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12 years 6 months ago #9920 by Mike
Pat I get like a full tight feeling hard to explain but I'm learning more when I feel it is time to empty but still have to irrigate alot. And 4 months down the road my stoma still looks fairly new is this normal Pat. I go for my checkup on 12/4 so I guess I will find out more things then. I'm trying to do my best and even 4 months post op I know what I'm doing I think lol but I still think about my old bladder ??? Joe

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12 years 6 months ago #9892 by Stephany
What you need to do is develop a really strong swing, Melodie! I caught my husband emptying his catheter, after rinsing, thank goodness, this way. Grasp the catheter at one end, and whip that sucker around and around, hopefully NOT spraying the surrounding area. Maybe I could just convince him to do it in the shower?

Stephany in Iowa

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12 years 6 months ago #9887 by Melodie
I'm betting Joe is talking about the top of the toilet "tank". Like Joe, I use a container when I empty and then pour it off into the toilet as I don't like that splash back that happens at the public restrooms. During the day at home, I usualy leave the seat in an "up" position. Who would ever have thought I would have my spouse reminding me to put the seat down...just never know where life will lead you.

Yes, I'm sure all of us does it just a little diffrently, depending on comfort levels and logistics. My concern is usually about apperance & cleanliness.
Since we had just finished building our new home, and my spouse is a neat fanatic,
I knew my supplies would be a challenge. I found a way to at least store everything out of sight except for my wipes...I use those rather than a cotton swab for my stoma. I clean my catheter right away if time allows and then hang to dry. I was given somehow the idea that these needed to dry thoroughly which is why I hang them up yet it seems some, like Joe, just store them in a container. I was also told by a nurse that when children are educated to cath that they just rinse them out and use the same one through the entire day. I know when I used a clear catheter and set it out to dry, it was days before it appeared dry I suppose that even though mine appear dry they aren't always dry on the inside. I guess what doesn't kill us, makes us stronger. ;) Melodie

Melodie, Indy Pouch, U.W.Medical Center, Seattle, Dr. Paul H. Lange & Jonathan L. Wright

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12 years 6 months ago #9884 by Patricia
Joe doesn't your pouch give you a hint as to when to empty? Mine cramps.
As for the paper towels on the top of the toilet...i'd move them a little further away unless you actually put the lid down on the toilet when you flush....I haven't had a male yet in this house who has!!! Pat

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12 years 6 months ago #9877 by Mike
I have a roll of paper towels I keep on top of the toilet. First thing I do is wash my hands thoroughly and then I get one paper towel and fold it in half and place on sink. Next I put the lube on the Catheter and kind of roll it around a little on the towel just my style. then I just use a regular Q-tip with water and clean my stoma. I stand with the urinal in the sink I am 4 months post op so I can eye my put out. I still get mucous so I have to irrigate just about everytime this is the only nuisance. Then when I'm done I wash my catheter with anti-bacteria soap with hot water and dry off with paper towel and store in small tupperware bin. This seems to work for me and I am sure everyone has their little tricks that they like to do. The only thing that freaks me out is my putouts sometimes they are 350, then 400, then maybe 500 and this is all 4 hrs. But I did find a link on this sites homepage how these pouches can get moody. I wish they could of put a meter on it so I could see if everything came out lol and also you would know when it is time to Cath without using the clock. Joe ;)

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12 years 6 months ago #9874 by wendy

Hello to All

In 1998 I was diagnosed with Bladder Cancer & after 2 operations to remove small tumors in my bladder I was told the cancer was back & was Type 3,Invasive.In Sept. of that year I underwent Radical Surgery.I was told the best option for me was the Indiana Pouch.

Wow! 9 yrs post-pouch and still doing well, I'm glad to meet you. Thanks for your post and sharing your tricks of the trade.

All the best,

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