Today is my catheter removal day. Couldn’t sleep last night in part because I really just wanted this damn thing out of me! Unfortunately, there are some things bothering me.
I had some minimal debris come out during the initial post-removal void (expected). However, what I didn’t expect was to feel like I was still working at urinating. My first one slow started and was slow the entire time. The second urination was like the first. Finally the third urination I’ve held in long enough to get a full bladder (600 ml). Even with that much i had a slow start to the stream and initial spraying. Once I got about mid-release I was able to kick my bladder up a notch and get the stream stronger, registering a 20 ml/s average on my at home uroflow test. I’ve also been having some bladder spasms, pain, and urge to go frequently.
I understand that the 20 ml/s is where you’d expect an average flow to be at. But the concern to me is that this is fully opened from the Foley. When I had my DVIU performed and Foley removed I was a fire hose registering likely around 40 ml/s and not feeling any back pressure at all. My hope is that either my bladder is a bit sleepy since it hasn’t had to work in 10 days, or the pressure is from all the swelling in that area and that my flow will go up. *sigh*
I played around with getting an erection and found that I, so far, am unable to get a full erection. It doesn’t get fully hard and it isn’t as long as it was (maybe 70-75% of it’s original size). I still appear to have sensitivity in my penis and my scrotum is still a bit painful, leathery and not sensitive. Oh, and I was able to nap without problem. Yay for that!
So bottom line, not the result I was hoping for, but perhaps this will all clear up and get better. And if not, 20 ml/s is technically good enough so there’s that.