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The Dreaded Twisted Catheter

While hospitalized for my total knee replacement, an episode occurred which had me in a different state of mind. Here’s what happened….

After surgery, I was connected to a catheter. One day I suddenly started feeling like I was getting ‘backed up’. I pushed the call button for assistance since I thought something was wrong with my catheter. After all, it should just flow like the wind into the trees. It wasn’t.

An orderly (I think that’s what she was) answered my call. When I told her that I thought something was wrong with my catheter, she took a look at it and told me it was ok. She left.

My bladder was extending itself and I was in pain. I pushed the call button again (I couldn’t see the catheter tubes leading to the collection bag). More than five minutes went by, my pain increased. Then, at just the precise moment of my heightened discomfort – in came my physical therapist.

She asked how I was doing. A common question that usually elicits a response of “ok”, I am sure. However, I was hanging onto the Jane bar, crying for help. When she asked that question, I must have given her more expletives than the U.S. Armed Forces could use. I don’t remember. I just know that she ran to get the nurse. The nurses came within minutes and….what do you know….there was a twist in my catheter tube.

The nurses unraveled my tube and the liquid was flowing. In fact, it was flowing so fast….a crowd gathered to admire my ‘collection’. One liter jar, then another….

“Man, you really did have to go,” the nurse said. What an understatement. 🙂

I asked to have the catheter removed after that discomforting episode. I wasn’t going to take the chance of it happening again. So…bring on the bed pan…That’s another chapter. 🙂

End of the dreaded twisted catheter story.

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