Reply To Red 1943.
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.