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 83

I had an appointment at a hospital in order to discuss questions with an Incontinence Nurse. I came home with some different samples of catheters to try to see if I preferred others to my regular ones.

I also researched the different types of catheters that were produced for people in different situations (e.g. catheters that have urine collection bags attached to them so one can catheterise in bed with the bag).

I feel like I’m getting more comfortable with the cathing ‘world’ and am now able to look at my options and try out different things without feeling flustered or uncomfortable.