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 took a car trip with some company colleagues today, travelling to a training event a few hours away.
I didn’t know them very well so I was anxious about the whole toilet situation. When we stopped I felt so self-conscious about taking longer in the toilet but I couldn’t let this dictate my life or trip, so I just got on with it. I’m pretty sure nobody gave it a second thought anyway.
Although I don’t like having to explain myself all of the time, on the way home I ended up telling one of them that I had a medical condition and she was so nice about it. All in all a successful day.