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!
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The visit to my cousin went well, I had a great time. After a tiny bit of initial awkwardness, I felt fine talking to her about cathing – in fact ended up having quite a few laughs about it.
The journey itself was not too bad either. Using the toilet on the train was tricky, the train was traveling very fast, so the train rocked and swayed making it a precarious challenge to self catheterise! I was constantly worried the door would open on it’s own too. But it all went okay in the end.
When I was using the disabled toilet at the station, a member of staff from the train station was able to open the door from the outside whilst I was in the toilet! Thankfully I had finished and had to laugh. But will make sure I shout out loudly next time I hear anyone trying to get in.