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  • My future with a catheter

    My future with a catheter
    Emma Purcell - 03 Jul 2018 - Mind & Body
    Rock For Disability
    This week I underwent life changing surgery and was inserted with a suprapubic catheter. A suprapubic catheter is a hollow flexible tube that is used to drain urine from the bladder. It is inserted into the bladder through a cut in the tummy, a few inches below the navel. I was given light general anaesthetic which put me to sleep while the procedure was done.
My reason for having this surgery is because I'm finding it extremely difficult to access public toilets with hoists and changing tables. Plus I find it very time consuming to go to the toilet, losing precious time to complete work and enjoy leisure activities. Having a catheter now means I don't have to worry about needing to pee on long journeys, require a hoist at work placements and venues and have more time to carry out daily tasks without long toilet breaks.
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