An indwelling catheter (placed while under anesthesia or post operatively) carries the real potential for a urinate tract or bladder infection. The draining tube provides a ready incoming road for simple, every present bacteria to freely enter the urinary system (urethra and bladder and kidneys).
Intermittent carheterization does not have that same risk. The intermittent catherizatikn tubes are ultra thin and single use. People with spinal cord injuries self cath several times a day.
Even if you are in a room with other patients, and especially so, there will be ample background noises from those patients - talking, rustling with a newspaper, watching television, nurses and staff entering and leaving - to offset your sense of self-awareness.
Pee, poop . . . It is universal.
I have a permanent ileostomy. That is, I wear an ostomy pouch on my abdomen that collects fecal output. It has become second nature to me, akin to wearing a pair of bifocals to see better. No one who sees me would know that I wear an ostomy pouch. The pouch is odorless. Low profile. And I am a petite/small person where a bulge would be a curiousity to a casual observer.
What you need to remember is that people, for the most part, are self-absorbed in their own orbit. People will not be focusing their attention on sounds coming from your curtained cubicle. The use of a meditative CD or sounds of ocean waves or whatever would give you a sense of enhancing your privacy.
In the end, your forced convalescence will be a finate experience with an end date. Given the inherent risks of bedrest, your physician will have you up and at least sitting as soon as the particulars of your leg wound allow.
All to say . . . Try to ease your worries. Often what I worry about
the most turns out to be less problematic than I envisioned.
Pituitary failure, wide-spread endocrine dysfunction
Mixed connective tissue disorder
Extensive intestinal perforation with sepsis, permanent ileostomy
Avascular necrosis of both hips and jaw
Receiving Palliative Care (care and comfort)
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