I’ve had an interesting year. I took a planned early retirement during the first set of lockdowns and I’ve settled into some sort of retired life, obviously none of the freedoms that I was looking forward to really, and no leaving celebration!
This autumn, I decided something was probably amiss with my prostate, so I went to get it checked out. That has been an interesting journey because I had to have a catheter fitted, then have a biopsy, then I’ve had trouble after the biopsy and I’ve had to have a catheter again. I’m now on meds and I have to self-catheterise for the next several months. I’m hoping that as the meds do their job, I’ll be able to ditch the catheters.
- Being able to pee is one of life’s real, real basics. Value it.
I can honestly tell you that when the catheter first went in, I was like a 90-year-old. OMG. This is not life!
The idea of escaping the f**** catheter by inserting one yourself a couple of times a day didn’t appeal any more than it being inserted by the rather stout male nurse who got the first one in. However, I can do it and they are honestly easy to do (and not uncomfortable). I don’t know how the nurse managed to make such a meal of it.
The @Spinal guys on here who have difficulty with peeing and pooing get my respect: life does seem like it is at an end. But once you get into the swing, life is much better.
- We need to value the real, real basics of life. These appear to me to be health, good shelter, warmth, food on the table, people we love
and the ability to pee!
The year ahead is going to be tough to start with but I see better times ahead.