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Bye-bye catheter! Bye-bye catheter!

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Unread 02-24-2008, 06:11 PM
Bye-bye catheter!

After 3-plus weeks with a foley catheter, I passed my "voiding test"! Well, I got about a "C," I think, as I could only pee 150 ccs of the 250 they put in my bladder, but the surgeon had pity on me, I think, and let me go home without it. Since then, I've had an awful UTI, bladder spasms and difficulty getting things to actually come down. But that's all right...now I finally feel that I'm "post-op"!

Back to my bottle of really disgusting organic cranberry juice to wash down the antibiotic pill...

Thanks for everyone's support!

Katherine
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Unread 02-24-2008, 06:24 PM
Bye-bye catheter!

Katherine -

Yea for you!! I had the cath at home also so I know what a milestone that is. In any case one thing that helped me when I got mine out was to keep up on the Ibuprofen. It helped keep the swelling down so I could go. One time I couldn't go and I was so sad thinking I would be getting it back. So I took 800mg of Ibuprofen and lo and behold an hour or so later I went!

800mgs is a prescription strength though so you should check with your Dr if your allowed to take that much.

Good luck,

Starbgirl
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Unread 02-24-2008, 06:42 PM
Bye-bye catheter!

starbgirl,

Thanks for that great advice -- I have 600 mg ibuprofen tabs and I will try that, since I'm now almost totally off the narcotics but am still needing something for the general pain.

How long did it take you before you no longer felt "full"?

The night after they took out the catheter was the worst I've had post-op. I was up until 4 am with awful pain and pressure, peeing little bits every 10 mins. I actually sat there until the middle of the night with the number of the on-call gyn in my hand, thinking I should really call, but I was so worried I would be told to go to the ER to have the cath reinserted -- and this was also in the middle of a snowstorm -- that I stuck it out until the next morning, and asked them to call me in the antibiotics and pyridium, which worked like a dream.

Katherine
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Unread 02-24-2008, 07:03 PM
Bye-bye catheter!

It took a while before my bladder felt normal again. For a long time I felt full and that pressure like something was pressing on it. I just had surgery again on Feb 8th. I failed the cath again this time but because I was in the hospital for 8 days by the time I left I could pee. I am 2 weeks and 2 days past that surgery and my bladder still feels funny. I think all the swelling that goes on down there just presses on it. Plus it's mad from being messed with. This time though, since I know what to expect it doesn't freak me out.

With me the first time I felt awful when I was done peeing and each time I pee'd it was less and less that came out. Then I went to the ER and I was witholding 1200 cc's!! Yikes - Ouch!! That's when I got it back. This time it feels yucky but I take my time and I think it is all coming out.

Good Luck!!

Starbgirl
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Unread 02-25-2008, 12:39 AM
Bye-bye catheter!

(((Katherine))) congratulations!

Did your DR talk with you about keeping a log of how often you urinate, as a tool to help you train your bladder to go longer between emptying? I had to carry a little pen and pad with me everywhere for a couple of weeks after getting my catheter out. I had to go about every 20-30 minutes the first day, and after two weeks I was out to about every 3-4 hours, at which point my DR told me I was in the home stretch relative to my bladder. It was about that time when the spasms started fading away, too. Just an idea - in case it might help you.

I'm raising a glass of cranberry juice in your honor tonight.

s,
-Linda
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Unread 02-25-2008, 01:33 AM
Bye-bye catheter!

Good for you!! Who knew peeing could make anyone sooo Happy. I was thrilled today when I finally pooped at the end of the Oscars. I missed Best Picture, but I was so proud of myself I could have made a movie The Poop Heard Round the World!!! Just think "baby steps" Good Luck!
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Unread 02-25-2008, 05:36 AM
Bye-bye catheter!

womanofpeace

Congrats on getting the catheter out. My experience was 18 days long. I remember your previous posts about thinking that you would get it out only to have to have it reinserted. I'm glad that part of your journey is over.

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Originally Posted by surferbabe
Did your DR talk with you about keeping a log of how often you urinate, as a tool to help you train your bladder to go longer between emptying? I had to carry a little pen and pad with me everywhere for a couple of weeks after getting my catheter out. I had to go about every 20-30 minutes the first day, and after two weeks I was out to about every 3-4 hours, at which point my DR told me I was in the home stretch relative to my bladder.
This is a GREATsuggestion. My urologist didn't tell me to keep one but I remember thinking that first day that I was in the bathroom every hour. At least with a log, you know for sure what is happening.
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