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    #16
    Originally posted by Vintage View Post
    I've never used a leg bag. You can't sleep in one, can you?
    I ALWAYS have. I went with a foley to get away from all the time wasted cathing, cleaning caths, etc. I have unfortunately had to live with an inability to get to sleep, to sleep without waking up, constantly tossing and turning, so it was always easy to reach down and check my bag to see if it was full. Ahh the benefits of pain lol. After about 3 weeks it is advisable to change them as they tend to start leaking after you have let them get full and your bladder back up, stretches the seams and they begin to tear, slow leak. I try to pay attention but when I get busy I forget to reach down and check sometimes. As I stated before, this is why I am able to hold so much in my bladder, all these years. In the first year or so of injury, it was not so, my bladder couldn't hold but about 8oz or so, depending on the situation, before I started leaking. My bladder distends and sticks out on my stomach like a potato sized knot. Every time I wake to turn, I reflexively reach down and feel for it to see if its time to get5 up and head to the toilet lol. Call me lazy but I decided early on to forgo the hours spent TAKING a crap and draining the bladder. I stayed with my brother for a couple of months when I first got out of rehab and was basically a very weak t4. Using a transfer board, wearing a turtle shell to cover my broken up ribcage for months, my brother had to do my bowel care in a bed they setup in their livingroom, take showers with a waterhose at the garage door in my chair...you get the picture. After about 6 months the shell came off and I was able to start working on strength and health, trying for myself, ex-girlfriend asked me to move back in with her and the girls...it was find a better way time all around. Fortunately God Blessed and it worked out in the long run with my present bowel/bladder routine within a year. I only stayed with the gf for a few months, you know how those things go, and I started renting a house on my own. Took a few years until I got healthy but it has always been the same bowel and bladder routine. I really believe the way I do it is much healthier and I KNOW it is a BIG time saver not using suppositories or stool softeners, dig stimming and waiting...proper diet is KEY here though. Anywho, I have 14fr caths not sure if female caths are shorter but send me your address and I will send you a couple in the mail if you want, as others have stated you can get samples from the company with a phone call. They sent me 4 for free.
    Last edited by CapnGimp; 19 Dec 2016, 7:02 PM. Reason: i can't type as fast as i think and I hate it when you ask me WHY do I edit my posts, ewe R eVil vb5 :P

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      #17
      Originally posted by Scott C4/5 View Post
      Its possible that you'll leak. But I leak less with Duette's 18fr than with a regular 22fr. As far as going bigger, it would depend on how long you've been using a smaller size catheter. I used a 22fr for 16 years and have used a Duette for almost 14 months. I wouldn't think that it would hurt for me to try a 20fr if they make one sometime soon.
      If you are leaking check the balloons. Mine was leaking. We checked the balloons and the 5cc one was low. We filled it back up and the leaking stopped.

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        #18
        I bought 16 fr duettes from atc medical. Has anyone brought them to a hospital and asked them to use them instead?

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          #19
          If any of you use 18 fr and pay out of pocket, you can purchase them for $9.00 a piece, here. http://www.discountcatheters.com/cat...oley+catheters

          I switched from using a 16 fr to 18 fr to save money. I haven't had any issues with changing sizes, so far.

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            #20
            Originally posted by CapnGimp View Post
            IAnywho, I have 14fr caths not sure if female caths are shorter but send me your address and I will send you a couple in the mail if you want, as others have stated you can get samples from the company with a phone call. They sent me 4 for free.
            I spoke with Charlene Johnson, Sales and Marketing Director for Poiesis. She confirmed that the Duette catheters come in one length (16-1/2 from top of the funnel to the tip of the catheter) in the Fr sizes available (14, 16, & 18).

            All the best,
            GJ

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              #21
              Doette caths best price!

              Originally posted by Brent K View Post
              If any of you use 18 fr and pay out of pocket, you can purchase them for $9.00 a piece, here. http://www.discountcatheters.com/cat...oley+catheters

              I switched from using a 16 fr to 18 fr to save money. I haven't had any issues with changing sizes, so far.

              This by far, the best prices for Duette caths I have been shown, thanks for posting that site Brent K
              13.59 for 14fr 16fr and 8.34 for 18fr, makes a lot of difference for those who pay out of pocket...I would still have to eat only 2 days a week if I had to pay out of pocket still

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