Catheter Won't Enter
Posted 25 September 2009 - 02:09 PM
Posted 25 September 2009 - 09:55 PM
Same here. Sitting a little foreward in the chair is the best way to get it in. Then, when it hits the sphincter, hold it down until it eventually goes in. At times I even take it out just a bit, once it hits the wall, then put it back again. For some reason the second pass opens the muscle.
I was told there is a bend into the bladder, so sitting takes a bit longer. Once you get the hang of it though, it's not such a big deal.
Posted 26 September 2009 - 11:59 AM
Don't forget they have to be wet to slip, that bend is where your ... prostate is.
I use coated SIC. I know some use dry SIC and you have to lubricate them with a gel.
It's also advisable to inspect the end befor insurtion...damage can go unnoticed
I damage mine sometimes because I tend to bend and roll them, or they get bent and rolled just through roughly throwing things where it is. If that makes sence
Posted 30 September 2009 - 11:33 AM
Lately I've had problems with cathing from my chair. When seated upright I can't always get the catheter to go in and it starts bending back on me I guess at the sphincter. I am forced to tilt way back to get it finally go in. I have no problem while laying down in bed stretched out. Is there something I am missing? Is the bladder bent, disallowing the catheter until I straighten it? Is this a common problem? Male, T12 complete, motorized chair with tilt,recline, etc. due to unrelated pain injury. Any help appreciated. Thanks, Steve
Your cath tip might also present a problem. I can't get the nelaton ones in at all so I use Tiemann tipped cath's which have a slight bend at the end that helps them open the spinchter. If it ever jams I just tilt my head back, take a few breaths and try again, usually works. You could also try coughing, I've heard that works.