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So I’ve been a paraplegic for seven years, I’m a T-2 (so I can’t feel anything below the chest). Through my first seven years ( six an a half years!) I never used an internal cath I just used disposable brief.
About my second and a half year in I started catching really bad UTI were I had to be hospitalized for a few days. Until recently I’m starting to catch UTIs more frequently. Before I would have one UTI a year around the same time. Now for the first time I’ve caught 2 of them within a four month period. My doctors now are trying to push me to cath more.
So I have started catching myself but I have apprehension. My biggest one is sometime when I cath I reach a point of resistance (which I presume is the prostate). When I hit this resistance sometime just a a lil moving around an some pressure an the cath will go in. But sometimes I come back with a small amount of blood an that’s what worrying me.
My question is is that normal sometimes?
Should I be worried about doing any long term damage?
Any suggestions on methods I should use for cathing?
Will further cathing (after I had a session that ended up with a very small amount of blood) cause the area not to heal?
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