Now you’ve had a good look in the mirror at your anatomy (anything like me that was something I’d not done before - and I’d reached the age of 44 by this time!), pick the catheter you feel most comfortable with - I assume you have been left with quite a few so can waste some! Sit on the loo, relax and just give it a go. The first time I did this I got the right spot immediately, I astonished myself!
I’m not too good with my hands either so there are some sorts of packaging I had trouble with, initially I found Lofric really difficult, it was bursting the bubble of saline solution that was the trouble, then I was told by someone to put the package with the saline bubble under one foot and then it’ll burst.
In terms of the best type of catheter to start with, I’d go for one that is quite stiff and not too long or bendy. If the catheter is too wobbly it’s harder to get the right place immediately. I started with Actreen Lite Mini. These are very easy to open, are quite firm and easy to keep a hold of whilst using them. I later swapped to Lofric, once I got the opening the packet sorted I quite liked them but they are quite bendy so I swapped again to Speedicath Compact Plus. They are kind of a cross between the two, not difficult to get into, fairly firm but somehow a bit softer than the Actreen.
Just be prepared to chuck the catheter away and try another one if you miss the spot and think it’s not remained clean enough. This doesn’t mean if you don’t hit it exactly to throw it, just see has the tip slipped to the ‘wrong’ area, or has the tip of the catheter accidentally touched a surface.
Dont forget, if you don’t get it right, just give your continence nurse a call on Monday and ask for some different samples. You could try again with a mirror (try getting a different type of mirror - I got one that folds which I could stand on the bed between my legs and with a good enough light I could manage) or try a different make.