A couple of weeks ago my urologist told me I didn’t need to wear the leg bag with my catheter anymore – if I didn’t want to. I wrote about this in my article – I Haven’t Really Need This Leg Bag! At first I felt a bit like “I wish I’d known this 3 months ago!” But as it turns out, I couldn’t have gone bag-less any earlier because I was being prepped for my antegrade-retrograde urethrogram (read about that here - Results Of My Combined Antegrade And Retrograde Urethrogram), during which time my bladder and urethra had to be resting for 3 months. This apparently makes for a much more accurate picture of the stricture length and location.
But now that they have done the urethrogram and pinpointed the details of the stricture (small, thanks goodness!), I can go bag-less every day. However, even after a couple of weeks I still have to go every hour.
So I’ve been wondering if I should be holding it for longer, trying to push through the discomfort of the urge to pee for longer and longer, in order to retrain my bladder to hold onto the pee for the normal 4 hours. My hunch appears to have been right, according to the below article. Basically, you have to inform your bladder that YOU are the boss, not IT. As it turns out, that’s not entirely true. I’m bending to my bladder’s will…eventually. But I was able to get up to 90 minutes a few times yesterday. So maybe it’s working.
Anyway, here is the article I refer to: http://www.bladderandbowelfoundation.org/bladder/bladder-problems/bladder-retraining.asp