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Consistently staying on your self-catheterization schedule will help you avoid accidents and other issues. Explore some practical tips that may help you stick to your prescribed routine.
If you’ve recently started using an intermittent catheter due to a spinal cord injury or other medical condition, your healthcare team likely guided you through the steps of the self-catheterization process. They also probably talked about a key aspect of self-catheterization: the importance of keeping to a schedule. If you understand your recommended catheterization routine and are motivated to stick to it, you will be less likely to experience accidents or issues.
However, with everything you need to remember about all of the essential routines you may have – taking medications, doing physical therapy, attending healthcare appointments — it can be a challenge to stay on a self-catheterization schedule, even if you perform the procedure just a few times a day.
4 tips for adhering to your self-catheterization schedule
Following any kind of daily routine takes self-discipline and patience. Self-catheterizing every day according to your prescribed schedule is no different. Below are four simple tips that may help you remember to self-catheterize according to the frequency recommended by your healthcare team:
Ask your healthcare team for additional help, if needed
After following these tips, if you still find yourself missing your scheduled self-catheterizations or think your prescribed schedule needs modification, be sure to consult with your healthcare team. They can provide additional guidance and tweak your self-catheterization program as necessary to meet your needs and help you avoid any issues.
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