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’m being extremely careful not to get a bladder infection from the catheter.
My main focus is to be very clean and wash my hands with antibacterial handwash as the very last thing that I do before inserting the catheter into my body. I know my body is vulnerable and the catheter is a ‘foreign object’, so it’s worth the precautions and excessive hand washing – even though I feel like a surgeon scrubbing up before surgery!
I am still being very, very careful and gentle. I noticed a sudden stop in the flow of urine during the draining of my bladder today, and when I was pulling out the catheter it hurt a little. I guess that my urethra had not yet adjusted to this new visitor.