop us travelling if we want to.

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Paul Young

9th Aug 2017

If dating goes well: No rush

No rush

Let’s wrap things up on all this bedroom talk, and go back to non-awkward tales of going down the pub or leaving catheters on planes. If you’ve got any concerns, it’s worth a) speaking to a medical professional, but b) making sure it’s someone who you feel is understanding and helpful...

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26th Jul 2017

If dating goes well: Before the bedroom, the bathroom...

Before the bedroom, the bathroom…

It’s good to keep your partner loosely informed about your ‘medicalness’ in advance of any ‘bedroomness’. Then again, information and guesswork can cause uncertainty – so I’d be ready for a bit of handholding: being upfront, mature and reassuring. You don’t have a problem with it, so why should they? (Alright, maybe you do have a problem with it – but there’s a time and a place for problems.) Me? I make a joke of it. I’ve got the odd scar. Yeah, I took on both sharks at once, what of it? And I was in ‘Nam – did I mention that?

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12th Jul 2017

If dating goes well: Choosing the headlines

Okay, so you’ve made it to the bedroom. Hypothetically, I mean. It’s unlikely you’re reading this in some intimate moment right now. But let’s imagine you’ve got that far. What’s got you here? A degree of confidence, I imagine. Also perhaps time, patience and understanding have been part of the journey too – so cling to all of these.

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28th Jun 2017

If dating goes well: Let's talk awkwardly about sex...

Right. Steady yourself. Last time we looked at the social side of dating. What to talk about and when, with regards to our flexible friend Cath (-eter). This time, it’s not When Dating Goes Wrong. It’s almost worse: When Dating Goes Well. Gulp.

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14th Jun 2017

Dating reservations

To date or not to date? Many of us put hurdles in our way, and catheters are just one such barrier. If you’re imagining a giant barrier made of catheters, good – because we’re about to try and push through it. Turns out, they can be quite flexible really, so hopefully they won’t slow us down for long.

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26th May 2017

Social life

If you’re a cath user, that needn’t tie you to your home, unless you have literally tied the catheters in a giant chain that somehow shackles you to your radiator. In which case, that’s a bit strange. Hey, good news about those flexible plastic tubes: they are indeed flexible. You can take them anywhere. So let’s.

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5th May 2017

Cathing 101: Use and throw

Use and throw?
There are different opinions on using-and-throwing or re-using catheters. I think it depends on the country/healthcare plan/who’s paying for the catheters. I spent a decade or two re-using the same catheter for a whole week before replacing. Then was advised to use and throw instead. And what do you know? I had a lot less UTIs. So if you can afford to use and throw, I’d certainly recommend it.


I’ve heard rumours...

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28th Apr 2017

Cathing 101: The waiting game

The Waiting Game
Get used to making people wait. Not just strangers outside public bathrooms, but friends waiting in the pub or café or parking lot or Laser Quest or wherever. Those closest to you will know and get it and perhaps bring a book (smartphones make it easier nowadays on those left waiting…). Those who don’t know you as well might wonder, so I use tricks like

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21st Apr 2017

Cathing 101: Out and about

Out and about


I use one type of cath for the home (where I run tap water on the cath to coat it) and a different one out and about that’s got a squeezy liquid pack inside the packaging (because it’s a tricky dash from sink to stall).


Sometimes I use disabled toilets. Generally I don’t. Because when I have done, even though I’m within my urological rights to, I feel guilty

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14th Apr 2017

Cathing 101: It takes all sorts

Ready for part 4 of my ‘Self-Cath 101’ series? I thought so.


It takes all sorts
There are different sorts of cath. In-dwelling stays in; intermittent means you’re using it, well, intermittently. Some have liquid inside the plastic wrapping, ready to pop and coat the cath in all it needs for a smooth journey. With others you need to add separate lubricant. Some are long and unwieldy, some are compact and discrete.

 

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7th Apr 2017

Cathing 101: Now wash your hands

We’ll continue ‘Self-Cath 101’ with advice that you’ll have almost certainly heard before. But I’m going to say it again (and again)…

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31st Mar 2017

Cathing 101: Relax

Here’s the next installment in my ‘Self-Cath 101’ series. Today’s lesson can be summarised in one word…


Relax


If you’re feeling discomfort (due to self-catheterizing, I should say, not due to reading this), then maybe you’re not relaxed.

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24th Mar 2017

Cathing 101: Catheter. That’s a strange word

So for whatever reason, your bladder needs a bit of help taking its contents to broad daylight. The delivery system used by most people (ie. peeing) is experiencing ongoing engineering works – so you have to rely on the replacement bus service: the catheter.


In the ‘Self-Cath 101’ series of blogs, I’m building up a Beginner’s Guide. (I’m more interested in the social side than the toiletary side, but before we get to the pub, let’s go to the bathroom…).

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6th Feb 2017

The Seven Ages of Cathing

For my first blog, well, it’s Shakespeare’s four-hundredth birthday this year, so nodding to his Seven Ages of Man, here are Seven Ages of Cathing…

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