Self catherazation

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Hello ladies this is DiAnn and I'm 2 weeks post- op from surgery of a prolapsed bladder and removal of uterus. Today was my first appointment and I was so excited because I've been feeling so much better and doing everything that I was instructed to do and looking forward to a good report. I have a wonderful,kind,educated Urogynecologist and I'm very pleased with. The report was that everything is healing very well inside me with the one exception that my bladder is not emptying completely. I've been keeping a voiding chart and I've been going everything hour to half now for past week at 75 to 100, when I should be voiding 300. Today in the office I went and voided bladder before he saw me and 15 minutes later he cathetered me and I emptied 300 more. So for the next 2 weeks I have to self catherate to empty and retrain the bladder.They instructed me how to do it but I'm still a little scared that I will not be able to do it. Has anyone self catherated? I need some reassurance!! Thank you!!!

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    So disappointing, DiAnn. I find it interesting that you had a follow up visit at two weeks. My follow up visit is at 6 weeks. (Just a comment).

    there are some great ladies here and I am sure you will get lots of support.

    every good wish . . . 


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      Actually this is my second visit to my doctor / specialist. I went 5 days after hospital release to get the hospital catheter out and during that first week I was able to call his office and they got right back to in regards to any concerns.

      My 3rd day out of hospital , I received a personal call from him to check on my progress after the surgery. Outstanding doctor!! He specializes in woman's care and has many degrees. He is board certified in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery.

      I'm blessed to have him as my doctor for this condition.

      After leaving doctors office all I could think of is getting on this site to hear from other woman.

      Thank you!!

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    diann I can imagine how you must feel especially as everything else is going so well. The bladder is made up of a lot of muscle and in your case it's probably just got a bit lazy. This does happen very occasionally and I've seen it sometimes take a bit longer to sort itself out. It will so don't think you're going to end up doing this self catheterisation for weeks and weeks. Did your consultant tell you to do your pelvic floor exercises? That will help. 
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      Matron, thank you for the encouragement!

      No he did not tell me to do the exercise yet, but I'll call him and ask.

      I just need to face my fears about this self catherazation and do it!!

      Ironically I voided 300 on my own twice last night and 200 this morning , and gonna see how it goes today before I start the self catherazation.

      I keep a log so before the end of day, hopefully it'll keep voiding in good numbers then perhaps I won't have to do the catheter.

      Will let you know! Thanks again!!

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      Yes please keep in touch diann. This website is very good at giving and receiving advice and everyone is really supportive 

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