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Unread 05-28-2006, 06:28 PM

hi ladies, HOW UNCOMFORTABLE is this ugly catheder???? unfortunatley, i had to come home with it and on tuesday there is a nurse coming to my house to take it out. i hate it. i had a bladder tuck on top of my partial so my doc did not think i'm ready to urinate on my own yet. but i tell you what this thing "HURTS" after a while.. bye going to lay down lv ya all. i'll check w/ya'll tomorrow.
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Unread 05-28-2006, 07:59 PM

yeah i had to come home with mine too and had it in for nine days. it was a pita and the slightest tug hurt like hell. i had bladder repair due to severe adhesions and when trying to remove them my bladder got punctured.
Unread 05-28-2006, 09:20 PM

Sorry you're so uncomfortable with the catheder.

I'm sending lots of and well wishes. Tuesday will be here soon!
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Unread 05-28-2006, 09:48 PM

I too was sent home with my cath (had it for 11 days). The day I came home they had attached that lovely *little* leg bag to me... and the stupid thing fell Needless to say, I headed straight to the bathroom and put the big 'ol bag back on! Much happier carrying that around than worrying about the other one pulling it out.

I didn't find it "painful" but definately uncomfy, couldn't wait to sit correctly without feeling that thing.
Unread 05-29-2006, 10:23 AM

I have to wear my catheter/leg bag for 2 more weeks, I've had it for 2 weeks already. I hate this thing. It's not painful, just uncomfy and at times it feels like it's being tugged on, so I have to "re-adjust" myself LOL. I'm just ready to get it out, but I have to exercise my patience.
Unread 05-29-2006, 10:38 AM

i had to come home with it too. funny they don't tell you about that possibility ahead of time so it was all a bit disconcerting when my bladder went on strike. while the leg bag was ok for outside adventures (coming home, walking a bit outside as it finally turned gorgeous!), i found i preferred the bigger bag. it tugged less and i had to empty it less often. plus i got pee like a boy. *grin*

oh and i got to play dr. quinn, medicine woman and remove it myself last tuesday. that was fine and actually rather easy. the big worry was that if my bladder still was in a snit, i'd have to make it to the emergency room and i'm on my own. lucky for me a friend was willing to be here for that adventure and since i peed in the big girl potty, we didn't have to hit the hospital.

it is annoying and uncomfortable (and yes, readjusting is a joy!) but boy, do you appreciate the ability to pee once it is removed!!! the amount of time it was in gave my bladder the chance to calm down and decide to work again. hooray. here's hoping it is doing the same for you.

*huge hugs for enduring it all* you are one day closer to it being gone!
Unread 05-29-2006, 08:27 PM

I had to have a my catheter reinserted 2 days after I was discharged. I had both the big bag and the leg bag. I can say that this was the most physically and emotionally challenging part of my recovery. I was so depressed and felt so horrible because of the catheter and the severe nausea I had that I cried everyday. Thank heavens I only had to have it in for 1 week. So I'm sending you a big and I'll keep my fingers crossed that all goes well with you on Tuesday and the catheter is removed for good.
Unread 05-29-2006, 09:08 PM

Oh, the beloved catheter! My catheter was in for 3 weeks because my bladder got nicked during surgery. I knew about the possibility of nicking but had no idea that it meant coming home with the catheter. I absolutely know how you're feeling. The catheter was the worst part of my recovery. It caused me to have some very weird spasms which threw me for a loop. Sitting on the durn thing the wrong way could cause spasms. The urologist prescribed Detrol LA which was helpful at times. It got to the point where I could tell a spasm was brewing so I would take 600 mg of Motrin so I wouldn't feel the spasm sensation as much. That durn catheter was truly a test of my limited patience. During my first week home, the leg bag slid down my leg and the tubing came out causing the bag's contents to spill in my bed. After that I had to hold the dangling tubing to make sure I did not sit or lay on it the wrong way. I used the small bag which meant emptying it every 2-3 hours along the clock. Thus, very little sleep. Having the durn catheter removed was such a wonderful experience. I will forever cherish and appreciate my bladder.

That durn thing is almost gone for you. 's
Unread 05-29-2006, 09:31 PM

I was catheterized for 2 days after I came was excruciatingly painful. My sister, who is a nurse, said that there are different sizes and maybe I had one too large for me--dunno, but it hurt me more than my abdominal incision did. I arrived at my doctors on Monday before they were even open and waited there until a nurse could take it out for me. Hang in there!
Unread 05-29-2006, 10:07 PM
6 days with catheter

I sympathize with you all! My TVH with rectocele repairs was 6 days ago. I did not expect to come home with cathater and bag either! My bladder had adhesions to uterus and was "roughed up" so Dr. sent me home with this as a precaution to be sure my bladder is healed. UGH, it feels awful but is not painful. The only good thing I can think of is that it has forced me to do NOTHING this week so maybe it is a blessing (not that I want to do much!). Tomorrow I go to Dr. for its removal- can't wait, I'm counting the minutes!!
How painful is that and does it hurt to urinate for a while?

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