Catheter’s, Bed Rest, and Flooded Basements

When it rains, it pours. Literally. I’ve also heard that bad things come in 3’s. I will attest to that this week. The first being my unexpected surgery. The second, my sister, brother in-law and 2 nephews came down with the flu. Third, rain and snow for Mother’s Day, which resulted in a flooded basement.

Good grief, this week isn’t my favorite by a long shot. I can’t even help with the basement, as I am limited with what I can do because I have the Foley Catheter. Whoever invented catheter’s is horrible. I can’t get comfortable. I feel the need to pee constantly. Apparently I am as the evidence shows I am filling up my pee bag. I am getting no relieve. The meds they have me on make me confused and I don’t feel like I”m going my part as a wife, mother, daughter, co-worker and friend.

It’s hard to be out for a while. I also never realized how much I took using a toilet for granted. This isn’t fun. People who have long-term caths are incredibly strong. I hate this so much. I think I would rather have paper cuts on my eyes than a catheter.

Getting around takes at least 3 times as long for me. Since it’s snowing and cold out, I need to wear pants. Pants are hard to wear with a cath. Such an ordeal just to get dressed. The pulling, ugh the pulling on my bladder is the worst! I may have said this before, but I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy.

I just want to heal. I want to go back to work. I want to be a useful wife and mother. I feel like I’m a lazy sack of potatoes. I’m so used to being the caretaker, which makes me a terrible patient. I always want to be on the go, and when I can’t I get extremely depressed.

Did I mention that I hate catheter’s? Because in case that wasn’t crystal clear this is the WORST!!!! It’s very invasive. We take health for granted and notice how good we had it, once we are no longer well. I hope this unexpected surgery doesn’t cause permanent damage. I hope my bladder will be stronger after this is all over. I will be stoked for the day I can pee on the toilet again.

I also hope there isn’t too much damage in our basement. Since I’m just useless in bed, I have no idea what’s going on down there. I guess we are all due some exciting, happy moments in the near future.

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