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Three essential steps to living happily with a suprapubic catheter

The biggest moment in anyone’s catheter journey is when you transition from thinking of a catheter as a short-term solution to a long-term solution. You can bear it short term as the catheter will be removed. It’s the long term – knowing you have to deal with it day in and day out that’s the harder part. Adapting to life with a catheter takes time. Here I share the things I wished I’d known when I first had to make room for a catheter in my life. 1. Get the right catheter equipment Having the right equipment is so important. I knew so little about different catheters, drainage bags and straps. My very first night, I had to wake every couple of hours as I hadn’t been given a night bag. I didn’t know they existed! Waking every few hours to empty a leg bag is not a long-term strategy! During the day, I used to walk around with my catheter bag swinging around my ankles until I found you could get different lengths of leg bag. Also, I wasn’t advised how to secure it, and it was painfully precarious, moving when I moved, until I learnt to use a…
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Can I go swimming with a catheter?

Are you a catheter user that loves swimming and is wondering whether you can continue doing your favourite hobby? Being a catheter user doesn’t mean you have to stop enjoying your favourite activities, and that’s why we have written a series of blog to help catheter users in their daily lives. You can in fact go swimming with either a urethral or suprapubic catheter. Remember in the case of a suprapubic catheter a small incision will have been made, so swimming should be kept until at least a few days after the operation. Make sure the skin around the catheter site has fully healed and shows no signs of infection before getting in the water. As always, make sure you get the opinion of a healthcare professional before undertaking physical activities. We hope this blog helped you to make a well informed decision. Thanks for reading!
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