Apr 17, 2002 - 10:24 am
Today is Wednesday, April 17, 2002, I have been back to work for almost a month. I am still incontinent. When I first had the catheter removed I leaked like a siv. Just as the doctor told me. (After I had the surgery) I was instrcted to do the kegel excersises. 100 X's a day. I did this with a 10 second count. (squeeze for 10 seconds, relax for 10 seconds.) I was extremely frustrated. I seen no improvements. I search for support groups and could not find one that dealt with incontinent. Or I didn't know where to look. I recently had a Bio-Feedback apointment on Monday, April 8th. I was given a "Cunningham clamp" to use during the day. This is a clamp used on the penis and it is released every 2 hours. It is suppose to get the bladder used to holding urine. I was also given a different regiment of exercises to do. I now do 5 excercises, hold for 2 seconds each. then do 5 excercises holding for 5 seconds each. this is done in the sitting, standing, then lying positions. I have to do thses 3 X's a day. Also I do 25 excercises holding for 10 seconds each, 2 X's a day. So far I noticed that when lying down and I have a full bladder feeling I can actually get up and go to the bathroom with NO leakage. With out the full bladder feeling I leak immediately. Also There is no change when standing or walking. I leak like crazy. One thing that I would like to have changed is, before the operation, I was informed what exactly to expect when it came to "incontinent". It is a lot more then just a little leakage, which was my impression. It would have been easier to take had I been informed how much I would have leaked. Thank God for my wife and family, for it is there continued support and understanding that this ordeal is as bearable as it.