Mar 29, 2004 - 12:20 pm
I am about 45 days past my Radical Prostectomy and am feeling pretty good every day, except for the daily incontinence condition. I think it is getting a little better but it's hard to judge my progress. I have been doing the Kegel exercises on a consistent basis; I think it's helping, if I have identified the correct muscles.
My problem is finding an incontinence pad that will keep you dry past a couple of hours. I have tried several different types and most of them have failed to work well.
First, I tried the pads with the adhesive strip that goes inside you regular briefs underwear. They only last about a couple hours, then developed seepage in the lower seams, thus soiling you clothing, especially if you are slow to change it out for a new one.
Then I tried the full-briefs style in which one brand (Depends) worked well. No seepage after wearing them for more than two hours and all night while sleeping. I think the extra stitching along the edges helped.
But the Depends are expensive (about 58 cents each) and I tried a warehouse club band that was cheaper (38 cents each) and you get more. They are also briefs style. Again I was disappointed by the leakage and soiled clothing after wearing them for awhile.
Now I'm about to order an external catherer setup with a sheath for the penis, connecting tube and a leg bag. Maybe that will work okay. I'm getting frustrated dealing the pads each day.
I'm also going to returning to work in about two weeks and would like some ideas or success stories on handling incontinence in the office. I work in large office with about 100 people and have to attend a couple of meetings each day. I'm concerned with leakage, not being to change the pad soon enough and disposal. Luckily, I do have my own office. Men's bathrooms are just not setup for pads or briefs disposal.
Prostate cancer and post incontinence has been my biggest challenge in life thus far. But I'm glad I was caught early with a PSA of 3.74 and Gleason 8.
I would be happy to hear any ideas or stories on dealing with incontinence in the workplace. Is the leg bag setup the right way to go? Thanks in advance for any comments.