Post by chairmanbradley on Feb 28, 2018 18:54:16 GMT -8
I've been a paraplegic for the past 40 years. My injury was due to a car accident. The massive injuries resulted in the removal of my spleen. I've endured many a bladder infection and UTI as well as bladder and kidney stones. In my twenties, I made some extremely stupid mistakes, including enduring chronic UTIs without asking if they could be caused by kidney/bladder stones. And, to make things worse, when taking antibiotics for these infections, I would stop taking the pills when I began feeling better, which resulted in my body quickly building up a tolerance to almost ALL antibiotics.
Now, I'm in my mid 40's, and I try to take care of my urinary health. My injury makes it necessary to catheterize myself 7 or 8 times a day. Having used catheters for the past 40 years my body became used to a semi-regular urination. Somehow, I am able to go for several hours without any sign of a leak, even with vigorous activity. Autonomic dysreflexia has been my friend, by providing a type of sensation that alerts me to the need to urinate.
Now, my body has become resistant to all antibiotics except for two that are administered twice a day for a week through IV and Cipro. I have recently been experiencing some of the symptoms of an infection: incontinence, sudden urge to urinate, urinating only slightly when catheterizing. Normally, when I'm bathrooming I expel between 6 to 20 ounces, now I'm barely going an ounce.
What is going to happen when my body eventually become resistant to all antibiotics and I contract a urinary infection? Without a spleen and any antibiotics to fight off the infection I have to rely solely on white blood cells?
I try to drink between 40 to 64 ounces of water per day and one cup of coffee (gotta have it!). And my diet is pretty healthy compared to most Americans, as I rarely eat fast food, and rarely drink soda (although I do miss soda soooo much!) What can I do to better defend my body from urinary infections?
Since the development of this infection, I've become extremely incontinent which has forced me to wear adult incontinence briefs (I hate using the "d" word.). I'm using Prevail which has a paper exterior (feels like cloth), an elastic waistband that also feels like cloth. I'm finding that even though I'm using adult briefs with a high absorbency that I'm still leaking - primarily around the legs and the waistband. The waistband is the worse of the two areas as somehow the urine soaks through the waistband of my work slacks, I've been trying to mask any chance of the odor wafting out to my coworkers by spritzing the damp areas with Fabreeze. I'm wondering what anyone who's in a similar situation does.
1. I find myself considering the idea of changing my briefs during my lunch break at work, but I can only imagine how difficult it would be to do that. And the noises that would be coming from the handicap stall as I changed. (I'm using briefs that are pull up, so I'd have to take off all my clothes from the waist down to change, which again would be extremely awkward in the handicap stall at work.)
2. For the guys out there that need to wear adult incontinent briefs, what brand and type do you find block odor, absorb the most urine, and block the urine from riding up to the top of the waistband?
I appreciate you're reading this far, and I appreciate any and all input anyone will provide.