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!

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Yesterday when I got home I tried cathing again on my own, setting myself up in a similar way as I had with the nurse.

I sat on the floor on a blanket and leant against the sofa with a lamp and a mirror right in front of me, along with a plastic kidney dish very close by. I felt a bit of a ‘pinch’ and a twinge during the procedure and it was a little bit painful. The kidney dish nearly overflowed with urine too (yikes!). However, I am already feeling just a little more confident.

I know the way I’ve set myself up wouldn’t be practical anywhere else, but I’ve decided to take this one step at a time. At this early stage I don’t think it matters. I practiced this morning and evening too. It feels so intense, I’m glad I have the privacy of my house to help me concentrate. Practice and building confidence is my only focus for now.

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