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Bladder Problems Can Affect Your Kidneys : Kidney Health 101

Kidney function can be compromised when your bladder does not function normally. People who have to self-cath to empty their bladder experience chronic urinary tract infections which can easily infect the kidney. Lifestyle changes including diet and exercise to maintain your best health are often recommended but what does it entail? Pain medications, diuretics, salt, herbal supplements and high blood pressure that cause additional strain on the kidneys must be reduced or avoided when kidney function is compromised. Ask your doctor if you can monitor your kidney function annually and avoid or at least delay the onset of chronic kidney disease/end-stage kidney failure.

Consider your Kidneys When Managing Chronic Pain

It has been awhile and for that apologies. Let me share a note with you: Dear Trudy, How are you? First to wish you a happy year and that you keep being such a wonderful person as you are. Yesterday I just was thinking that I do not receive the emails I used to regarding the…

The Value if an Infectious Disease Doctor- Antibiotic Overload

Not long ago, while out of town, a spider or some sort of bug decided to decorate my face. I noticed a few pinprick type bites that at the time did not bother me much. I have been bit countless times, so besides the itch, I just ignored the discomfort. After several days the footprint…

Pelvic Pain and Bladder Infections

Trudy talks about Pelvic Pain: Pelvic pain has many causes; endometriosis, menstruation, constipation, for me I am sure mine was caused by bladder infections that cropped up nonstop, because of my underactive bladder. With all of the drama and head games swirling in my head I, at one time, I lost my identity.  Was I a sexy…

First Encounter with CompactCath, my Free Sample

Currently I use Speedicath by Coloplast.
Currently I use SpeedicathIMG_5584 by Coloplast. For those who do not know Speedicath is small and looks like a skinny tube of lipstick. The complaints I have heard about Speediacath is that it is too short and one sometimes has to touch the lubricated ridged tip to insert it easily. This catheter has served me well over the years.

Now I am provided with another option.IMG_5579
The sample I received was size twelve french. Fourteen french is what I normally use. Measure

My first time using the catheter I definitely needed

two hands. ( I can’t resit this tid bit. Most medical pictures have a woman separate her labia with one had and insert a catheter with the other. For my book Beyond Embarrassment I had a graphic artist change that in a picture, because just by the fact of a woman opening her legs her labia opens as well. Which is a good thing for the first time I inserted this new catheter!) I needed one hand to hold the device and one hand to pull the tubing out of the wound container. As I pulled the tubing through the protective sheath, the white cylinder you see in the picture. (which is great because I am sure this will cut down on infection) I got a little pinch because I did not pull it down far enough.

I then pulled on the wound tubing to insert the catheter in my bladder. There is no lubrication to the catheter yet the catheter is easily inserted. An excess of lubrication can cause a yuky build up over the day so it is nice that they have this feature. The urine flowed out quickly.

The ring shape made it easier to hold.

Countless times I have dropped a catheter in the toilet. Not a fun fishing expedition. This is a part of the design that is surprising to me. It is secure in my hands and easy to held while using.

I am sure insertion will get better with practice.

Third Stage Wake-Up Call: KIDNEY Health

Just as this blog, TrudyTriumph.com has evolved and progressed over the past few years, so have I. I started the blog to unload thoughts regarding the fear and anxiety I experienced as a urological patient with neurogenic bladder and bowel. As my body continues to morph, I count on you the reader to be in the wings; as I cheer for you, you can cheer for me (I hope). Life is never stagnant and as we exist, our form is always adapting and changing. It’s a law of physics! As my body changes, I need to constantly remind myself that my soul and attitude are primary to my contentment. Aging is an indication of our bodies wearing out. I just want to take the process a bit slow.

Industry ‘must do more’ to Improve Urinary Catheters

I saw this article on BBC News and need to pass it on to you.  Please read it. Industry ‘must do more’ to improve urinary catheters When I was first diagnosed with urine retention I was instructed  to buy reusable red rubber catheters.  After the use of the catheter I was instructed to wash it with dial soap and…

Fighting a Bladder Infection

Dear Trudy,
My name is Enid , I am 50 years old, and I live in Puerto Rico. At the age of 24 I was diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer. Consequently I had to undergo a radical hysterectomy and radiation therapy. Approximately 6 years ago I was diagnosed with neurogenic bladder as a result of the surgery and radiation…20 years later! And regardless of how cautious I am when I self-cath, the bacteria has “colonized” my bladder. Now every 3-4 weeks (no exaggeration) I have to take intravenous antibiotics for 14 days since the ESBL e-coli bacteria has become resistant to all oral antibiotics. My doctors fear that eventually the bacteria will also become resistant to the IV antibiotics, but that there’s nothing else that they can do. They’ve suggested that I visit doctors in the U.S. but due to financial reasons and my job, this is not possible. Has anyone had a similar experience? Suggestions please. Thank you.

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