Chaz Antonelli (mc4bbs) wrote,
Chaz Antonelli
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My catheter is out!

I had a long chat with Dr. David just around lunchtime, we discussed many options and possibilities. First and foremost, there's most likely no need for me to wear a catheter any longer, in fact, it could be causing hesitation on behalf of the glans healing now. Any benefit from the catheter is outweighed by the possible damage it could be doing. So at 13:00 today, I took the catheter out. For those of you not familiar with removing a catheter, once it's been inflated, even after you deflate the balloon, the end of the tube has stretched out and is larger than when it went in -- so gently pulling it out, inch after inch, is an experience like no other. It's kind of like giving birth (I would guess.) I did this, quietly, in the men's room at work -- I got a little light headed (to be expected!) as it passes over the prostate! The image on the left is the top and bottom of an inflated foley catheter. The balloon side is what is in the bladder. As for the "Y" connectors on the other side, the wider one is there the urine exits, the one with the pale green cap is where you inflate the balloon with sterile saline from (once inserted into the bladder.) That is the end that you also remove the water from when removing the catheter. The largest concern is that the catheter does not deflate (see Methods for Removing a Nondeflating Foley Catheter for details.)

It takes a little while for the body to get used to "closing" your urinary sphincter; so some dripping over the next few hours is to be expected. Also, since the urethra was in an odd situation for the past 10 days, pissing will sting the next few times I void.

We're hoping that the meatotomy will close itself up in time, and that everything under the compression bandage is in good health. If the meatotomy does not close, further surgical work will be needed -- perhaps something that I can be guided through though...
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