” Look at this. It’s the newest one on the market” the lady at the counter says with much enthusiasm."
A few months later
It’s been a few months now and I have more experience. I have catheters in my lockers at school, in my handbag and in my gym bag. I make sure to have the equipment I need so that I can avoid situations where I must use a catheter without clean hands or without being able to clean properly. As I’m quite new to this game I want to share a few tips with others who might be new to all of this too.
Tips and tricks
- The first thing is something that I felt insecure about from the very start. I felt that I was constantly smelling bad – not a great feeling. I bought a deodorant spray meant for intimate use and intimate wipes with a good fragrance. I also bought an intimate soap with a nice smell and felt extra fresh after using it.
- The second thing I would recommend is a toiletry bag to carry all the accessories. I figured this out after a visit to a coffee house. I was carrying the catheter, antibac and wipes in my handbag, and as I’m sure many of you have experienced; when you need something in your handbag, it’s always right at the bottom!
I tried to discreetly take out what I needed for the toilet from my handbag. But I was clumsy and dropped a catheter on the floor. A man was walking pass our table and accidentally stepped on it. Unluckily the water splashed out of it and on the white jeans of the lady at the table next to me. The whole thing was very awkward. So that’s when I figured out that having everything in a small toiletry is a good solution.
- The third thing; it will get better! As with everything else in life, “practice makes perfect”. The first few weeks might feel exhausting. You might feel stressed when you need to go to the toilet, just because everything is new. Remember that it is the same as when you were a little kid learning to use the toilet instead of diapers. You might not remember that now, but it probably took some time to manage that perfectly too.
- Last tips for new beginners is about hygiene! You have a greater chance to catch a urinary infection when you use catheter, but if you are careful you can prevent it. And if you catch a urinary infection; go to the doctor! Don’t wait too long. It usually does not pass by itself, and it can develop to be more serious.
I'm no longer stressed about using catheters. It feels quite natural and I have found routines that work for me. I spent a lot of time reading up about it and made sure all my questions were answered. That helped me feel much more secure and safe. The best part of all this is that I know now which size I am!
Thank you for reading!