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Recovery in Diapers 24/7 ....... duplicate post please follow link

John DavisJJohn Davis Posts: 18
edited 04/18/2014 - 8:15 PM in Recovering from Surgery
Hello all. I'm John Davis from Virginia.

Pardon me for reposting much of my introduction, but I am hoping to receive responses in this forum.

I had a severe rock climbing accident many years ago which fractured my back (incomplete) and broke my pelvis. After pelvic reconstruction I was paralyzed from the waist down and told that I probably would never walk again but I slowly regained basic mobility. I was left with a lot of pelvic trauma, trauma in my lower spine, and a lot of implanted surgical metal. With age, problems have arisen which are due to the old accident and spinal-related. I now am bowel and bladder incontinent, wearing diapers 24/7.

With doctors' approval, I take preventive enemas every morning so that I then can go about a normal day and get on with my life without fear of being publicly humiliated by a bowel accident.

My current worry is how to handle my enemas, diapers, and the recovery from a L3/L4/L5 fusion next month. I have a good surgeon and I am more concerned about the recovery period.

I will have a visiting nurse to help with my enemas for an unknown number of days after the surgery. As I am unsure how well I will be able to tolerate the enemas and pain post-surgery I surely will have to deal with messy (poopy) diapers.

My big concern is when I am on my own after the nurse no longer is available. Self-diapering requires a certain amount of twisting and reaching (these are taped adult diapers, not pull-ups, as pullups do not work well for bowel incontinence). Removing a messy diaper and cleaning oneself afterward will be even more difficult. Does anyone on this forum have some experience in this regard or can offer advice?

How long can I expect it to be until I can bend at the waist or twist to one side? Am I being overly anxious about this?

From my experience in recovery many years ago, I have purchased a reach extender (grabber), a bottom buddy for toilet functions, a dressing tool, and a sponge on a wand. Am I forgetting anything?

I am retired military. From my training I try to plan, prepare, rehearse, and execute. You will laugh, but I actually am practicing removing messy diapers without bending or twisting and getting them into a disposal bag that I can lift with the hook of my dressing tool. Then re-diapering without bending over. It is not as easy as it sounds.

Sorry for the TMI, but I hope to hear some suggestions.


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  • First, I would like to thank you for your service to our country. I can't offer you any advice on this since I have never been in your situation but I bet after your surgery and you're back home with you health nurse coming in to help you, I'm betting that he or she will know exactly what to tell you on how to handle your particular situation. It's what they do and I'm guessing he/she has run into and has had patients with your same needs. It has been my experience that worrying about something is more un-nerving & worse than the actual event. You situation may be a challenge, but being a veteran, you know challenges are meant to be met, dealt with and over come. And with all the preparation you are doing, I have no doubt in my mind that you are going to meet this challenge and whip its butt!!!

    One more thing, have you talked to your dr about your concerns? Or maybe even talking to a nurse would be better and would ease your mind a bit and answer some of your questions. Like I said, I bet they have dealt with this in the past and know exactly what to do and know what to tell you, so that you will be able to handle this yourself, when they are no longer making home visits. Oh, and don't ever worry about TMI, we can handle it lol. Sometimes the best way to say it is just to say it like it is ;-) Take care, John. I wish I had more advice.
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