Bruce went to his doctor today for a check up on the new catheter. Prior to this catheter, the doctor had ordered an intermittent or what I hear the nurses call, ""straight cath" It is not left in and the doctor feels that bacteria has less of a chance to colonize....I just read a paper that states that 80%-100% of those with permanent caths will become infected within two weeks of placement. My question is:
Those of you who have, or have mates who have permanent catheterizations; what has been your experience with UTI's ? and what sort of preventative measures do you use?
I feel very guilty that B still has the permanent cath. I asked him which one he wanted and he said , "Not this one" Well with all my happiness I told him that was a good idea then I'm not poking and prodding...and plus we'll boht get some sleep! etc...Then I asked, "wait did you say "not this one" or "this one"?" He said not this one stay in, but when we got to Dr.x he told him to leave it in....thats when dr. told us of the horrors........!!! I fear that B changed his mind for me....and though most of him is met with apathy, there are moments when he considers me....I fear these are one of those moments!
He has been so healthy I want to keep him this way!
Tell me what ya'll do to keep it clean!