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 750

Just writing to have a mini moan.

Today I got up to walk to the toilet and a work colleague from my team decided to do the same thing at the same time. She was walking behind me also on the way to the same toilet when she said to me “hurry up, I’m bursting”. I didn’t say anything but realised that it was not going to be possible … I took the time that I needed but was fully aware she was waiting outside for me to come out.

This was really awkward, but at the same time there were other toilets that she could use that were a short walk away! So I didn’t feel too bad (although maybe she should…)