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John Davis

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  1. As I continue to experiment, I now am checking out the Abena Premium Slip Premium and the Incontrol Active Air. Previously I checked out the Semi Super Quatro and found it to be acceptable. The Incontrol Active Air has an ISO of 4350 (size XL) and lists a "capacity" of 4200 ml in size Medium ( am wearing size L. The Abena. lists a "total absorbency" of 4320 ml. So, the two are reasonably similar in terms of capacity. The Abena has a very thin breathable shell - so thin that it feels 'flimsy" to me (recall that I am used to the MegaMax Air) but it has performed adequately so far. The Incontrol Active Air does have a front taping panel, but it seems softer to me than that used on the MegaMax Airlock and did not cause irritation at the top of the diaper after I folded the excess inside. I should note that I am evaluating these diapers for daytime wear. At night I will continue to wear my BetterDry plastic-shell diapers (with a booster pad). --John
  2. Welcome jbond. I share your desire for privacy but this site is the exception as it allows us to share and/or vent. We learn a lot from each other. --John
  3. After a rash developed under a skin fold, I have included a breathable diaper in my daily "ensemble." A major factor in my search for a breathable diaper has been to find one that does NOT have a front plastic taping panel. If it has such a plastic panel, it causes irritation after I fold the unused plastic back inside the waist. After some experimentation I have been using the Northshore Care Megamax Air that I regard as possibly the best breathable diaper on the market.🙂 However, following the general trend of diaper manufacturers of premium diapers to add a landing zone panel, Northshore Care now offers the Megamax AirLock with the plastic panel and has dropped the Megamax Air completely.😱 To replace the Megamax Air, I currently am trying the Seni Super Quatro. Is there another quality breathable without the plastic panel? It needs to have a respectable absorbent capacity. --John
  4. Like Scarth, I think it is a good idea, but, as I change myself I could not use them. --John
  5. Of course. If I were not incontinent I would not be wearing diapers. However, as I am incontinent I am very grateful to have them. --John
  6. This has been interesting. Once I tape on my diaper it stays on - period. I do not untape and retape the diaper. Back when I tried to pee in the toilet, I would pull my penis under a leg gather rather than untaping the diaper. When I started this topic I underestimated the percentage of incontinents who untape and retape their diapers in order to use the toilet. --John
  7. I have been incontinent for about 10 years. I am fully accepting of my incontinence and not ashamed of it. I'm not a "diaper lover" per se, but I fully appreciate and value what a good diaper does for me. I like to say think how difficult life would be without them. If being a DL helps anyone to better cope with their incontinence then I support that. --John
  8. There has been a trend for premium diapers to feature front plastic panels or “landing zones” for taping. The rationale is that the plastic panel permits numerous secure re-tapings. Do you need to retape your diaper several times to get it on right? This probably is something that applies more to diaper newbies. Do you untape your diaper to pee and then tape it back up? Personally, I hate them. I don’t really need plastic panel as I don’t remove my diaper to pee and I never get the tapes wrong when I put the diaper on. Diapers with landing zones do not have lower tapes that are low enough to permit a snug fit around the legs.😕 However, my biggest reason is that once I fold the extra diaper plastic inside the waistband, the folded front plastic panel causes irritation at my waistline, sometimes leading to a rash.😱 —John
  9. If you pee in your diaper at night, do you wake up? If you do not fully wake up, are you half-way aware of what is happening or do you completely sleep through the urination? Do you deliberately pee in your diaper at night? I do both. Sometimes I am completely unaware that I have peed. At other times I am unaware that I have started peeing and wake up when I sense the pee running down my thighs. More often I am aware of what has happened and then fall back asleep. I must admit that sometimes I wake up needing to pee, just do it in my diaper and fall asleep again. If I get up and go to the toilet, I usually will not be able to get back to sleep. I discussed this with my urologist and he agreed that sleep was the priority.🙂 —John
  10. I believe zzyzx is correct. There is more public awareness of nocturnal enuresis today and, while the stigma persists, it seems not to be so bad as it was years ago. --John
  11. So true. No modesty at all. But, when you are that ill, modesty is the least of your concerns. Unfortunately, those who really need our "diaper tutorials" are the hospital administrators who make the buying decisions for the hospital, not the nurses and aides. I would never expect a hospital to buy premium diapers but would hope they at least would improve on what they usually offer. --John
  12. I brought my own diapers - BetterDry and Megamax. As I was badly fevered, I had assistance from my nurse to put the diaper on while standing leaning against a wall. I think it was the first time she had seen a diaper changed that way. Later I just changed myself unassisted. As I recovered I was able to point out the benefits of a good diaper. --John
  13. Do you have problems with any of your diaper tapes popping? I was looking at some old notes from about nine years ago and found that I had serious problems with tapes popping off. The cure was simple. I merely reinforced the tapes with a thin strip of commercial duct tape. Problem solved. However, at some point (about 4 years ago?) I no longer felt the need to reinforce the tapes as I realized that they were sticking much better. As I no longer wore my original brand of diapers it is difficult to make comparisons but I think tapes definitely have improved. In some cases the tape itself is larger. In others I think the adhesive is stronger. Even the mechanical hook-and-loop fasteners work great (these are not the fabric velcro-type). So, what do you think? --John
  14. As those of us on this forum are medically incontinent, I assume that everyone has taken steps to protect their mattresses. However, have you done anything to protect your other furniture, sofas, padded chairs, etc. from a leak? I have gone partway by protecting my most used furniture. I have a washable chair pad on my recliner and on my chair at the dinner table. The fabric of these pads almost matches the fabric of my chairs and so are not very noticeable to the casual visitor. As I usually wear plastic pants over my diaper at home, leaks are uncommon. I recall only one leak onto a chair in the past five years.🙂 What about you guys? Am I a little OC with this? —John
  15. About a year ago I read a report that the cost of the average hospital diaper was $.48. 😱 Of course, buying in such bulk will markedly lower prices but, you get what you pay for. And, of course, it suggests that the hospital was more concerned with saving money than patient comfort. --John
  16. Good points all. However, do note that a thicker diaper is not necessarily more absorbent than a thin one. If two diapers have the same absorbency I will select the thicker one as it probably has more fluff pulp that will help wicking. --John
  17. Kit, agreed. The Semi Quatro is a great diaper and stretches less than most breathable diapers I have tested. --John
  18. By the time we have saturated our diapers to near their maximum useable capacity, it does not matter much whether they began as thick or thin. If the maximum absorbent capacity is the same, the bulge will be about the same. Frankly, I prefer a thicker diaper with more fluff pulp mixed in with the SAP to permit some wicking. However, that is disappearing from the marketplace as the general public prefers a thin diaper. There is an economic incentive for manufacturers to make thinner diapers as more can be shipped in the same container for reduced transportation costs. --John
  19. Slomo, you are fortunate to have found a urologist who cares and has some interest in incontinence management. And good for you for educating your doctor about management. My urologist is a good practitioner, but has zero interest in managing, vice curing, incontinence. In contrast, my SCI rehab doc has shown such a great interest in the management aspects that I regularly have a "show and tell" session with her at the end of my appointment. When I showed her a Megamax she asked whether she could keep it to show the other docs. We similarly discuss enema equipment, etc. As a SCI rehab specialist, she is into the practical side of diapers, laxatives, enemas (now commonly called "irrigation"), enema gear, etc. (more than any other physician I have met). Bowel management is a critical health issue for quads, paras, and many others with severe spinal trauma. --John
  20. While I usually wear the Northshore Care Trifecta or Garywear Active pants, I have worn (and still own) several pairs of the Kins breathable waterproof pants and have found them to be quite good. I avoid non-breathable vinyl pants in hot weather. --John
  21. I think it important to note that our ability to help and influence other incontinents is not limited just to those who are members with us here on incont.org. A far greater number of ICs will read our postings as the result of a Google (or other search engine) search. --John
  22. Iken, you were very fortunate to have the college be so accommodating. --John
  23. Slomo, you had it really rough in college. The stress must have been terrible. --John
  24. You have tried the main brands of absorbent reusable underwear. You will do better by using a good disposable pull-up such as the NorthShore Care GoSupremes. If you can use the toilet and not the pull-up, you can wear it for several days. Another option for you is to wear a pair of plastic pants on top to catch any leaks. Like you, I tried reusable underwear in several brands and found that it did not have enough capacity. I then tried pull-ups but eventually had to go to tabbed diapers that have served me very well. Hopefully you will not need to move up to diapers. Good luck. --John
  25. I have mentioned elsewhere something I think should be mentioned here. "Airing out" is a big help to avoid rashes. When time permits, I air out after my shower by sitting on an open diaper or a cloth booster pad for my cloth diapers, just in case... However when time is at a premium, to speed up the airing out process the best method is to use a hair dryer on the "cool" air setting. This way it requires only minutes and is very effective. Your wife or female partner may not want you to borrow hers all the time, so just get your own. The most inexpensive one will do a great job. The smaller "travel" version is more than adequate and will fold up to require less storage space.🙂 --John
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