Catheter tips

If like me you have a catheter and it can get on your nerves, I thought I’d share some of the pearls of wisdom I’ve picked up over the last three years that might help:

  1. Don’t rely on the bag, if you can use the flip flow instead otherwise you’ll lose strength in your bladder muscle resulting in bypassing. Trust me, I’ve learnt this the hard way.
  2. Avoid fizzy drinks or herbal tea, this can irritate your bladder and result in larger crystals which can restrict your catheter flow.
  3. Learn to love elasticated waistbands. Skinny jeans and catheters don’t mix!!
  4. Try and avoid trapped wind. It can result in pressure on your bladder and make you bypass! So lay off the sprouts this Christmas.
  5. If you’re at college or at work be sure to carry a spare leg bag in case of blockages.
  6. On long journeys keep a flask to hand in case you need to empty and there’s no toilets around.
  7. Change your bag once a week.
  8. If like me and you have a have a super pubic catheter avoid using scented soap – just a gentle wipe every so often with an alcohol wipe is best.
  9. Bladder spasm tablets are your friends
  10. Lastly, be prepared for some blood in your urine and for your site to be extra tender during your menstrual cycle.

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