Allo me homies!
had my suprapubic catheter changed yesterday…10 weeks since the first change at 6 weeks, which went amazingly well…old one out/new one in, hardly felt a thing.
But not so for the latest one, I`m afraid!
Nursey got all the necessary laid out on my over bed table, deflated the inner balloon (this holds the catheter inside the bladder) and removed the old catheter…it showed no signs of gunge or whatever…sorry if that made you wince…if it did, then hang on to your lunch…worse to come!
She got the new one and began to push it into the hole…it wouldnt go…ouch it hurt…she put some more gel around the area to numb the sensation…didnt work…she pushed again and with a shove, I felt a spasm and a pop…like if you try to push a pen into an inflated balloon…another little shove and in it went!
My carer was looking on and her eyes watered along with mine!
Then nurse filled the new balloon with distilled water…and wrapped up all the detritus and said,
Well, that was harder than usual. There was a lot of resistance. Was the last change as difficult? I said it wasn`t and so she said the next one will be in 6 weeks. She said the spc holes close very quickly, but not usually at just a couple of seconds. It must be like a valve closing quick!
She said she didnt want me to get anxious re the next change, so it would be easier at 6 weeks.
I felt happy at that! I was warned it could bleed. I decided to stay in bed, as felt a bit shaky. Nurse left and carer gave me a bed bath and looked at the collection bag, to see it was like a rose wine…quite pink!
So there you have it…all done and dusted!