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  1. Yes, it was an issue and I arrived with a soggy diaper. 🙁 Not a problem. Just take a spare diaper with you. —John
  2. I’m with Slomo re a diagnosis of OAB. You need more specific information but often your urologist just doesn’t know. I’m in the same boat. I saw my urologist yesterday about the same issues. —John
  3. Wow Brian, but that’s so complicated. Very best wishes. I hope everything comes out ok😊 —John
  4. Slomo, I'm glad everything came out ok.😱 I fully agree re vague or inaccurate instructions. I have received conflicting instructions. As I have nerve damage to the anal sphincters, I have only limited sphincter control. Any prep is a nightmare of continuous bowel accidents (in the diaper of course). It is so bad I am debating not having another colonoscopy. When I mentioned this to my gastroenterologist, he understood and, to my surprise, did not argue the point. --John
  5. Chestnut, my nightmare would be to have a fecal accident in public and not be able to immediately change. I have agonized during foreign travel about situations that could trap me in such a situation -like a small tour group in a van.😱 --John
  6. For diaper covers, I prefer either the Gary Activewear or the NorthShore Care Trifecta covers. Both are breathable. However, should I anticipate being in a public situation when I think I am at a high risk of a fecal accident, I will wear a rubber cover for better odor containment. --John
  7. I have read that part of acupuncture and similar treatments involves the placebo effect. Those who expect the treatment to work generally find more positive results. I expect that would apply to snake oil as well. Similarly, skeptics are less likely to be satisfied with the results. --John
  8. I usually wear a BetterDry diaper (ISO 5,300 ml) with a BoostUps booster (max absorbency 1L). I wear a cotton pullup over the diaper, then usually PUL diaper cover. I drink about 90+ oz per day. I usually take a nap in the afternoon and that changes my body position for diaper absorbency (uses most of the rear part of the diaper). I use 3 primary diapers per day and a disposable pullup or cheap diaper as an "in-between" diaper to fill the gap between major changes. --John
  9. Iken, you are fortunate to be able to make it through an entire day on one diaper. --John
  10. Dan, good point and I have heard the same. Guys often jokingly mention the issue without ever mentioning incontinence directly. --John
  11. It has been said that all men will have prostate problems if they live long enough. -John
  12. I suspect that El Chancho (pig) is correct that discussions of incontinence for men arise only in conjection with a discussion of prostate problems. Many women assume a risk of leaking problems after childbirth. --John
  13. Good luck. You are fortunate to have gone 5 years with an indwelling catheter and no UTIs. --John
  14. Do you ever hear anyone discussing incontinence? Surveys indicate that incontinence is fairly common but it seems that very few are willing to mention it. I live in a retirement community where demographics suggest that a high percentage of the residents must be incontinent. Nonetheless, no one - absolutely no one - has discussed it. Not only has no one "fessed up" to being incontinent, but no one has brought up the topic as affecting others. Have you encountered any discussions of the problem? --John
  15. It now is a few days after my acupuncture. I have not detected any changes to my incontinence. I may try acupuncture again, but with a different practitioner. --John
  16. Dan, a thin cotton pullup over the diaper and under the plastic pants catches any overflow from the diaper. Cotton will wick extremely well and prevents having a "pool" of pee in the plastic pants if the diaper leaks.🙂 The extra bulk is negligible. I usually wear BetterDry with a BoostUps or NorthShore booster. However, like Iken, for long car trips I usually put on a Megamax with a BoostUps booster pad. I do add a thicker cloth pullup over that (plus plastic pants) --John
  17. Interesting how long Slomo and Iken are able to last without a change. I stay well hydrated and am a heavy wetter. I usually need to change at about 6 hours and rarely risk going longer than 7 ½ hours. However, on long car trips if I "diaper heavy" I usually can last for 12 hours. Otherwise my changing habits are similar to Scarth. --John
  18. How do you guys/gals diaper up? Do you plan for the easiest diaper change or to stretch out the time between changes to the max? For me, an "easy" diaper change would be to wear only the diaper with no other layers on top (cloth pullups or plastic pants) that would make a change difficult. The idea is to avoid having to remove shoes and trousers in order to change. Of course, this choice runs the risk of a leaky diaper wetting outer clothing. I usually maximize the time between changes. To stretch out the time between changes I wear a premium tabbed diaper with a booster, a thin cloth pullup to catch leaks, and then plastic pants on top. I also wear a onesie to help support the diaper. This combination makes it very difficult for me to change without having to remove my shoes and trousers.🙁 Of course, some of you probably are more agile than I am. So, how do you optimize your diapering? --John
  19. Yesterday I received acupuncture from a local Chinese doctor who practices traditional Chinese medicine. I went for acupuncture to see whether it would help with the pain from my lower back. I have read that quite a few people have had success with this and Medicare even covers a limited number of sessions. Both my PCP and my SCI rehab doc approved of trying acupuncture. I have no previous experience with acupuncture or Chinese medicine. After the doctor debriefed me regarding my health and issues, he seemed to focus on my incontinence as well as my back. I did not expect this. Some of his needling was supposed to help my incontinence (his English was very poor so I was not able to get any detailed information on this). The session went well and with almost no discomfort. He surprised me by using electrostimulation via acupuncture needles in my back. It was like IFC TENS on steroid!! I cannot claim any change in my incontinence habits (yet). Has anyone else had any experience with acupuncture for incontinence? --John
  20. That is a large part of my reason for experimentation. Too many times my go-to diaper has changed or been taken off the market. --John
  21. I am so frustrated by medical practitioners who refuse to use the word "Diaper," claiming that it is humiliating for their patients. As Slomo indicated, it feeds the continuing stigma. If we cannot educate the doctors, how will we educate the general public? In many rehab and assisted living facilities the staff are prohibited from using the word "diaper." Too many people still feel that being identified with wearing a "diaper" means that they have lost their adulthood or maturity and somehow have reverted to being infantile. --John
  22. We talk about the need to be fully accepting of our incontinence in order to manage it most effectively. I have said that one of many indicators of “full acceptance” is the ability to use the dreaded “D” word - “Diaper.” Can you call it a “diaper” rather than “absorbent garment?” Of course, if you are in the UK, substitute the word “nappy.” Of course, this applies mostly to newly or recently incontinents. So, what does “full acceptance” mean to you? —John
  23. Are you experimenting with managing your incontinence? Are you reading and still testing new procedures, products and combinations of products? I think it important to always be checking out new things (products or procedures) that may help us. This is true even for those of us who may have been incontinent for a long time. I have been wearing diapers for about 10 years and had bowel incontinence issues for longer than that. I scan articles and newsgroups about incontinence and related products. I still find new things that help me. Even small things count. We may find sometihng new that works better for us. However, I suggest that, more importantly, being proactive in this manner can be very beneficial for our mental and emotional health. Asserting ourselves in this manner keeps us in control (insomuch as may be possible) of our incontinence. That is good for our emotional well-being. Our emotional health is as important as our physical health. What about you guys - what do you think? —John
  24. I usually am around seniors. Fortunately most of them have lost some hearing.🙂 I have been incontinent and wearing diapers for a fairly long time - about 10 years. The thought of others hearing my diaper noise concerns me, it does not worry me as much as it used to. --John
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