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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Last winter I had a new door installed at home. When I came home today, to my horror, my front door would not unlock. Turns out it’s because of the heat of the summer.
I panicked so much because all of my catheters and kit were inside and I had no other equipment anywhere else other than at work miles away!!!
Eventually the lock people came and changed the height positioning on the hinges on my front door so it all got sorted out in the end.
But being locked out of home – with no access to supplies – made me realize how important it is to have back-up supplies somewhere. I have already created an emergency kit and stashed it at my mom’s.