Catheters – to pee or not to pee?

2 To Pee or Not to Pee

To pee or not to pee… That is the question! … Well I have had my Urethral (Indwelling) Catheter for 8 months now,. It has been changed twice as scheduled and three times extra because it has came out or has fallen out. I have had two UTI’s (urinary track infections) and two courses of antibiotics. The catheter should have only been in for a short time, while I recovered from my broken leg and ankle but as it has taken longer than expected, and my MS is progressing faster than i thought it is actually taking my leg longer to heal than a non M S sufferer.

I don’t know if the broken leg and ankel has anything to do with the length of time it’s taken, all I know is before my accedient my walking was a bit more stable, but has now deteriorated to the point of hardly being able to walk at all.

Anyway back to the Catheter, as I have had so many problems with it I am now seriously considering changing to have a Suprapubic Catheter fitted,for those that are not aware as to what that is,a whole that is surgically created with a connection between the urinary bladder and the skin then a thin tube (Catheter) is placed through the skin just above the pubic bone into the bladder, it does need carful looking after as it is a foreign body directly into your skin so cleanliness is essential, the area around the wound needs careful daily cleaning. I think this maybe the answer as at the moment I’am virtually prison in my own home as going out anywhere is a nightmare, the leg bags to attach to my existing Catheter are to say the least clumsy as you have to attach straps around the top and bottom of the bag around your leg and even with a skirt(you can’t wear trousers) the value pokes though, so I don’t use them unless I’m seating at home.

So can only go out locally and for a short time between having to empty my bladder. The suprapulic catherta may solve this I can attach a small bag and tuck it into my pants so I can wear what I want, that will make such a difference and give me back my confidence, so hope this can be done soon rather than later. It might also mean that at night when I get back up stairs and sleep in my bed with my husband I can replace the night bag and stand with a smaller bag tied round my stomach with a nice piece of ribbon .

I have found some interesting information at the following site

2000px-Foley_catheter_inflated_and_deflated_EN.svgUrinary catheterisation is a procedure used to drain the bladder and collect urine, through a flexible tube called a catheter.
Urinary catheters are usually inserted by doctors or nurses in hospital or the community.

They can either be inserted through the tube that carries urine out of the bladder (urethral catheter) or through a small opening made in your lower tummy (suprapubic catheter). The catheter usually remains in the bladder, allowing urine to flow through it and into a drainage bag.

Depending on the type of catheter you have and why it’s being used, the catheter may be removed after a few minutes, hours or days, or it may be needed for the long term. Urinary incontinence is the unintentional passing of urine. It is a common problem and is thought to affect millions of people worldwide.

It’s not clear exactly how many people are affected, but it’s estimated that between 3 and 6 million people in the UK may have some degree of urinary incontinence. Urinary incontinence affects both men and women, but it tends to be more common in women overall.

Anyway next thing to look forward too is the stair lift…


which after 8 months of waiting us due to be installed on Friday 15th May… i hope this is not the scene in my house when we finally get it installed. Can’t wait… I will be in the shower for hours, until my fingers go all wrinkly. Let you know how that goes, keep your finger crossed for me that nothing goes wrong. Bye for now.