The Long-term Care for Indwelling Catheters Requiring Frequent Flushing
This post is from a man generously sharing his insights and experience about indwelling catheters.
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ps. Thanks Claude for this!
The people who are wearing permanent indwelling urine bladder catheters all face inevitable clogging of these catheters by the calcium in their urine being coagulated by bacteria which binds it into clusters like grains of sand, then continues building these over the inside of the catheter and over the balloon in the bladder that prevents the removal of the catheter due to the hard deposit. I have had three excruciating removals, two of which were finished in surgery under general anesthesia and hospital recovery.
In the first one, the catheter was removed from my penis and placed in my abdomen. Placed just above the pubic bone, it is referred to as "Suprapubic." It is far less painful and harmful to my prostate, as the one through my urethra injured the prostate with every step and replacement from the abrasion.
In the course of my experience I've searched many places for solutions that at least lengthen the period between replacement. Oddly, I guess, the most information comes from para and quadriplegic people who wear these for life.
One excellent forum is here . . .
This search finds more . . .
Another helpful group is those with bladder infections who wear catheters and must flush their bladder to control infection. . . .
A good one . . .
In my own case the constant control of the bacteria requires daily flushes of antibacterial material to lower the infection, plus lots of water that washes out vital nutrients.
In the Cystitis groups I discovered D-Mannose usually taken by mouth, but I have added it to my flush routine.
For the flush I have tried diluted 3% hydrogen peroxide to 1% but it damages my bladder. At 1/2% it is less damaging, but not very antibacterial. I added a teaspoon of common baking soda(Sodium Bisulfate) to the H2O2 dilution and it buffered the damage some, and restored most of the antibacterial function. it still caused damage.
Then I ordered "George's Aloe Vera Distillate," a fractionated aloe from the inner gel of the best antibacterial aloe species known. It does fairly well, and leaves my bladder feeling well. When I discovered D-Mannose as a bladder bacterial flush for Cystitis I looked for any reason to not directly introduce it, found none and added it to the soda and aloe. It works very good, better than the hydrogen peroxide.
Maybe this helps those with long-term indwelling catheters.
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