As I learn to live with incontinence, I'm learning what works fot me and what doesn't.
Trying to pretend I'm not incontinent does not work for me. I have gone from trying to keep my bladder empty by going to the bathroom every two hours, during the day and dealing with pads and leakage and the occasional full on accident to wearing a pull up all day and just changing when I need to.
I am wearing full cloth at night with rubber pants.
This is pretty easy for me because I work from home. Unfortunately, all of that was tested and failed this week.
i had to go into the office for a couple of days which meant staying away from home at a friends.
Problem 1. Odor. I'm staying well hydrated per doctors orders which means I'm constantly wet requiring frequent changes to avoid having to worry about odors.
2. Changing frequently is expensive.
3. Changing pull ups means having to take my leggings (which I wear with long TShirts) all the way off each time I change.
4. Disposable of wet pull ups. I put the wet pull ups in scented bags from the dollar store and then waited for the bathroom to be empty to exit my stall and throw it in the larger garbage by the sinks.
5. Fell asleep and had a full leak on my friends couch. She wasn't home so I was able to clean it. Thank goodness she has dogs so I used the urine break down cleaner she had and it came out fine.
6. I word disposable briefs during the night and woke up this morning soaked through. I was able to wash the sheets and the mattress was protected by my mattress protector.
WHAT I WILL DO IN THE FUTURE
I will wear my cloth and bring my wet/dry bag. And use my cloth boosters that I wear at home with no problems, to prevent leaks.
Disposables suck but not in the way they are supposed to.
I do feel more at peace as a move forward and learn a little more each day.
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