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 89

I went for a curry with my hairdresser as we live so close to each other and enjoy a meal out every now and then (with wine!)

Afterwards I walked her home and she asked if I wanted to come in for another glass of wine? I declined and advised her that I didn’t bring my medical kit with me so needed to get back home. She joked “I have some straws”. I absolutely loved her sense of humor and it made me laugh so much. It also put a lighter note on the situation and made me feel much better in general.