Learning to pee again; Learning to urinate
Learning to Pee Again
This is going to be TMI (Too Much Information) but it might be helpful to someone else out there. I had a Foley catheter in for about 20 hours. After it came out, the nurse told me I had 3 to 5 hours to “produce” urine or I had to get another catheter. I wanted to go home so I drank water and fruit juice. In twenty minutes (or so) I got the urge and hobbled on down to the comfort room.
I couldn’t urinate into the urinal. I had to learn how to pee again. I’ve never thought about it before, but urination is a complex act. Something down there seems to relax, to let go, to allow urine flow. Another muscle seems to tense to provide pressure. A third muscle (???) – perhaps it is the first muscle mentioned here and not a third muscle – tenses up to stop flow. I don’t know if you have this trouble but sometimes when sleeping, I dream about going pee. I feel that first muscle relax. Then panic (or training) sets in and I realize I am about to pee the bed. The pressure stops and something clamps down on the urine flow.
Something like that “reflex” stopped my urine flow before it got anywhere. So, I gave up at the urinal and went to the toilet. Sat down. Thought happy thoughts. Eventually, by allowing this process to see-saw a few times, I was able to produce urine. It wasn’t much but it was enough to tell the nurse about. I got to go home.
Thinking about it, this see-saw of start/stop is what I felt going on when I was catheterized. I couldn’t see the bag, but I am fairly certain that my bladder was misbehaving in this way while I was on my back in the hospital. Especially when (TMI) I had a partial erection or was embarrassed that I might have an erection when the nurse came in.
My first day home was a bit of a trial. Failure to urinate can be serious. This wasn’t failure but it was frustrating. I was peeing in amounts that wouldn’t fill a teaspoon. It got the job done but it took forever. Eventually, however, the see-saw of muscle spasms relaxed and I began peeing in incrementally larger quantities. And now? I am proud (!) to say that I can pee like a man again.
I hope this helps.
Last edited by AlohaJoe; 05-01-2013 at 05:55 PM.
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