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 624

When I went to the toilet on the plane, I stuck a mini torch to the seat with surgical tape to point the light up towards the area where I inserted the catheter, otherwise I could not see at all, and I didn’t want to contaminate the cath. 

Aeroplane toilets are small, filled with many germs, bad lighting, and impatient people outside waiting so it is a real challenge to be careful and not too slow, but I kept reminding myself that my health came first and they could wait.