Belinda's story

My name is Belinda. I would describe myself as a personal assistant, singer and a caring, sensitive, friendly and happy person. Unfortunately, since I was young, bladder infections have also been a big part of my life.

I’ve been back and forward to doctors and hospitals, took tablets, had injections, was x-rayed and participating in various tests and surgeries. Eventually I was diagnosed with urinary retention (the cause is unknown). My bladder hasn’t been emptying properly for years, which was leading to the infections. I was shown a technique of pressing on my body to help more urine come out from my bladder.

The objective of cathing for me is to try and reduce my bladder infections, because emptying my bladder fully and regularly will stop urine stagnating and allowing bacteria to grow. I have also been told it might retrain my bladder muscle to work by itself again, but no guarantees.

I don’t like the idea of cathing much, but at the same time I feel optimistic about this simple opportunity to improve my situation and get rid of these endless infections!

Click, hold and drag along the timeline below to scroll through Belinda’s story (day 1 to day 1028)

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Day 1028

Flew to Dubai today. As I was flying on my own I had notified the airline in advance of my condition so that the air cabin crew on board knew about it. This was because I didn’t want the crew to open the door if I take longer than other passengers. If I’d had someone with me I may have still informed the airline, but also I would have had my partner waiting outside the toilet to make me feel better so that I didn’t panic.

The outbound journey was good with no problems other than the toilet was small and the water from the tap stopped flowing properly. So a little tricky cleaning my hands, but I also had wipes as a back up to remove germs from my hands.

All went well and am now in Dubai and ready to begin my holiday!