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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Had my initial training today. I wanted to be brave but I was petrified, even though the nurse was very nice.
I sat on the bed, undressed, legs astride, with a lamp and a mirror placed directly in front of me so that I could see.
The nurse asked me to point out where urine exited my body. To be honest I’d never looked before. The small star-shaped hole above my vaginal opening was almost invisible, but I got the answer right. I had found the urethral opening!
After cleaning and sterilizing my hands and genital area, I inserted the catheter. When the urine flowed into the hospital plastic kidney dish placed nearby, I felt elated. Overall it was not as bad as I expected.