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 580

Big day today (drumroll please). This was the first day I used a public toilet that wasn’t a disabled toilet!

 

I did not plan to. I was on a packed training course at a large restaurant style venue that had only one disabled/baby change toilet. The way they had fitted it left a visible gap but I just got on with it and used it a few times, I mean if someone wants to peep then they can.

But then…

At the end of the session I went back to the disabled toilet and noticed that the door lock was broken…so I used the normal toilet. Things can change just like that!

I felt proud of being flexible enough to adapt to changing circumstances without worrying, and have resolved to try and keep this attitude up.