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 58

Had a panic attack at work today.

I was asked to do a really, really big photocopying job right at the same time that I planned to go off and self-catheterize. The print job needed to be done immediately and as fast as possible. I had to ask a work colleague to do the job for me and they were not pleased. I did not put off going to the toilet to protect my health, it had been hours since I had gone.

But it made me very upset in the toilet and I was shaking and crying. The pressure from all angles really got to me. Oh well, tomorrow is a fresh start.