I am DaVinci +12 weeks, had a Foley Catheter -
1) I see comments about
paper tape for the catheter tube (this is a type of medical tape, just paper-based so that it does not cause as much irritation to the skin). Tried that, but I was leaking like crazy, and that did in the tape. I found a stretch bandage (I think the J&J name was "Coach"; the Walgreen's edition is "Tender tape Stretch Bandage" - comes in 2in x 6 yard roll). Beats the tape, does not fall apart if it gets wet from leakage, you can let it dry, and if careful can reuse one. One wrap above & one wrap below the t in the tube works.
2) A couple of suction cup mount hooks - biggest they have - I got them to put in the tub so I could hang the cath bag upright while showering; second on the tile wall next to the toilet, still to keep the bag upright. Whole purpose there is to not let any debris in the urine get back into the valve, which will stop it up, and trust me, you do not want that.
3) Loose fleece type pants - or some basketball type quick pants - you need something that is large enough in the leg to put the cath bag through (think a bit bigger than a dinner plate), or that zips / snaps on the side. I bought Adidas 100G Snap pants for one; and some "on-sale" Old Navy fleece pants - split those from above the knee to above the ankle - that way you can drop the bag through and carry it with the tube at a reasonable height. Don't split them all the way down or you'll have to pin them back together.
4) Some "adjustable" Depends or Walgreens underwear. They
open up on the side. With a Foley cath you may leak.
5) A pack of "underpads" - Walgreens or store brands - come in packs of 10. Put them wherever you will be sitting for any length of time (car, chairs at home) - soaks up any leaks.
6) I got the plastic sheet to protect the mattress, but never used it - I used the underpads instead, less noise and discomfort. A couple of smaller ones, or the large one under the sheet. They can be reused until they do their job. Keeping it till I do the radiation, as I'm told that is a whole new round of incontinence.
7) A squatty or square bucket, 12/14 liters, - as big at the bottom as the top - to hang your cath bag in, at least at night by the bed, maybe by the chair during the day as well - more than once the value came
open unexpectedly. Put an underpad under that too. Most mop buckets are small at the bottom - they will turn over.
8) Boxer shorts are pointless with a Foley cath unless you switch to the leg bag - I did not, was putting out more than it would have held, and didn't want to be getting up all night.
9) More toilet paper and paper towels than you think you need - you may be cleaning up more than you expect (at least I was, with the cath issues).
10) a large cheap plastic measuring cup, at least 1 liter size, with liter markings - you might be asked to measure what you drain from the cath, and they like milliliters. And the wife will have a piece of what's left if you use hers. You'll probably trash it afterwards, so cheap is the operative word.
11) A "pickup" tool from Walgreens or the like - you will not be able to lean over enough to pick anything up off the floor for days.
12) Borrow a cane - you will need something to help you balance for the first few trips out walking.
13) Get a couple of extra cheap (you'll throw these away too) pillows & cases to use to block youself in bed. You will not want to roll over on that tube.
14) Cottonelle, Wet Ones, or generic wet-wipes to clean around the cath tube and clean up leakage - getting a UTI will be a killer - had two.
15) Lysol wipes or spray for the bathroom - need I expound on my catheter ---:(
16) And yes - the doughnut pillow is a wonderful thing, even 12 weeks out.
17) Some cheap house slippers - you'll probably leak all over them, and want to throw them away "after catheter"
I'll walk around & see what I missed - maybe another post later.
Post Edited (142) : 1/20/2010 3:08:38 PM (GMT-7)