What kind of pads or undies should I get?

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Wicket
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   Posted 9/8/2006 2:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Should I get the undies for when the catheter first comes out or just the pads...Heavy, moderate or light?  I've been looking at this stuff and really have no idea what we'll need.
Ellen
 
 
Curtis, 63,  was diagnosed Aug 21, 2006
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Gleason 3+3=6, 3+4=7
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Letty
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   Posted 9/8/2006 3:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Wicket,

My husband uses "Serenity for Men". They are pads that seem to be shaped more for a man. We got the Depends underwear but he didn't like them at all. I have read that a lot of men change to different kinds of pads when the incontinence isn't so bad. Hope this helps.

Letty

spinbiscuit
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   Posted 9/8/2006 7:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ellen,

When I had the catheter removed I had only minimal control, and needed the Depends extra absorbant underwear. It wasn't as much about feel as necessity, and even with the extras I would go through 5-6 a day. I hope this is not the case for Curtis, but if so a Serenity Pad will not be enough protection. You can start by getting just the Serenity Pads because I used them later for a few weeks. Then if necessary get the Depends. Go on line and see if there is a coupon.

Good Luck,

Glen

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   Posted 9/8/2006 7:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Wicket,
 
We had a small variety. We had Depends undergarments and Depends pads for men in the beginning.  When my husband's cath was removed he had no control whatsoever - constant dripping. He felt more secure in the undergarment for a while, but soon found he liked the pads a lot more. I think being in his own jockies made him feel more himself too.  I brought home the "Serenity pads for Men" as Letty mentioned, and he likes those much better than the Depends pads.  They're not so bulky and seem to have a better coverage area, which offers him more security. Also, he found that he liked his jockies to be pretty snug to help hold things in place.  Hope your hubby does well.
 
Take care,
LW

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   Posted 9/8/2006 7:43 PM (GMT -7)   
LW,

You hit one point square on! Hubby feels more like himself in his own familiar jockey's! That's exactly why I bought Paul baggy carpenter pants to wear. He's one of those who likes his belt on and his shirt tucked in. Anything else makes him feel uncomfortable. Through all of that early stuff that was the one thing he actually said ..."thank you for know what to do."

I did buy a few of the poise pads in advance. He took two the day his cath was remove and proudly carried them right back home, unopened! The small things do carry the largest impact on a person's sense of self :>)
Swim

Wicket
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   Posted 9/8/2006 8:00 PM (GMT -7)   

Glen,

I have a sample of Serenity come and got a $1 coupon for Depends.  One more question...when he starts wearing jockies they have to be pretty tight to hold the pad in place..won't that be to tight on his wounds.


Ellen
 
 
Curtis, 63,  was diagnosed Aug 21, 2006
T1C
Gleason 3+3=6, 3+4=7
PSA 4.10


Wicket
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   Posted 9/8/2006 8:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Swim,
Wow!! I'm impressed that he didn't have to wear a pad home when the catheter was taken out. 
I have noticed there are many things going on in here that give a person a feeling of self worth and that's great!!  And it's great that everyone in here is rooting for everyone's  small accomplishments too.
Ellen
 
 
Curtis, 63,  was diagnosed Aug 21, 2006
T1C
Gleason 3+3=6, 3+4=7
PSA 4.10


spinbiscuit
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   Posted 9/8/2006 9:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ellen,

The Serenity Pads have an adhesive strip so they can be secured to the jockey shorts. A normal comfortable fit will be fine. I'm glad you got the coupon for Depends.

Glen

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   Posted 9/9/2006 5:53 AM (GMT -7)   
We went shopping for pads and undies - husb. cringed at the thought of the "diaper" effect. We bought a large package of off-brand men's pads and hoped for the best. From an emotional standpoint, it was easier to deal with putting the pads in regular briefs. I keep a few pads stocked in a cabinet for easy access so he doesn't have to see the packaging - sounds silly, I know, but somehow looking at the wording and seeing the big bag of men's depends didn't help matters. He has barely needed them, but still has an occasional "oops" drip (and we still expect the gushing to happen any minute), but now it's not a big deal to grab one in the morning for security.

Wicket
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   Posted 9/9/2006 9:39 AM (GMT -7)   
GreenAcres,
I can't remember when your hubby had his surgery, but sounds like he's doing great if only wearing a pad for an occasional "oops" drip...Hope Curtis is so lucky.  I think I'll buy one box of "undies" and a box of pads and see which ones he feels more comfortable with.
 
 

Ellen
 
 
Curtis, 63,  was diagnosed Aug 21, 2006
T1C
Gleason 3+3=6, 3+4=7
PSA 4.10


wittler
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   Posted 9/9/2006 10:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Ellen, what a great thread!
Out of all the things on my shopping list, the pads are the most puzzling to me. I've stood in that aisle at the drug store every time I go in there trying to will myself to the perfect choice. But the truth is I just don't know what to expect. I think I will go with a pack of the briefs and a pack of pads.
Kate
 
My Husband was Diagnosed 7/13/06
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*His father died of PC
*Negative Bone and CT scan


Wicket
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   Posted 9/9/2006 11:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Kate,
That's what I decided on since I have no idea either what to get.  I mean he may be really going alot of like some of the men just a trickle...hopefully the later, but have to be prepared for either I suppse. 
The reason I started the thread was because I was in the grocery store yesterday and thinking the same thing you were...I had no idea what to get so thought I'd ask in here what was the best.

Ellen
 
 
Curtis, 63,  was diagnosed Aug 21, 2006
T1C
Gleason 3+3=6, 3+4=7
PSA 4.10


JustJulie
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   Posted 9/11/2006 9:02 AM (GMT -7)   
We were lucky enough at our local pharmacy - they gave my husband samples of several different varieties so he could decide which one he liked best before buying a supply of anything.  Check and see if you're local pharmacy or medical supply centre would be willing to do this (even for a small fee it's worth it). 

flippin out
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   Posted 9/11/2006 3:13 PM (GMT -7)   
if,When you get feeling better and the dripping supsides some.
 
    I found the womens wings pad a good fit I folded the wings in and folded them in half they are much thinner and more comfortable for walking It took 4+ months and the first time without the pads can be scarry but thats the goal don't depend on those dependzzzzzzzzzz
 

M. Kat
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   Posted 9/12/2006 5:34 AM (GMT -7)   
I bought the Depends undergarments and the pads for men (don't remember the brand). Jeff said the undergarments are more comfortable than his briefs because they don't bother his incision. he doesn't seem to mind wearing them, especially since he knows they are temporary. he didn't wear anything on Sunday except his regular briefs and after helping our sons wash the cars and had a few beers, he did have some leakage so he's wearing the undergarments all the time, even to bed. he's been dry every night since Thursday. that's a great idea to ask for samples at the pharmacy.

Phoelona
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   Posted 9/13/2006 11:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello hopefully you are doing well. I just wanted to tell you that your Dr can write a prescription for incontinence protective pads and underwear and insurance will cover the cost most of the time, and most medical supply/ home health company will also deliver the supplies if the Dr writes the prescription for the undergarments and protective underwear. Take care and good day Phoelona

Wicket
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   Posted 9/13/2006 12:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Phoelona that will sure help.
Ellen
 
 
Curtis, 63,  was diagnosed Aug 21, 2006
T1C
Gleason 3+3=6, 3+4=7
PSA 4.10


Wicket
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   Posted 9/14/2006 5:26 PM (GMT -7)   
When Curtis comes home from the hospital with the catheter in place does he still need to wear a pad home or not?
 
Ellen
 
 
Curtis, 63,  was diagnosed Aug 21, 2006
T1C
Gleason 3+3=6, 3+4=7
PSA 4.10


spinbiscuit
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   Posted 9/14/2006 5:48 PM (GMT -7)   
He probably will not need a pad. I have heard of leaks from the catheter, but that is not very common. If you want to play safe you can take a couple of pads for the trip home. The time he will likely need them or the Depends is after the catheter is removed.

Glen

Wicket
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   Posted 9/14/2006 6:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh ok Thanks Glen
Ellen
 
 
Curtis, 63,  was diagnosed Aug 21, 2006
T1C
Gleason 3+3=6, 3+4=7
PSA 4.10


bluebird
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   Posted 9/16/2006 10:51 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey Ellen & Kate,

 

We bought the adjustable underwear and guards for men.

The Depend Adjustable Underwear is soft and gentle across the incision.  It allows you to fit it to your body. We got the (Small/Medium 28"-45") (available in Super Plus Absorbency only)

The Depend Guards for Men (one size fits all) (available in Regular Absorbency only) have adhesive to attach to undershorts.

I wanted to cover both ends... They both did the trick!! Fortunately we only needed the Guards...

(I didn't know about the forum before our surgery... so your comments are fresh in my mind.... looking at all the different kinds and styles... not knowing what to expect!!!)

For the ride home...we had both ready.  Used both not knowing what to expect!!  Was able to make it home (2 hours) and had a nice long pee with me in the background clapping and wahoo-ing :)

It's been 5 months and Buddy now wears his regular jockeys and uses Equate Pantiliners for insurance!!!  They are nice and small and gives great peace of mind... just in case :)

 

Take care,

Lee & Buddy


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