Hang in there fatcat. I had a catheter in for 22 days, 2 hours and 30 minutes....not that I counted or anything...lol.
Thing leaked constantly the entire 22 days. Did not have pain but it was a royal nuisance.
In my case, I rejoiced when it was removed, then 4 days later came down with orchitis (infected left testicle due to prolonged catheter usage) AND a left groin hernia......ouch!!
Had to wait 5 weeks before surgeons would do the hernia surgery, but man oh man, was I excited to get that second surgery behind me.
I am feeling very good now...down to 1 pad a day....taking Viagra 3 days a week and began pump therapy less than 3 weeks ago. Hope to be continent later this month and also hope to begin trying bimix within the next month or so as well.
Still somewhat in shock that I am a cancer patient, but thankful to God, my doctors, family and friends for giving me the strength to get through this period of my life. I am a stronger person for having this to deal with....and found out how wonderful my wife, family and friends really are when the chips are down.
Best of luck to you!!!