Wednesday, January 05, 2011

A Very Stressful Afternoon.

Reply To Red 1943.
Yves Tanguy.
My appointment at the hospital today, went well or so we thought at the time, it was my first supra pubic catheter change.

There was a painful moment, which passed quickly, so I thought the catheter was ok, until Richie found the reason hours after my appointment at 10.30.

At 14.30 I felt bad, very warm and getting warmer, Richie discovered there was not a drop of urine in my catheter bag, yet I had drunk quite abit.

Starting with my pills, before we left for the hospital, which I took with a pint of cool tea, and then when we came home I drank a lovely fruit shake and shortly after had another big drink of tea.

Richie investigated, at first he could find no obvious reason; there was no kink in the tube which would stop the flow.

There was also no blockage of sediment in the top of the catheter bag which can be dislodged normally by Richie squeezing the top of the bag.

Then Richie tried to rinse the catheter with a small bag of saline solution, which for the first time ever did not work, that worried us both.

Me, especially as I thought at that point I would burst into flames that is how hot I got, not being able to pee since 09.30.

Richie decided to hoist me into the shower chair to investigate further; he hoisted me out of the wheelchair and took the wheelchair away while he got the shower chair.

As I hung in the hoist there was a small flow of urine and more once I was in our shower room, not surprising, it could not go via the catheter so the urine found its own way.

Richie again tried to rinse the catheter through and again no luck, then he suggested taking the catheter out and rinsing it through before cleaning it with a sterile swab and reinserting.

Richie did this and immediately flushed out a small blood clot, instant relief for us both, especially for me as once the catheter was inserted the bag started to fill right away.
Shame that the nurses had not been rinsed through my catheter, after putting the new catheter in, then maybe the blood clot would have been noticed right away.

It has been a very stressful afternoon after getting back from the OLVG hospital at lunch time today, now everything is ok and my blog post is written I am going to relax and enjoy the evening.


LauraX said...

oh Herrad, what an ordeal...I'm so sorry for your discomfort and worry, and so happy to read that you are ok now.

Muffie said...

Oh, Herrad, how scary and uncomfortable that must have been. Good for you and Richie being so determined to find the problem, thus avoiding a trip back to the hospital. Good luck with it and get some rest.

Gareth said...

Hi folks what a very unpleasent experience glad you got it sorted and hope you are having a relaxing evening. Have managed to score some more veggie jelly so will be bringing it over with us. Its been very dull and overcast here for days guess its the post christmas blues so looking forward to coming over and catching up with you folks.

Anonymous said...

Patience and strength for you both. A good Thursday as well.

janis said...

Herrad~ I tried to leave you a comment earlier & it wont let me... hoping this one goes through.
I am so sorry this this happened. How horrible for you. I am so glad Richie was there for you and helped correct this. Take care and have a better tomorrow.

Webster said...

Herrad, what a mess! Richie is so handy and proficient at taking care of these situations. Kudos to him! Blood clots happen randomly, and can easily be flushed out with a syringe that has a catheter tip. You can use either sterile water, or my doc says distilled is okay too. But do be sitting in the shower or on the toilet when you do it, because it has been my experience that what goes in this way comes out the "regular" way immediately. Hope this helps. It wasn't the nurse's fault, just one of the things they don't tell you might happen with a SP.

Hope tomorrow is better!

Anonymous said...

So sorry you had to go through that. i hope it never happens again

Have Myelin? said...

Oh goodness Herrad... I can't imagine the pain. I am glad you are over this and enjoying tea. Have a good evening!

Herrad said...

Hi LauraX,
It was an ordeal but thanks to Richie it was resolved.

Hi Muff,
Was so happy Richie resolved the problem.

Hi Gareth,
Good Richie solved the problem, look forward to seeing you soon.

Hi Robert,
Thanks, not my skill but I try my best to be patient.

Hi Janis,
Thanks for your support, the next day was better.

Hi Webster,
Thanks for your comment and advice.

Hi Anonymous.
Thanks for your visit and comment.

Hi Sherry,
Thanks for your viist and sweeet comment.

Thanks to you 5 dear friends and for your visits abnd comments.