As many of you might already know, I'm back on a catheder. (see Topic Oh No, blood in urine)
I'm now equiped with a BARD leg bag with which I'm not happy with. I have written the company: www.bardmedical.com with the following:
"After prostate surgery, the BARD cath was installed along with a leg bag and a 2 litre night bag. I find the strap system on the leg bag
completely useless. If the straps were around 2 inches in diameter, with an equally wide velcro sustem, perhaps the bag wouldn't keep falling down and pulling on the cath. The current size of straps and velcro simply cannot do the job so now I have to use DucTape to tape the strapsto my leg. (outch, when removing) Also, why not include a two foot tube extension so the bag can be attached lower, top strap just below the knee and the other just below the calf area. Makes draining easier plus the calf itself will keep it from slipping down. (Not recommended when wearing shorts though.)
Also, while wearing the bag above the knee, in my case the bag is too long and interferes with my knee movements. If it was made somewhat WIDER and therefore somewhat shorter and still maintaing the same capacity, it would be consideralble more comfortable."
Here is their response:
Subject: RE: Bard Medical Website Feedback Submission
"Thank you for your interest and your suggestion. It has been passed along to the appropriate people. We always appreciate recommendations
from our customers. We strive to produce better devices to make lifebetter for the patient. Again, thank you - The BARD Medical Web Team."
If all of you reading this would copy and paste this to:
Bard.Medical@crbard.com and also to:
Perhaps, just perhaps will they get serious and make the modifications.
Wearing a cath with associated accessories is no joy and doing this might just make our situations a bit more tolerable.
A appreciate your help.
Jerry in Canada.
Age, only 71.
July 2009, PSA 9.1, free ratio 0.16
September GLEASON 4+4=8, T2A
Calcium: 2.46 (range: 2.20 - 2.65 mmol/L)
25 Hydroxy Vitamin D: 102 (range: sufficiency:
76 - 250 nmol/L)
Bone Scan: Negative
CT Scan scheduled for Dec. 1st. Negative.
Started Casodex 50mg. on Nov. 6, first pill of 30.
Got Lupron 22.5mg ( 90 day ) on November 19.
No real side effects as of Dec. 15 except dry skin and hair but getting quite 'porky' in the belt area even though now I go to the gym, three times a week. Also I dont have a need to shave anymore so now I can save my 'shaving' allowance and direct it to my stash of Depends !
Christmas Day got my first hot flashes. Thanks Santa!
Open surgery done on Jan. 20th. by Dr. J. Chin at London's University Hospital.
Cath removel scheduled for Feb. 8th. Yes, I know,
that will be 19 days. Dr. is out of country until then.
Gleason Score: cannot be determined due to hormone therapy effects. ???????
present, left radial, multifocal
present, left basal, multifocal
Apical: involved by invasive carcinoma, multifocal
Bladder Neck: involved by invasive carcinoma, unifocal on left side.Other: non-tumoural prostatic present at resection margin.
Perineural Invasion: present.
Seminal Vesicle Invasion: absent
Lymphovascular Invasion: absent
Lymph Node Status: no malignancy in regional lymph nodes
Additional path. findings:
high grade prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia
Pathology Stage: yp T3a NO MX
Radialogist appointment was on Friday Feb. 26 with Dr. Glenn Bauman in London.
Got another Lupron 90 day shot today and he wants to start IMRT soon. CT Scan plus measure scheduled in about 3 weeks. ( march 15)
First PSA test since surgery on March 18th.
with the results of <0.03 !!!
Started a Facebook page for bikers with prostate issues at:
IMRT to started on May 10. Going to get 33 units.
Post Edited (JB71) : 6/24/2011 1:19:44 PM (GMT-6)