"I went from being free to do whatever I want, to not being able to walk properly if at all, with little use of my hands. I started to be able to do some things again over the course of two weeks, but I couldn’t pee on my own. They taught me how to catheterise myself, which is not difficult. Do I want to catheterise myself? No. Do I enjoy it? No. But it is what it is - such is life. I can’t change that fact, so let me get on with it." - Julian
You need to be patient – with training and practice you will most likely be able to empty your bladder in a few minutes and catheterisation will then become a routine you barely think about in your daily life. It is natural to feel slightly insecure and nervous about having to learn intermittent self-catheterisation (ISC). The thought of having to insert a tube into your body – not just once, but many times during the day – can seem overwhelming at first.
But you can take solace in the fact that 1000s of people like you do it every day, and while they may have had the same worries, now it has become part of their daily routine – just as it will for you.
Here are some of the main concerns, some first-time ISC users have:
Is it difficult to learn?
Nearly anyone can learn to perform ISC, even people with reduced hand dexterity. It may feel a bit awkward at first but with practice it will become an ordinary thing in your everyday routines. Your nurse will help you find the right catheter and way of doing it. Make sure you get the catheter that matches your needs.
Will it hurt?
ISC may feel strange at first but it should not be painful. Please consult with your nurse if you are having problems or you are finding it painful.
What if I can’t insert or withdraw the catheter?
Firstly, try to relax. Most problems are related to muscles tensing up. Coughing may help insertion and withdrawal. Speak to your nurse if you are experiencing problems. Maybe you should try another catheter to find one that is more suitable. Our Coloplast Care team can advice you on the features of the different products.
Is it harmful?
If you still struggle with the thought of doing ISC, remember that there are people around you to support you: your nurse and doctor can demonstrate how to do it in a safe way and your Coloplast Care team is ready to address any concerns you may have.
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