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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It was a hot day and I was on holiday on the coast with a very close and old friend. We sat outside at a nice restaurant having lunch with her father-in-law. I had a swim dress on and a sarong around my waist.
When I went to the toilet at the restaurant, to my horror the window was looking out onto a car park with no blind or curtains in the window! For my procedure, I had to take my swim dress off!! Luckily for me nobody was in that car park but it was a close call! I was stood in that toilet naked!