Well, I’ll give due warning there may be a bit too much info here, especially for those having or about to have their lunch. So those of a sensitive disposition might want to skip this one.
Some of you may recall I didn’t want or request this appointment, and had toyed with cancelling, as I believe there have been subtle changes to my bladder habits, but NOT a major issue (no wetting, urgency, infections etc.)
I get extremely anxious about hospital appointments, so hoped it was going to be a simple chat and some lifestyle advice.
So no, I get there and I’m in for a bladder ultrasound and dip test, so I’ve got to provide a sample AND empty my bladder for the scan.
I explained that I get very nervous, and already suffer from slight hesitancy - this is compounded by being in an unfamiliar loo, so I may not be able to cooperate.
She says: well, take your time, and just do the best you can.
So, I go to the loo, and struggle to pass water, but to my horror, because I’m so anxious, immediately have terrible diarrhoea! I didn’t actually soil my clothing, but am now in a right mess, and know I’ve GOT to clean myself up, because in a minute, I’ll be unzipping my jeans and exposing my lower abdomen for the scan - there can’t be any hint or whiff of pooh - the poor nurse!
So I know I said hesitancy might be a problem, but God knows what she thought could have happened to me, because I was in there an age, actually trying to wash myself with the paper towels and soap provided for handwashing!
Managed to clean myself up as best I could, and only then try again and pass a very small amount of wee - enough for the dip test. And all the time I’m in a sweat, and worrying I’ve not cleaned myself properly, and she’ll notice.
Eventually return to the consulting room, apologising for taking so long - didn’t tell her that I’ve effectively been attempting to take a bath - with my clothes still on - she thinks I’ve spent all that time just doing a wee! OMG.
Anyway, long and the short is I was perfectly correct in my own assessment there was nothing serious the matter, and I didn’t really need the appointment. I don’t have a water infection (I knew that!), and I’m NOT retaining (she said there were about 50ml still in there, but that was well within the limits of acceptability). She said, looking at my charts, I don’t have a problem with frequency either (knew that too - it’s more frequent than it used to be, but still less than some healthy people).
So I don’t know if it’s positive or negative, overall. I’m not sure it was worth the stress of the appointment, and the terrible diarrhoea incident (which hopefully she didn’t suss about) - just to have confirmed what I assumed all along - there’s no issue, and I didn’t really need a continence appointment!