I’ve just begun using peristeen in the last week and am having trouble with it. My problems are 1) getting the catheter in and 2) getting the water & poo out.
Its been taking me ages to get the catheter in place and I’ve now got a UTI because of it. How do other people, especially women, get the catheter inserted? My hands are a bit iffy, but I manage to use a catheter to ISC so thought I’d be ok. Is it just a case of practicing?
The other problem is that the water etc won’t just flow out when I turn the dial to the emptying symbol. I have to really try & push (which is problematic for me) and I end up light-headed. Even when I’ve finished I still feel like I’ve not emptied sufficiently. I don’t know if it’s not properly emptied, or whether it’s wind, or even an impaction higher up. Or maybe it’s usual to feel like this in the first couple of weeks.
So how do people do it? Should I just keep on trying and expect that ultimately it’ll be ok? It’s only been 5 times.
Thanks for your help.