Urinary inconsistency is a condition that is common in many people and is more common in older people. As a result, many people around the globe use catheters. A catheter can be used during surgery or when one has developed a health complication necessitating its use for the rest of his life.
Catheters have been in existence since the 1930s. When a doctor recommends a catheter, do not be afraid. Here are facts you need to know if you are using the catheter for the first time.
1. You’ll get used to living with it
You should not be afraid of using a catheter. With time, you will get used to living with it. Talk to people who have used it before and learn from their experience. They are also an excellent source of any other information that you may need. One can live an almost normal life. You just need to know how to drain it, use it hygienically, and when to go for a replacement.
2. Know when to ask for medical advice
It is important to recognize serious symptoms that indicate you need medical advice. Some of these symptoms are severe bladder spasms; if the catheter is blocked; if there is blood in the urine; or if the catheter falls out. You should contact a health practitioner when you observe these symptoms immediately.
3. Drink water
Most people think that their habits of drinking water are affected when doctors recommend a catheter. This is not true. In fact, research has shown that taking a lot of water reduces the chances of getting urinary tract infections (UTIs).
4. Your normal activities
When living with a catheter for the first time can be challenging. However, one can go on with normal activities after some time. A health practitioner will provide you with advice on how you are going to engage in your work or exercise normally with a catheter.
You can also be taught by the doctors or nurses how to remove and replace the catheter when engaging in some activities. There are different catheters designed for various activities and times such as when sleeping.
5. Take care of the catheter
You should take care of your catheter to reduce chances of getting infections. You should clean your catheter properly and always follow the right hygienic process. Always try your best in the management of the condition you are living with.
6. Have a spare catheter
Always have extra catheter equipment not only at home but also when traveling. This is especially important during emergencies. You can use the additional catheter equipment after an emergency before going to a hospital.