How do I deal with a bladder problem?
The first step is to not see your bladder problem as a taboo. Embarrassment and anxiety can lead to unnecessary social isolation. This means that you are less likely to go out if you aren’t sure where the nearest toilets will be. Whenever you go outside, you end up feeling like you’re living from ‘toilet to toilet’. In addition, your bladder problem can make it more difficult to attend meetings and parties for fear of an ‘accident’ that’s difficult to hide. Thanks to self-catheterisation, these inconveniences quickly and relatively easily become a thing of the past.
Self-catheterisation as a solution
If your doctor advises that self-catheterisation might be suitable for you, it can take a while to get used to the idea. The thought of ‘putting something in your body’ is often discouraging. Then there is also the fear of pain (which is unnecessary, by the way) and potential dependence on a partner or carer; these also cause concern.
However, contrary to these easily understandable feelings, this is actually a solution to a problem that you may have been dealing with for a long time. As soon as you get used to the idea of self-catheterisation, you will see that it actually removes many existing inconveniences.
Self-catheterisation in your daily life
It goes without saying that you will need to learn how to self-catheterise, and how to schedule it into your daily life. To start off with it will take some time but after a while, you will find that in the end you don’t need much more time than a normal toilet visit. And sometimes even less! With the right instructions and guidance, self-catheterisation is easy to do for the long term. This is also true if you’re older of if you have a physical disability.
Let us tell you more of the advantages of intermittent catherisation.