reply to post by canadiansenior70
I can empathize with needing the right personal care items. I have not had to cath yet and I am hoping once this tumor is removed, I won't have to,
but was already advised I will likely in the future have to self cath.
I work in a hospital as a secretary and EKG monitor tech, so I was able to get my hands on a good bladder and bowel training program for neurogenic
bladder, which I was diagnosed with.
This has helped immensely, but I always have protection for those unexpected cases that ultimately happen. It decreased the amount of accidents, and
also pain from an overly full bladder that I could not feel. I also learned how to use certain muscles to assure an empty bladder, and that also
Hoping the once the tumor is removed, it will relieve some pressure from my bladder, and allow it to hold more. Not certain if the nerve damage is
permanent, or not. I am being hopeful, in any event.
Where I work, we don't put diapers on patients out of convenience, or because of being short staffed. It isn't even allowed.
We had a new patient care tech, and I overheard her telling a patient that they had on a diaper, just go in the diaper, and we will change you. No
way! We don't work like that here. We strive to try to give as much dignity as possible, and if the patient would prefer to get up, then, by God,
they get up! The same tech was eventually fired, because she kept telling patients the same thing.
Also, when a new patient comes in, we document any pressure sores, and those are addressed immediately. If the patient develops them in our care,
which is VERY rare, then the cost of healing and care falls on us, because we caused it. As should be the case for your hospital/rehab.
As I said, if you need things, please U2U me. We can make sure you get the right diapers, since they are so expensive, having ones you won't use is
so costly. It is best to stock up, too, just for times like this.
So, diapers, tape, anything else, I would be happy to help you, if you want.
My husband does the shopping, because I cannot, so I know what its like not having the right things, especially underthings, to wear. It's
uncomfortable, as well as just inconvenient.
I'm sorry you are alone, though. Wish I was closer, I would come stay with you a bit if I could. Watch some movies or something.