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Learning to pee again; Learning to urinate

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Old 05-01-2013, 04:49 PM   #1
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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.

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Old 06-21-2013, 12:14 PM   #2
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Re: Learning to pee again; Learning to urinate

I have the same issue. But forcing myself to pee causes my varicoceles (veins on my testicles to swell) It started recently. Now my perineum (area between the anus and crotch) to swell. I swell every day. But you described it well and I will try your suggestion!

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