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How To Insert a Catheter as a Woman

A common fear most people experience after a bladder dysfunction diagnosis is will I be able to cath myself? Fortunately, we have an expert is who is willing to share her experience learning to use a catheter.  Trudy Triumph is a blog from JoAnne Lake sharing her knowledge and support about neurogenic bladder and bowel. Her goal is to enable other women to release embarrassment and reclaim their lives.

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10 Tips From the Playground That Help When Coping with an Embarrassing Disability

10 Lessons about Incontinence from Trudy Triumph

Hi, Aeroflow family! Allow me to introduce myself. I blog at Trudy Triumph and I have written a book titled Beyond Embarrassment: Reclaiming your Life with Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel.

I have neurogenic bladder and bowel and use a catheter about 6 times a day and my bowel sometimes gets me into trouble. I hope that the tips I write will give you comfort.

I learned these 10 important lessons.

  1. If I fell on the playground and my mouth bled, few noticed unless I screamed loud. This blog is my scream-loud tactic.
  2. Even if kids saw my scabby lip, they didn’t care.  Now I keep quiet about my medical condition unless someone shows interest.
  3. If a kid tried to push me and I could get away with it, I pushed backNow think about this folks, writing a book about personal bowel and bladder dysfunction is a set up for a big put down by the prim and proper folks. Trudy Triumph and Beyond Embarrassment are my written push back attempts. WE CAN TALK ABOUT THIS! 
  4. My friends did not care until I gave them a reason to care. When my friend Adrian and I ran for Sargent-at-Arms, we won because candy helpedThis blog and the book I wrote is your gift from me, like the candy, and hopefully your gift to others as well.
  5. To get a friend, you need to be a friend. Friends pass the day very well indeed.
  6. Scabbed lips make good school pictures. I am forever grateful that I had a mom who celebrated my imperfections. I was raised to not run away from the painful.
  7. It does not pay to lie, you get caught anyway. I had to decide early on who I was writing for. Patients are my target audience. Sometimes I write about things that perhaps the medical profession would not like. That is ok because I am a single person and this blog is a voice of a patient, not a “paid to sell” or a tactic to sway you a way I would not go myself.
  8. When I bragged few cared. But if I was real, I was shown empathyThis one needs no explanation.
  9. If a kid is stinky, the bullying satisfaction only lasts a short time. Bullies grow up to have problems of their own.
  10. It made no sense to try to please the popular girl because she was not my friend anyway. Do you know the most popular nonfiction books are cookbooks? I hate to cook. Right now, you are my friends because we are interested in this topic. I feel fulfilled doing this, popular or not.

Beyond Embarrassment has been recognized as a “very powerful and important book . . . an impressive achievement” by Jonathan Kirsch, Attorney.

Information provided on the Aeroflow Urology blog is not intended as a substitute to medical advice or care. Aeroflow recommends consulting your healthcare provider if you are experiencing medical issues relating to incontinence.

What Does Medicare Cover For Catheters?

With Medicare’s ever-changing guidelines for coverage and reimbursement, people often have trouble knowing the specifics of what is covered through their Medicare plan. This is particularly evident in continence care products, given the wide variety of catheters available. Whether you need an intermittent catheter, an external catheter, or a Foley catheter, Aeroflow Urology can assist you with all of your continence care needs.

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Catheterizing in Public Restrooms

Catheterizing in Public Restrooms

The process of adjusting to life with intermittent catheter use can be a major lifestyle adjustment for any patient, as well as their loved ones and caretakers. It can be a time-consuming, uncomfortable process, particularly at first, even in a patient’s home, with all supplies at hand and a feeling of sterility. However, the reality is, many patients who utilize catheters must frequently be out and about, living their normal lives, regardless of their medical conditions. Because of this fact, the process of catheterizing in a public restroom is a very important one to master. Though it can be a source of anxiety for patients, with proper preparation and education, catheterizing in public restrooms can be only marginally more difficult than doing so in the comfort of your own home.

There are two main issues that are the primary barriers to catheterizing in a public restroom. The first is having all the necessary supplies on hand in order to do so properly. Catheters, particularly male catheters, can consume a good deal of space. Many are too long to easily fit in a pocket or even a normal sized purse. Coupled with any sterilization and lubrication supplies, and it can be cumbersome to carry all the necessary supplies to properly catheterize in a public restroom. This can lead to patients skipping catheterization and trying to hold out until they get home, which can lead to bladder damage and other serious complications. Patients should always catheterize at the same frequency as their physician recommends. Many men find that carrying catheters and supplies in a briefcase can be helpful, as well as providing a hard surface on which to place the supplies during catheterization. For women, folding catheters into a U-shape can help them accommodate varying sizes of purses. Additionally, there are compact catheters available and intended for discretion and space, depending on your insurance and medical qualifications, such as the Coloplast Speedicath.

The other main obstacle to properly catheterizing in a public restroom is the aspect of sterility and hygiene. Complications such as urinary tract infections (UTI’s) can be one risk of catheterization, as the process can introduce bacteria directly into the body if not done properly and safely. Obviously, public restrooms are much less hygienic than the restroom in your home. The first and most obvious line of defense in avoiding health complications due to catheterizing in a public restroom is frequent, thorough handwashing. After washing hands, patients should make their way to a stall or private area in order to actually catheterize. Pushing and pulling with your elbow or foot can help preserve the sanitation of your hands. Patients should utilize a drape, paper towel, or some other more sanitary surface to place their supplies on. Many catheter systems can include these supplies or convenient alternatives. For example, Hollister catheters have an adhesive dot on the side of the catheter, enabling patients to stick the outer packaging of the catheter to any surface, while preserving the sanitation of the catheter itself. Gloves, if available, can be a great second line of defense for patients catheterizing in public restrooms. If a patient’s catheter includes a grip or guide strip, this should be utilized, so as not to touch the catheter tube itself which can lead to contamination.

If patients prepare properly and take a heightened degree of caution, catheterizing in public restrooms does not need to be a source of anxiety. With advances in medical technology and a trusted supplier on your side, you can utilize a catheterization program without sacrificing any quality of life. With an experienced supplier like Aeroflow Healthcare on your side, you never have to worry about dealing with insurance, learning about supplies, or picking up your supplies in a store.

Information provided on the Aeroflow Urology blog is not intended as a substitute to medical advice or care. Aeroflow recommends consulting your healthcare provider if you are experiencing medical issues relating to incontinence.