Incontinence & Self Cath Woes
I just had a really good conversation with a woman who is doing self cath now and will have another surgery next year for repairs. We were discussing something that mesh injured women discuss with each other as we are the only ones who really understand what this is like. The discussion was all about smell. No not pleasant but something every mesh injured woman worries about and absolutely hates. How to keep everything clean and deal with bathroom smells is a huge problem and one that no one talks about. This woman knew I had to self cath for a long time and after removal the damage to my urethra caused total incontinence. I hated every moment of it. She told me she had been trying to help another woman deal with total incontinence who were also worried about bathroom smells and she asked me how I handled it. When I told her she said to me it would be such a helpful blog, so I said of course I would write one.
The mental stress of mesh removal and damage to our bodies can take such an emotional toll. Then comes dealing with the other part of doing self cath or incontinence. How do you handle it and deal with the disposal and not let it affect people coming to your home to visit or others who live with you. Women are so aware of smells and cleanliness, probably far more than men, and walking into a bathroom that does not smell clean can cause us more stress and even the idea of it makes us worry. So this is how I dealt with the disposal and soiled garments.
My daughter knew how much I hated it, so she went to Walmart where she found two smallish plastic flip top trash cans one for each side of the toilet. She then suggested something I did not think of. Buying a carpet fresh product and bags that are perfumed. Carpet fresh products are made of baking soda but are perfumed to help clear smells from pets or other issues. You have to find one that you really like as they can be overpowering but she bought linen scented Fabreze carpet fresh which has a very fresh smell and does not over power the room. Then I set up one trash can for any soiled under garments on one side of the toilet and the other for trash such as pads, self cath materials and baby wipes. First put a perfumed bag in the can and then sprinkle the bottom with a layer of carpet fresh. Then when you drop the items in, you will notice a remarkable different in how your bathroom smells as the perfumed baking soda soaks up the odors. When you open the lid you will notice that the carpet fresh has taken over any odors you hate and your bathroom will smell nice and you can relax.
We cannot change the stress brought into our lives because of the damage done to our bodies, but sharing how we deal with other stressful issues can make a huge different. This has always been the aim of this blog.
If you are told you have to self cath and don’t know how to deal with it, this blog may help you. I could not self cath over the toilet or raise up one leg because of nerve damage and my dizzy problem, so I had to do it lying in my bed.
The reason I am dizzy all the time is because I was given eight times the normal amount of a drug called Gentamicin by IV to clear a serious infection. I constantly write about this so that women can be aware what can happen if given this drug. THERE IS NO CURE and you have to live with it the rest of your life. The following is what happens to you because of this drug.
“Ototoxicity is, quite simply, ear poisoning (oto = ear, toxicity = poisoning), which results from exposure to drugs or chemicals that damage the inner ear orthe vestibulo-cochlear nerve (the nerve sending balance and hearing information from the inner ear to the brain). Because the inner ear is involved in both hearing and balance, ototoxicity can result in disturbances of either or both of these senses. The parts of the brain that receive hearing and balance information from the inner ear can also be affected by poison, but this is not technically considered ototoxicity. (Poisoning of the brain is classified as neurotoxicity).”