I was so happy to read the answers to the question on blood "leaking around the catheter"
that I decided to share my own experiences.
I had a catheter put in a month ago, and then requested the doctor to remove it a week later on a Friday. Big mistake. I went back to the emergency room to have it put back in. I couldn't stand the pain. I have a few suggestions for those who are new to the catheter process.
1. Lessening pain during a bowel movement:
When you have a bowel movement, you might experience some slight bleeding. If it is heavy bleeding you should see a doctor. (that is what it said in my outtake form). To lessen pain, take a small hand towel, wet it with cold water and hold it against your penis. This will prevent blood from dripping out onto your scrotum. It causes a mess, especially if it drips onto the floor. Also you will be able to see the extent of the bleeding and determine if you need to see the doctor.
2. Reducing the chances of an infection:
Every once in a while, (I do it about
once a week), unstrap the pouch from your leg. (Make sure to notice how it is tied to you leg, because you will have to put it back again after you take it off). Remove the straps, and the buttons. then unplug the plugs from the urinary sac. Be very careful to place them in a safe place as the buttons and plugs are very small and can easily get lost. Now wash the plugs, buttons and straps thoroughly. Take the sac and hold it under a tap. Turn on cold water. Let the sac fill up a few times (you can hold a finger over the bottom and top). Shake it a bit and let it flow out. Now wash the outside of the sac. Also wash the hand towel, this time with warm water and wipe the leg areas where the straps were tied. Now dry the items thoroughly. Rethread the straps and the buttons and tie it back to you leg. This should reduces the chances of an infection.
Make sure you don't forget to take your meds. I was prescribed Tamsulosin, and after taking it for a month and a half, I stopped it without telling the doctor. A few weeks later I had the most excruciating, pain, feeling I wanted to pee but couldn't. After staying up the whole night on a Saturday, hoping I could make it to my doctor on Monday, I had to give up and go to emergency. (this was the first time). They inserted a catheter. I was scared at first of a foreign object entering my body through my penis. There was some slight discomfort, but compared to the relief I experienced, it was nothing. Also when I went back to the doctor after my second catheter insertion, I noticed my blood pressure had fallen from 139 (at its best) to 119. I don't know if it will happen for everyone. but it did for me.
Also my doctor suggested I take Finasteride (generic for Proscar) to shrink my prostate. She said it might make my breasts enlarge. At first I thought "no way", but when the pain increased after taking out the catheter the first time, I gave in and am taking it now. She said it could take upto a month or two to show effect. I hope it works out. I am not inclined to a surgery, even though my uncle had it and it worked out fine for him.
Take care and best wishes for a speedy recovery.
Post Edited (SDsf) : 3/8/2018 1:47:48 PM (GMT-7)