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    going on a trip

    and i don't want to worry about cathing, what are my options?

    bill

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    What type of trip?

    Bilby,

    What kind of trip are you going on? If its an airflight, there have been posts that discussed several options. You might want to search for them.

    On air trips, if its under 3 hrs, I usually just dehydrate by not drinking fluids for about 4 hrs preflight and cathing at the airport before boarding. I once went on a 5 hr flight and didnt cath. I didn't drink on the flight but had brought my cath kit and a nontransparent bottle (clorox quart size works well)to cath just in case. Later I got a UTI and took antibiotics I had from my urologist.
    If you have even a slight UTI preflight, I wouldn't try this. UTIs bring on sweats and AD.

    I have heard others say that you can ask the flight attendant to empty a bottle. I always ask for a blanket when I first board because I get cold on planes but it serves as a privacy aid. I suppose you could suggest to the person sitting next to you that now might be a good time for them to stretch their legs. For their sake not yours.

    On trips in my van, I take a milk bottle with tubing placed through the cap, (punch an X cut and push the tubing through from the top so the plastic grips the tubing, also make a small hole for air to get out).

    I place the bottle inside a small plastic waste basket and the waste basket inside a Lord and Taylor shopping bag (or other opaque bag with handles). This keeps the bottle and tubing covered up and impresses hotel people. I cath in the van at rest areas rather than go in, remember to bring a small towel, lube & tissues.

    I have used tubing to cath down a storm drain in the corner of the lot if needed.

    Is an indwelling catheter and legbag an option? Still might want to watch the fluid intake so it doesn't overfill.


    I dont think Dr Young or KLD will recommend going longer than 5 hrs without planning to cath even if you have done it before you just dont know.

    I'm sur there are other suggestions.

    Where are you going? I went to Sedona and the Grand Canyon this spring and really enjoyed it. The helicopter flights are free for permanent mobility impairments. Call ahead if you go.

    Good luck

    Joe B

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    Foley catheter (5cc balloon) you can buy for $6.50 each, plus you need a leg bag ($5.50), which is usually limited to 800-1000 cc max capacity

    Or, if on a plane or in car, whiz in a ziploc and dispose of same.... (if on airplane,the flight attendant can get you behind a curtain for a little privacy... only takes a few minutes, but you have to be aware of the in-flight transfer when you get a seat assignment)

    Or, if you know your body can accommodate the process, use a condom catheter and leg bag... potential problems with glue can occur.... which (pardon pun) is somewhat of a pisser of a problem

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    Thanks for the advice guys. Are foley catheters hard to insert? How long do you keep them in? Do you have to flush them daily? I think that would be the best option. External catheters can come off, especially when your transfering on and off airplanes.

    I Flew before and used an external, but I was worried about the hardware the whole damn trip.

    Btw- I'm going to Las vegas.

    bill

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    Bilby, I was in Las Vegas for a week at the end of June-it's the greatest. I usually cath myself but I had my old lady insert a foley catheter in me and used a leg bag for the week. It was 100-109 degrees so I was slamming a lot of water. I would have been pissing every 45 minutes if I was cathing myself. Stayed at Treasure Island and went to all the casinos on the strip. Everything is quite accessible and new. However, a lot of blackjack dealers are hitting a "soft 17" and automatic shuffle machines are popping up everywhere. Avoid these two things if you can. There is some fine looking pussy there too!

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    travel and cathing

    Foley's are not any harder to insert than a straight cath...same procedure except you inflate a balloon that will keep it ancored in the bladder until deflated for removal. Our practice here is to change long term foley catheters monthly but you could keep it in just for the trip. Generally, foley's don't need flushing unless their is a problem and for short-term use, that shouldn't be the case. (SAH)

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    Hey billy, when are you going? Maybe I can drive over there for a day.
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    RDF- I'm going to be there from Febuary 18-21. I'm staying at Circus Circus hotel. You can show me where all the chicken ranches are, i'm sure you're an expert on the subject. hehe

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    Originally posted by bilby:

    Are foley catheters hard to insert?
    Nope. If you can cath, you can do the foley. All you have to do is insert it like a regular catheter, blow up the balloon with the 5cc of sterile saline, pull gently until it catches, and hook up the leg bag.

    Note: You'll likely have some mucous around your meatus from the catheter irritating the urethra. I don't know how long you can leave it in safely. I've only done it a couple times when my condom catheters didn't arrive or when I had irritation from the condom catheter that needed to heal.

    ~Rus

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    I'll take a day or two off and drive over there, maybe. I don't know where the cathouses are, lol, but I know where they are around reno, hehe.
    Who's going with you billy? Anybody? The circus circus is cool, love them trapeze girls, lol. Let me know before you take off, and I'll try to get over there. See ya
    -bob

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