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(I'm a newbie, and a veteran here suggested I start a new thread with my query, to get more responses. Here it is below.)
So, the ER doc said, “bad luck” I had bladder damage from the Foley removal and my first try at self-cathing.
Until 1 September 2018, I was a 67-year old with the energy of a much younger man; and, healthier, for my age, than anybody I knew. Sadly, now, I need more-experienced “elders”, perhaps, you, to help me see the exit sign from having to carry a in-dwelling urine bag the rest of my life. I am feeling "lost". Here's the timeline:
1 September: Ate two plates of spicy Indian food and drank maybe 4 glasses of water during the evening. When I got home I suddenly could not pee nor poo. On the advice of dial-a-nurse, I went to Emergency at a city hospital, around 1am. They took blood work and ran tests. Approximately 4pm a doctor examined my prostate and declared “it's huge”. He ordered a sonogram (ultrasound imager for bladder) and the sonogram nurse said, “You're full - you just bought yourself a cathether”. The 2-liter bag was nearly filled. She strapped on a leg-bag connecting to the Foley in-dwelling cathether. The nurse also gave me a 2-liver overnight bag, and instructions. I asked another nurse “how long will I be wearing this?” He said, “one day to a few months”. I went home.
Did a whole bunch of research.
I read one more more forum posts that if a bladder gets more than 1.3L (1300ml), it doesn't go back to it's normal compressing function.
Bought a lot of natural supplements, ate pumpkin seeds like crazy, etc. etc. while I waited for my Urologist appointment. The uro doc said my prostate was 50ml with no nodules, i.e. no cancer. She opined that my blockage was a “one time” most likely. She actually wanted to remove the cathether at the appointment. I said, not today, as I'm waiting for my 30 intermittent cathethers ordered online. She said that the CIC instructions would be given by a home-health department in another suburb. However the home-health department was very cagey - sounded like they didn't have anybody who was able to teach self-cathing. After several follow up calls, I gave up on the home-health teaching people which operated from a community center.
My speedy hydrophilic CIC's with coude tip, arrived but I couldn't wait psychologically, so I watched video's and read every post in the forums about self-cathing.
At noon, this week. I went to a walk-in doctor/clinic on the advice from the uro, to have the in-dwelling cathether taken out. When the doc pulled it out, it hurt a lot. The doc said, “I hope your uro is right”. My penis was bleeding slightly. By 3:30pm I hadn't peed once and didn't feel like peeing even. So, I tried my first self-cathing. There was 3” of urine but the rest was bloody urine. The coude tip had mucoid blood. So, I taxied to ER at 5pm. The ER doc phone-consulted with several urologists and nurse did tests on the cath that I took with me. Blood work was also taken. I was worried about the bladder getting too full again, and lobbied for a sonogram. At 7pm, the sonogram printed 397ml in my bladder -- this seemed much too little for 7 hours of not peeing.
My penis has a laceration below and under the urethra opening apparently from the catether removal.
Key info came from the male cathing nurse as I he finished installing my second Foley. He said that I was too tense during the removal, and my spincter grabbed the cath. He said that I should have asked the doc for an anti-anxiety shot, Atevan, or something like that, before the Foley removal. He demonstrated with his hand as to how smoothly the Foley should have just come.
My reason for joining this forum is to know if there's a solution to having no Foley in my bladder. I've gone to a Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor, and got the three herbal remedy bags to boil. He says that I will be "good" in days. Is there any way to know, beforehand, if the Foley is removed -- that I won't have bladder retention again?
Thanks in advance for all replies.
P.S. A co-worker today mentioned, "Inside the superhuman world of the iceman" which he has already started seeing some results. Has anybody tried out-of-the-box methods to successfully rid themselves of catheters permanently? (And presumably shrinking their prostate.)
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