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    How do you pee while on a plane?

    I have an incomplete SCI and use a wheelchair 100% of the time. I am unable to stand or walk but I don't have to cath. I often fly across country and get concerned that I am going to have to pee before I land. Up until now I have successfully managed 4 or 5 hour flights-but not always comfortably. I was wondering how people in my situation manage long flights. I usually fly smaller aircraft-Southwest for example-and will be doing a full cross country trip in a few weeks.
    "Nothing ventured, nothing gained." - My Grammie

    #2
    Can you stand to transfer? Do you walk at all? If you can stand, you can get the cabin crew to bring you the on-board aisle chair, transfer to this, have them push you to the on-board bathroom, stand and transfer to the toilet, and then do the reverse to return to your seat. It does take some planning, and certainly is not a good option if you have any urgency when you need to go.

    Getting into the bathroom if you cannot stand to transfer, esp. on a 737 is pretty much impossible. Many women who use intermittent cath opt to put in an indwelling catheter for long plane flights.

    Many people (AB and disabled) just dehydrate themselves before flying, and hope they can make it across country. That can be a bit risky with delays on the ground and in the air that are common regardless of when and where you fly.

    (KLD)
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      #3
      I am in the same situation as you .... but cannot weight-bear.
      I try to do 4-5 hour flights, but last September, I went to Europe.
      I was able to get a seat in the very back middle row and the flight crew kept that horrible little chair in the back. When I had to go, I jumped onto it and they just pulled me to the back where it actually fit through the little door. HUGE Stress relief! That was British Air though. I think it depends on the airline.
      And there's no way to know before you get there as every flight crew is different... and calling ahead (which I tried) was useless because the person on the information line has no idea what you're talking about.

      Isn't flying the best?!?!
      Have fun in the molestation/security line too

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        #4
        I fly to Hawaii occasionally and just use a foley catheter for the flight. Its actually quite freeing that I can drink all I want and not worry. When its full,My husband empties the bag into an empty soda plastic bottle under a blanket on my lap. I wear a long skirt. TSA is familiar with these, but they will ask about it.
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          #5
          Originally posted by darlagee22 View Post
          I fly to Hawaii occasionally and just use a foley catheter for the flight. Its actually quite freeing that I can drink all I want and not worry. When its full,My husband empties the bag into an empty soda plastic bottle under a blanket on my lap. I wear a long skirt. TSA is familiar with these, but they will ask about it.

          I second this! no stress or worries..or dehydration!
          "The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.” ~Carlos Castaneda

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            #6
            We went to Italy last summer and flew non-stop out of LAX. LONG flight! What I set up for my son is this: I bought a dark burgundy colored twin size fitted sheet. I packed this in a small carry on bag with all of his cathing supplies. When he needed to go, we put the corner of the fitted sheet over his head and draped the rest of the sheet over his body. He was able to cath under the sheet in complete privacy. He would then put his filled bag into a small trash bag and we would take it to the rest room. We also made sure that he sat in the window seat which also allowed him to have more privacy. It all worked out quite well!

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              #7
              it depends on the flight and plane. i try to do stops in between with layovers of at least 2hours so if i need to, i can use the rest room

              flying to asia, the planes are HUGE and there is an aisle chair on board so the flight attendants can bring you to the accessible bathroom. quite nice!!! but on domestic flights, you really just need to either wear pads(i do) and go during your layover or once you get to your destination
              "Smells like death in a bucket of chicken!"
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                #8
                Originally posted by darlagee22 View Post
                I fly to Hawaii occasionally and just use a foley catheter for the flight. Its actually quite freeing that I can drink all I want and not worry. When its full,My husband empties the bag into an empty soda plastic bottle under a blanket on my lap. I wear a long skirt. TSA is familiar with these, but they will ask about it.

                Using the foley catheter sounds like a great option. Can you insert it yourself or do you have a health provider insert it for you?
                Also, what do you do once you arrive at your destination? Remove it yourself?
                I did have a foley catheter directly after injury for a couple of weeks before I learnt to self-cath.
                The nurses changed it once, after the balloon had deflated on the first one. Once, I learnt to self-cath I thought it wouldn't be too hard to insert a foley catheter myself but I havent thought to ask anyone before now.
                Being prone to UTIs I think I would have to take along a supply of antibiotics too.

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                  #9
                  You can take it out yourself or with a helper in the airport bathroom.
                  http://www.laughwithmecrywithme.com
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                    #10
                    I have a chance to go to Greece and I've also wondered just how to deal with cathing on a long flight. I know when I need to go but just can't go on my own and def. couldn't hold it for the entire flight.
                    SCI Birthday: April 25, 1993
                    T4,5,6 Incomplete
                    Chair: TiLite TR3

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by stumpybushman View Post
                      I have a chance to go to Greece and I've also wondered just how to deal with cathing on a long flight. I know when I need to go but just can't go on my own and def. couldn't hold it for the entire flight.
                      Well, since you're a guy who got lost...I'll take pity on you. If you can cath yourself fairly easily everywhere else then get the self inclosed cath kits and ask for a big blanket when you board. Most attendents will get you one from first class. Helps to have eithe lunch bag size paper bags or small colored plastic bags with you. Cath under the blanket, place the filled cath kit in the bag and once "tidied up" ask the attendent to please dispose of the bag for you.

                      If you can't self cath or might have problems on the plane talk to your doc and put in a foley for the flight with a leg bag. Most docs will also give you a few prophylactic antiobiotics to avoid a uti from these uses. Remove the foley after you've had a chance to lie down for at least a few hours. If you stay hydrated on the plane a lot of that fluid will go to your legs so a short snooze then remove and cath during the rest of your time there. Place a new one in before your return flight. Actually, you might ask for a good antibiotic like Cipro that will take care of a uti if you do get one while in Greece. A friend there said some drugs normally available are taking a few days to get occasionally.

                      The foley part also applies to women. I have taken a lot of long flights and had no problems when this was a change from ICs and now use a foley all the time. When it comes to the TSA pat down, I lean forward when they check my back and quietly tell the agent I have a urinary catheter on my right/left leg that leads to a collection bag below my knee. I have had it swabbed exactly once and she did her damnest to make sure no one saw anything as she just slid the swab up my pant leg all of 2 inches. They are trained to know what these items are but if you tell them before they hit it their heart rate doesn't go up.
                      Last edited by Sue Pendleton; 12 Jul 2012, 2:50 AM. Reason: Addition
                      Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

                      Disclaimer: Answers, suggestions, and/or comments do not constitute medical advice expressed or implied and are based solely on my experiences as a SCI patient. Please consult your attending physician for medical advise and treatment. In the event of a medical emergency please call 911.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Sue Pendleton View Post
                        Well, since you're a guy who got lost...I'll take pity on you.
                        Thank you! I realized I had commented in the ladies section after the fact and could not figure out how to delete my post. All I could think was "Oh damn".
                        SCI Birthday: April 25, 1993
                        T4,5,6 Incomplete
                        Chair: TiLite TR3

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                          #13
                          I just flew Southwest cross country on Friday. I was doing the usual hope and pray that I make the whole trip but was dying with an hour and a half left in the flight. I HATE aisle chairs-well just all the employee drama and rigamoroll that goes with them-but was DESPERATE. I must have looked desperate too, because when I asked the flight attendednt how long before we landed, he readily offered to get the aisle chair without my asking!

                          I was amazed when I saw that it was not the huge, cumbersome piece of equiptmen with all kinds of crazy straps that they use for boarding. Instead, it was a little grey plastic chair on wheels-and they didn't even strap me down in a five point harness! I always sit in the front row on Southwest so I was close to the lavatory-and didn't feel like I was making a spectical of myself.

                          I am not sure how well it would have gone had I ben further back or a higher injury.

                          Ah, what a dignified experience-or atleast more dignified than I feared!

                          What a relief
                          "Nothing ventured, nothing gained." - My Grammie

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                            #14
                            For many years i've flown all over the country to other countries etc and either have a foley in me or my S/P @ the airports and I do feel some of these weird TSA ppl have God complexes and power trips but they do make me laugh when I say in a sexy voice oooh yea feel my leg youre turning me on !!! isnt it so hot doesnt it turn you on ??? As they Reach up my leg I say a little higher yea baby as they reach and frisk me down just to find out the latex tubing and Leg bag are not a Gimmick a long skirt hides the key on me .
                            Flying is fun
                            Keeps a sense of humor and all works out in the end They can piss me off Literally in mid air ...
                            Piss on them it's their problem if the Leg Bag valve is accidentally opened up because they are maybe sexualy frustrated and something is amiss like a bag of warm piss ...
                            Sincerely ;
                            GL
                            Last edited by GL; 16 Jul 2012, 8:54 PM.

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                              #15
                              Disclaimer to my flying waiver flying solo Epilogue thingy

                              While I am on the plane I usually have Front row seat / space Many of times becauseI speak to pilot and attendandts and I take my time to get to restroom with help of a attendant holding my arm they help me get to the restroom

                              Then in private I empty my urine bag and sit on the throne high in the air
                              take care of other business if necessary then the Flight attendant will help me back to my front seat area

                              Seating depends because on some flights I had to get helped into the 2nd row or so BTW I never had flown with anyone but once in 30 yrs it kinds stinks No one in my family likes heights but me so I am flying solo with strangers ....

                              If I see empty space in tail of Big Jet I like to sometimes go to the back where no one likes to sit and be right by the Restroom .
                              Gosh flying / travelling is so much fun when you have a Bag of piss
                              it helps to be pissed off ...

                              It's a pain in the Butt

                              With all these new Tighter TSA Mini Gods < the bossy ones
                              I definitely do not like flying the blue skies in big jets too many indians no chief ...

                              Lastly I like safety but they got super paranoid . When I enter the airport I like to roll to the Airport Bar get liquored up to forget the stress plus I like my screwdrivers while flying ...If I drink the right amount I see aliens
                              What about those lovely bags of constipating peanuts !!!
                              My Red Solo cup just fill it up let's have a party ....
                              Those magazines they put behind the seats to read are Boring so I read my favorite book or noodle on a laptop ... As soon as my bag get's pretty full off to the Powder room in the High skies lol

                              Anywhoooo I wish ya all best
                              Have a good Day
                              GL

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