Since Friday I have been taking the Urispas tablets, they are to stop the bladder having spasms.
It seems to be working already to a certain extent, but of course it is early days, have only taken them now for three days, believe it is about two weeks before it works well.
My op is on the 26 November, which will come around quickly enough now; I know that the op to have the SP catheter is the only way to go,
Sadly it is the only way to go, seems a weird idea to have an op to make life easier that gives me a perpetual open wound that needs special care and attention.
But it is the only other option, seeing as I have had the Foley since August 2007, I now need to move no to the SP catheter.
Know that I have had the Foley for long enough now so have to make the switch, am actually in lots of ways looking forward to it being done.
Just wish that at night at the very moment I put my head down on the pillow and am just about to drift off and then each time, I think about the SP op and am wide awake right away.
Shame that there are no other options, wish there were research as to whether there are better ways to facilitate urination.
Another way so that there is not an open wound which has to be managed carefully and kept clean and sterile at all times.
Years ago I worked briefly at The Dairy Research Institute in Reading, where my job was to look after calves that had canulas with lids, in their stomachs so fluid could be taken out for investigation.
It was not pleasant looking after these animals; the whole project was to find out if calves could live on artificial milk so that cow’s milk would be for human consumption only.
I know it is not the same but keep seeing the unhealed calves flesh around the canula.
And the stomach fluids that would ooze out and dry rock solid which I had to clean off without causing too much pain.
Not a nice job hurting animals and killing them off once they were between 6 to 10 months and getting a new batch to feed artificial milk to.
I left after 6 months as I would not believe the official line that animals have no feelings and could no long bear hurting them daily.
That was 1974 and here it is 36 years later I too will have an open wound in my lower stomach.
All I hope is that it will be less worry than the Foley catheter is right now.