Trudy Triumph's Neurogenic Bladder Blog

Watching the Clock with a Neurogenic Bladder

Regular times for eating and toileting are important to me.   Since I have a neurogenic bladder and bowel I do not have the normal ques or signals.  If I do not pay attention to the clock I get into trouble.  My advice for my kindred spirits is to get a job at a school.  I can not believe how helpful the school year is.  I have it made in the shade.  I go to school and between second and third period I slip into the nurses office to use the restroom.  I do not even need to check the clock since I have my own reminder bell.  Then at the same time each day I I have third lunch.  After fifth period I duck into the nurses office again.  This regular eating and toileting keeps me comfortable and out of trouble.

This summer has thrown me for a loop.  I can't count the number of times I have had stomach aches and finally remembered to pee.  I just love to shop.  I can get so preoccupied with the hunt that I just zone out and ignore my warning signs and not make it to the toilet in time.  Then I need to just go home for a shower .  In many ways summertime is supposed to be spontaneous and free.  I just have a body that misbehaves.   It is kind of like caring for a child.  As a young mother often times I ate when I fed the kids and told them to go to the bathroom because it was time.  They needed a regular schedule just as I do now. 

I know of course how to help this quandary, GET AN ALARM CLOCK.

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