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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I’m flying to Sydney, Australia tomorrow! A bit nervous but I have prepared well.
I have emailed the flight’s Special Assistance team advising of my condition and that I may take longer in the toilet cubicle than others in advance of flight so the airline crew are aware. Luckily for me I am flying business class so it will be a less busy part of the aeroplane.
I researched as to whether the catheters were going to be safe and usable in very hot countries. I have been told that in very extreme heat the coating could melt, but they are mostly fine in hot and cold temperatures, and should be no problem for the weather in Sydney.