|Using a catheter
I'm a bit dubious about putting this on here, but everyone needs to go for a wee, right? A few months ago I had a catheter fitted…
Why did I need one?
Now this was becoming a really big issue for many reasons - the pain and discomfort of "holding it" all the time; which lead to continual urine infections over the one year (and I mean continual - during the 12 months before having it I probably had 15 of them). Increasingly though I reached the point where I couldn't hold it anymore and I'd have to live with the indignity of wetting myself.
Sometimes the hardest thing about living with ataxia for me is that I feel I chose how to live and deal with it. It's a huge responsibility! As the years go on you just have to hope that the choices you make are for the best. In choosing the catheter I hoped I wasn't just choosing a greater level of disability. It seemed like the option most likely to help me to stay living as independently as I can and that's the most important thing to me, so I went with it with a dull undercurrent of panic about whether I was doing the right thing or not.
Just do it
Having a supapubic catheter
I then spent a few extremely uncomfortable few months using pads. Finally I had a very super supapubic cather fitted - these are similar but they don't go through the urethra - in stead the tube goes through a little incision about two inches under my belly button and directly into my bladder. As a supapubic catheter doesn't go in via the urethra, muscle spasm which I'm prone to isn't an issue. It is recommended that the catheter bag is worn on the leg using straps however if I was to wear it this way I would be unable to reach the bag to empty it. So I put my catheter bag in a shoulder bag which I wear around my neck.
|This website has been around sinse 1998, and although it's changed a lot over the years it's always been about me and my disability. Over the years I have used many different hosts and website design packages. For the past ten years or so I have used 1&1 as my host and I have always been very happy with it. I have always wanted to learn how to build a website from scratch using Adobe Dreamweaver, so about three years ago I got in touch with Polar Solutions and arranged for a trainer to come out to my home to teach me at my own pace. So I now design this website using Adobe Dreamweaver and the skills I learned on that course. I designed the buttons using Cool Text.