I know i am still a rookie-newbie on the IC path, but would like to put in a vote for The CUP. I read somewhere on here about
a (half joking perhaps) idea to just hang a pail under your penis while incontinent (obviously only good when you are lounging in your bathrobe while still at home).
But as humorous as it might seem I have been sold on the benefits of this method for the following reasons:
1: You can really monitor what is going on -- when you drip, when you do not and when you REALLY drip
and how much you drip (not getting anal about
actually measuring it but you get a good idea).
2: You use ZERO pads during these times --surely a plus for all us cheapskates - and also saving landfill space by the TON!!.
3: As someone pointed out - you are dangling in a nice airy environment - not all humid and uriney and airless -- gotta be a plus there.
4: Along with #1 you also can really see when you just leaked -- with a pad I can sort of sense I just did but am never sure.
5: This is similar (when u think about
it a bit) to the method we used to use with our Toddlers when they were resisting our cajolings to become potty trained -- you take away their nice warm feelings of a wet diaper for an uncomfortable running down the legs feeling (ok we avoid that last part with the cup).
6: Did I mention saving pads ??? ;-)
7: And this is a really good one -- when you have your partner using fingers trying to send some of the old feelings back to Mr Sleepy AND you still drip a little during this (as you inevitably will) you can just keep Mr. H heeled over into the cup while any of this important rehabbing is going on and the dribs go in the cup and do not interfere with any ministrations that she might be doing (and no doubt your partner and you are more relaxed about
not having to sop up any drips. ). (I guess you can do this with a pad under just as well but remember #2 and #6!!!
8: Along the same line as #7, it allows you to check in on things as often as you like -- especially when you are looking for signs of life after taking some performance enhancing drugs etc.
As for cup attachments -- I just recycled the old LEG BAG rubberband (latex or something?) around my left leg, slip a 10 oz clear plastic disposable cup along inner thigh and slip penis head over into the cup. Scrotum etc is OUTSIDE cup unless you really want it all jammed in there. ( Disposable cups come in all different thicknesses -- use one that won't crush easily AND that has a comfortable curved top edge).
You only have to remember to shift the cup angle just before sit down so's it does not spill (also just have a small plastic bottle around for Dumping.
Obviously this only works for a tablespoon or two before you dump -- otherwise you slosh --unless you stick a tissue in to absorb for a while).
Can even be used under baggy sweats or boxers around the house.
Give it a try -- turns Incontinence into a Spectator Sport of sorts for you and partner!
(I am sure this idea might wear thin over weeks and months as pad use decreases anyways -- but for now in the early hi-flo days I like it a lot).
Age 58, 192lbs, 6'4", 57 at DX, PSA Aug2008 7 4 ... June2007 4.7 (BPH + LUTS)
Biopsy Nov2008 1 of 12 cores 5%, Gleason 3+3 - Sona showed 140+ ml (110 grams) prostate size.
Prostate way too big for any Rad or Seed treatment or even trying to shrink.
open RP surgery 02/03/9, Nerve sparing both sides, 1 day in hospital,
Post-surgery Pathlogy Report - All margins clear - No Invasive spread - no change in Gleason score.
Cath out on 2/18/9, passed a STONE within hours. To be analyzed by doc.
Post Edited (JimbStars) : 2/24/2009 11:56:46 AM (GMT-7)