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 508

I’ve been working at a temporary job where the toilet lights are set to save energy by turning themselves off via a timer.

Today I had set everything up around me in the toilet cubicle and my hands were sterile, and I was just about ready to insert my catheter – all of the lights went off.

I was waving my hands around in the air in the darkness hoping my movement would set the lights off again. Unfortunately for me this did not work, so I had to wait until someone entered the room before the lights came back on again. Oh well, have to see the funny side!