Hi ~ JL,
You are on a very special stepping-stone…. Healing/Recovery…. So ~ Please take time to let your body heal. It is a stone that we try to step off of too soon and the body will definitely let you know!!! Listen to your body… and if you think you souldn’t do something… Don’t!!!!!
I am attaching an excerpt that we followed during our recovery… Again ~ take time to heal before you start looking into any devices for urinary continence… We all heal at different rates… so please take the time… you will be the one who benefits from it.
Our thoughts are with you as you continue to move forward!!! In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy
Excerpt: Page 246
**After the catheter is removed….
> Until your urinary control has returned to an acceptable level, don’t force fluids.
>Once the catheter is out, you’ve got to slow the pace considerably. Avoid drinking excessive amounts of fluids, and stay away from caffeine in all forms---coffee, tea, even soft drinks. Caffeine, especially, is a powerful pharmacological agent that increases the frequency and urgency with which you need to urinate.
**Urinary continence: The return of urinary control:
**Phase One is when a man can remain dry when lying down.
**Phase Two, you’re dry when you’re walking around.
**If you can walk to the bathroom and not urinate until you get there, that’s a GREAT SIGN!!!…
---it means that the sphincter is intact.
**Phase Three, you are dry when you stand up (using muscles that put pressure on the sphincter)
**Remember, the recovery of urinary control is a slow process.
The most important thing you can do during this time
is not to get discouraged.
Excerpt: Page 244
**It’s hard to believe, but urinary control does continue to improve over two years and, in an occasional patient, even longer than that.
**Can you do anything to speed things along, and improve your urinary control? First, whatever you do, do not wear an incontinence device with an attached bag, a condom catheter, or clamp! If you use any artificial device, you will hurt yourself in the long run. You won’t be able to recover your urinary control, because you won’t develop the muscle control you need.