- When you are taking pain pills, it's important for both the care recipient and the caregiver to know when they are due, and when they have been given. It's easy to forget what time of night (e.g., 2:30 a.m.) you had the last dosage!
- The literature, handed out by the Cancer Assessment Centre, is fabulous. READ IT ALL! Twice!
|Day time catheter bag, straps to the leg.|
It holds about 300ml.
- Put in post-its as page markers for those pages/lists you want to come back to: pages for writing down the medicines you have taken, specific symptoms to watch our for, and the 'how-to' pages (e.g., how to change a catheter). It's harder than it looks!
- When changing the catheter, I find it best to sit in a chair, while hubby stands up. I also use a pee bottle, with a handle, in which to drain the urine. It's much easier than trying to aim for the toilet! Problem is, you need two hands to untwist the blue emptying spout. You twist the blue part, and have to hold onto the top of the portal. It's tricky! I hold the pee bottle between my knees, then I can us both hands. REMEMBER: You should go to the bathroom first, before you empty the bag! Otherwise, there is a sense of urgency!
|Buy adult briefs for after the catheter is out!|
The squeeze bottle is to hold the vinegar solution,
with which you rinse the catheter bag.
|Night time catheter bag hold more urine (2L)|
and can be tied or hung off the edge of
a garbage can, with a book for weight in the bottom.
I'm finding that Buster the cat has been terrific, aside from the time that he jumped on hubby's stomach.
Buster bought hubby flowers, he really was sorry! A pillow on his stomach has helped.
|Hubby and his cat-sitter|
|Buster is fascinated with the bandages!|