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So this morning I went to the Uro Doc to have my Foley removed for the third time in less than four weeks and CIC instructions. The two previous attempts to void met minimum success and I had to rush back to be catheterized both times with the Foley. This time they sent me home with a box of self-catheters, some lubricant, and a 1000 cc urinal. I was able to do the self cath trial with a 14 Fr at the office and found it quite simple. I felt a little bit of pressure as it traveled through the prostrate but nothing serious. I got home and started drinking water and Gatorade as directed (about 10oz. per hour). I have been able to pee normally for the past seven hours, measured at about 125 cc per hour. I hope this continues, but I was wondering if 125 cc was enough to empty the bladder. I think not, but I have no discomfort thus far and they told me not to CIC unless absolutely necessary. The nurse also mentioned that every drop of liquid you drink does not get into the bladder immediately as it can settle in different parts of the body. After three months with the Foley my bladder seems confused and has a mind of its own. When the urge to pee starts it doesn't give me time to react in getting to the toilet. Hope this gets better and I think I may be seeing slight improvement already.
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