Let’s just start off with, it was an awkward appointment for sure.
This was for the Urodynamic Testing (UDS) – testing the function for the bladder. I was supposed to come with a FULL bladder (drink about 3 – 12 ounce glasses). I got there early, already had to pee and knew I could not hold it. 😩
After about 20-25 minutes the technician called me back and took me to the exam room. I had to undress from the waist down. She told me all that was going to happen. She stepped out and on her way she asked me to sit in this weird chair and pee into a bucket to test the flow. 😳
The chair is then raised up so she can insert a catheter in my whoohaa (to fill the bladder) and in my butt to measure the rectum pressure when you pee. Also, sensors are taped to your leg and butt. I never knew your butt controlled the bladder pressure. 😐
Oh and she strapped this power pack to my leg that goes to the catheters to measure stuff so it’s recording on the computer next to the chair. 🖥
She started to fill my bladder with water. I had to tell her when I felt the urge, when I was looking for a bathroom and when I’d be knocking on the door to tell people to get out of the bathroom so I could go. I also had to cough in between filling and push like I was trying to have a bowel movement to see if I had leakage. Thank gosh I didn’t pooo everywhere! 💩
I guess I have bladder spasms that trick me to think I have to go, they subside some and then I feel like I really have to go. I think she said she gave me 400ccs but I really don’t remember. I think the average bladder can hold 13-20 fluid oz. 💦
She unhooked the sensors and took out the butt catheter and unstuck the sensors from my leg and but. I then had to empty my bladder by peeing into the bucket again to measure how much I released. I am not sure how much I peed out as some missed the bucket. 😬
She came back in and had to empty my bladder with this syringe thing and records what was left over in my bladder. 📈📉
She gave me this AZO cranberry caplets to help with possibly burning with peeing today. She said to drink lots of water to flush kidneys and bladder. So far, I’ve had minimal pain and only a little blood which is to be expected. 🚽
All in all the appointment was uncomfortable but pretty quick. I get results next week and grateful that we should have plan on moving forward. 👏🏼
I’m full of gratitude for my support system that I have in my life whether they are just here for me by posting positive thoughts or with me personally day to day.
I thank my lovey who was at work but texting before telling me I’d be okay and after saying now a plan can be set up. 💖
My sissy who lightened the catheter in my butt tracking the pressure used by jokingly saying you’re butthole has a record now! 😂