Day 116

Free Willy 🐳

From New York to Salisbury district general. Not as glamorous but just as important, the catheter is finally out!

The source of the majority of my issues since the accident is finally gone. Eight tubes, three UTIs, two cystoscopys, one false passage and a flesh wound all in the space of 4 months. Good riddance is an understatement!

Today was to check that I could pass urine without the catheter as retention is a common issue with SCIs and can cause irreversible damage to the kidneys. After they removed it I had to hang around until I went to the loo just incase I couldn’t and the catheter had to go back in. I never thought I would be in a situation where there would be so much riding on a wee, but there I was, pleading out loud with mini Jacko to play ball. Thankfully he listened to me for once and after the bladder scan the consultant confirmed I was free to go.

Im free but I’m not out of the woods yet. I now have the challenge of retraining my bladder to full fitness as it’s returned to pre season out of shape after a looong, messy off season. It won’t be easy and will probably result in a few accidents so the next few weeks will be spent in striking distance of a toilette. A small price to pay to have the old boy back on his feet, the poor buggers been through the wars but he lives to fight another day. πŸ†πŸ’ͺ🏻

Although not commonly spoken about publicly, anyone suffering with an SCI will tell you that bladder and bowel issues are usually one of the hardest things to deal with both physically and mentally. Well they’re real and surprisingly common, however bad you think your situation is trust me there’s a thousand people the same or worse off. Many are working on improving their situation, others can only concentrate on managing them however in both cases, with practice and effort, things will improve. If your fighting the same issues just talk about it, it’s nothing to be embarrassed about and people understand, trust me, it works. ✌️

P.s. I also took the chance to pop up to the ward to meet Liam who i got chatting to the other day online. Top bloke who is blogging about his own road to recovery, follow @_liam8


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