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Due to bladder problems and being unable to urinate, I have been self-catheterizing for the past month or so. If anyone out there is engaged in the same process, could you give me information on how you deal with going away for the day and needing to catheterize? How do you carry the needed supplies including catheter(s)? Do you have difficulty catheterizing in public restrooms? And any other information that could be helpful to someone who feels trapped in his small town.
Thanx in advance for any info, inclluding any info on any online self-cath support groups if such a thing exists.
I've been self-cathing since January of 05, and I remember well trying to solve the issues that you raise. Today I carry my provisions in a small zip lock bag in my pants pocket, and things are going pretty well, actually. In my bag I carry a catheter and a small Purell bottle with KY in it. I carry an acutal bottle of Purell in a small bottle in my right pocket.
As for public restrooms, I always use the stall and close the door, and when I come out, it carry my catheter to the sink and wash up. Nobody has really said "hey, what's that you are doing?" Although it feels a bit awkward.
I use a separate catheter at home that I leave out on a towell on top of the cupboard above the toilet. I replace my catheters each week. Due to some infection issues, my doc has started me on a daily dose of Trimethoprim, which is a low dose of part of the Bactrim antibiotic.
Good luck with your issues. Not much fun, but hey, we still get to eat and drink and go out like normal people. I was inspired by a severe diabetic I know who has to do much more than I do to get by each day.
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