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As of yesterday my urologist wants me self-cathing each day until my prostate surgery sometime next month.
We went through the whole process step-by-step in her office, but once I was home and needed to do it on my own last night it was a bit of a nightmare. I'm just so squeamish and each movement upward of the cath had my urethra (and then prostate) in freak-out mode.
I finally was able to do it, and I'm hoping it gets easier with time (my doc says a kind of mucous lining starts to happen after you do it for awhile, which I thought sounded unlikely). But I thought I'd ask you guys if anyone has any advice about what will make it easier and less agonizing.
• Is standing in the bathtub or shower easier than sitting on toilet?
• Are there any stretches or moves you can do prior that help thing go easier.
• Any breathing exercises?
• Is going faster with insertion better than slowly pushing it in (my style of cath has that angled tip on its end)? I tend to go excruciatingly slow which I think makes the whole thing more arduous and freaky. But I'm worried about jabbing to fast into something
Thank you all for any words of wisdom!
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