Catheter? I 'ardly knew 'er...
November 16, 2011 6:14 AM Subscribe
I recently had urological surgery, and I'm on a foley catheter for the next two weeks. I'm female. How do I put up with it?
posted by stoneandstar to Science & Nature (9 answers total)
I think I'm generally pretty good about making lifestyle changes for the greater good, but this is one of the more confusing medical situations I have dealt with. The catheter itself is uncomfortable, but what I'm more concerned about are things like how to dress myself? I can't wear most of my pants over the catheter, and it's getting too cold outside for skirts. I'm currently in school and have a job, and everything I do takes 5x longer now. I feel like I'm going to be late everywhere. I can't sit down on a chair without relative discomfort. All I feel like I can do is lie down. I am embarrassed about getting up to leave class and hearing my bag slosh. I haven't left the house yet. The whole situation is overwhelming me, and I don't know how to deal with this on a day-to-day basis. Help?