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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Day 35

Had a successful trip to the pharmacy today. I have been saving my un-perfumed soap bars when they got really small to put in my kit, but needed a container. Today I bought these small pill pots from the pharmacy. I dried out my soap ends and popped them in - they are a perfect fit.

I also bought a small plastic jar with a screw top lid to store aqueous cream. This is for washing down below if I need to whilst out and about. 

Feeling very pleased with my purchases this will definitely help make cathing easier when out and about.