Posted 7/31/2009 7:34 AM (GMT -6)
It was 91 F yesterday here with 71% humidity, that speaks for itself. The little camper does have roof top a/c and it seems to work, what is keeping me from wanting to go camping is the catheter. I am not embarrassed in front of my own family to be seen with it, but in a group of strangers, yuck.
The big bag with the catheter forms a closed system, much like the cooling system on a modern car (you know, you no longer have a radiator cap directly over the radiator, its over the expansion bottle). The big bag, its large tube, and the way the bag is vented, assures an even draw from your bladder into the bag. It's a pretty neat system really.
Now when you wear the leg bag, and trust me, I have tried about 4 different types, there is no system like the big bag. Its just a small plastic bag that hooks directly to the output end of the catheter. Yes, it tends to push back and forth with each step you take. That is why, the more I do or walk with a leg bag, the more it hurts, and in yesterday's case, bleeds. By the end of 4 - 8 hours with a leg bag, I swear it feels like someone stuck a wooden dowel rod up my weiner.
With the large bag, when you walk, there is enough tube length to keep the walking motion from messing with you.
(It scares me to think that I know tha much about catheter use, lol)
I compromised with the wife. I will have the towing rig ready when she gets off of work, good to go. I will drive her there (she would never find it) and the trailer has never been towed since the restoration was finished, so I am hoping nothing goes wrong, and will get her set up on the other end. When all is well, I will drive her truck home (about an hour), and have a peaceful weeked to myself. Then Sunday afternoon, when she has had enough, all I have to do is go back and pick her and the trailer up.
BTW, have you ever spent a weekend with a pack of nurses, all drinking and smoking, and gossiping about work the whole time? I am no fool, lol.
Best to you brother.
David in SC