If you have urinary incontinence, you’ve probably got a lot on your mind. Staying ahead of urges, accidents, and when to self-cath can be a lot. You might be tempted to drink less water to help cut down your to-do list, but that approach can cause more problems than it solves.
A urinary tract infection (UTI) happens when bacteria, especially e. coli, enter the urinary tract — the kidneys, bladder, and the urethra, which is the tube through which urine leaves the body. Germs can enter and irritate the urinary tract during catheter insertion or prolonged use.
If you have health concerns, you know that nurses are the front-line providers who bring an invaluable amount of skill, knowledge, and expertise to patient care. They’re compassionate caregivers who deeply respect patients and listen to their needs.
Amy Landrum, APRN, CWOCN is one of those nurses.
We asked Amy to tell us about how she became a nurse, what her specialty means, and why she cares so much for her patients.
Sexual health is an understated component of overall health. However, some individuals might neglect this facet of their life – especially if they have a urologic condition. Urologic conditions can affect sexual health, or even lead to painful sex. Join us as we explore the importance of maintaining sexual health for those with urological conditions and/or those using urological supplies.
Spina bifida brings unique challenges into a family, but learning from families on the same path can be a helpful and encouraging guide. We invite you to share in the story of Lori Neal – a single mother of her 12-year old son, Julian, who lives with spina bifida – to learn how to promote the best life for yourself and children with spina bifida.
It is the primary mission of the United Ostomy Associations of America to ensure that all persons with an ostomy receive the care and compassion they deserve. However, this is not always the experience of those in the ostomy community due to varying factors, such as a lack of access to trained healthcare providers or ostomy devices that best fit their needs. This is why the UOAA recently published findings from a 2019 study that explored the general care that is given to ostomates.
Twelve years after undergoing ileostomy surgery for ulcerative colitis, Sarah is back to enjoying many of the foods she used to love before her surgery. If anything, she enjoys them more now than ever. Sarah is proof that living with an ostomy and ostomy supplies doesn’t need to compromise a fulfilling diet for yourself. Check out these firsthand tips from Sarah on finding the right path forward to eating foods you love.
After being diagnosed with a neurogenic bladder and bowel, six-year old Maya had to utilize intermittent catheters to best navigate her condition. Though challenging at first, Maya and her mother quickly learned the importance of choosing the best intermittent catheters to fit Maya’s lifestyle. Now, six years later, Maya is back to enjoying all her favorite things; life, sports, and friends.
Achieving your goals while living with a spinal cord injury may feel challenging, but setting SMART goals can increase the likelihood of overcoming your obstacles! SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. By setting specific and realistic goals, tracking progress, and establishing a timeline, individuals can stay motivated and accountable to their resolutions. As your trusted wound care supplier, we’re happy to share a few tips on how to start setting your SMART goals.
Individuals with ostomy supplies are entitled to their privacy – even when traveling via land or air. By planning ahead for your next trip now, you can ensure safe and secure travel. If you have an ostomy, keep these tips in mind next time you’re on the go.