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    I am a cervical 4-5 quadriplegic since 1993. I am new at using a indwelling Foley catheter with a leg bag.
    Does anyone have any tips they can share with me about making the tubing from the catheter to the leg bag as discrete as possible.
    Women's pants are more fitted, especially with the popularity of leggings. I try to think that I am not vain, but?.
    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    #2
    When I have to use a leg bag, I used to have it on my claf and the tube on the exterior side of the leg.

    ps: IDK why I can't upload images, but pls check this link: http://www.exmed.net/images/Product/...-LBEDBUVWP.jpg

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      #3
      You could consider using a belly bag instead:

      http://www.allegromedical.com/cathet...9989x199841549

      (KLD)
      The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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        #4
        Personally I have never been tempted to wear the tighter pants as they would make dressing a whole lot harder for me. I can get looser pants on and off a whole lot easier. A simple rectangular bag cover could easily be made for use under shorts to keep the end of the bag covered. Had a friend that would take a small towel and just fold that around her bag under her shorts. I had trouble emptying the belly bag the time I tried it. I remember looking at the wet toilet and thinking now I know why guys pee all over the toilet. Another option might be to get a button hole placed in your pants near the inseam and route the tubing through that to the catheter and then use a tubing and bag cover with the bag hanging behind your legs under the chair.

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          #5
          Originally posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
          You could consider using a belly bag instead:

          http://www.allegromedical.com/cathet...9989x199841549

          (KLD)
          Thank you for providing me the link. But, to be perfectly honest I'm a little confused by it. I was always told that your collection bag should be lower. Could you enlighten me on this set up a little more. Thank you.

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            #6
            Yes, the usual guidelines call for positioning the drainage bag below the bladder and tubing, but this bag has been around for sometime, and appears to be safe (FDA approved). Not everyone likes them, but I would encourage you to get one and try it out to see if it works for you or not.

            (KLD)
            The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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              #7
              Originally posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
              Yes, the usual guidelines call for positioning the drainage bag below the bladder and tubing, but this bag has been around for sometime, and appears to be safe (FDA approved). Not everyone likes them, but I would encourage you to get one and try it out to see if it works for you or not.

              (KLD)
              I was looking at the website again, and wondered if using a vented leg bag at your waist could be almost the same (minus the 1000 mL). Any thoughts?

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                #8
                You would have to find a way to secure it that did not cause skin problems, or kink the in-flow tubing.

                (KLD)
                The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                  #9
                  I hate them but.. I use a bedside bag 2000 cc all the time even going out I hate but... its just me alone I hook it to cushion cover shove unde chair and pretend

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by quad.michael View Post
                    When I have to use a leg bag, I used to have it on my claf and the tube on the exterior side of the leg.

                    ps: IDK why I can't upload images, but pls check this link: http://www.exmed.net/images/Product/...-LBEDBUVWP.jpg
                    Could you use something like this but put it on the inside of your leg and run the tubing along the in-seam?

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by vjls View Post
                      I hate them but.. I use a bedside bag 2000 cc all the time even going out I hate but... its just me alone I hook it to cushion cover shove unde chair and pretend
                      Just had a thought (I'm not a woman, just trying to help) what about using an old purse to put the bag in, then hang it from the chair? If the tubing was routed discretely who'd know? A small purse would work for a leg bag. The purse handles would make it easy to manage too. At least you wouldn't have to worry about it getting stolen. lol

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by vjls View Post
                        I hate them but.. I use a bedside bag 2000 cc all the time even going out I hate but... its just me alone I hook it to cushion cover shove unde chair and pretend
                        I pretty much went to the bedside bag full time. For me the benefits included not having to bend forward to open the drain on the bottom of the leg bag after picking up my leg to put it on the side of the toilet. (and hoping it didn't slide in) Also a big plus is now I am able to drink as much as I need to without having to worry about can I get into the bathroom when I am out. 28 years ago there is no way I would have left my apartment with one of those on but with the advent of drain bag covers as well as tubing covers having the thing on display is no longer an issue. It hangs under the chair, behind my legs, in a bag that covers the drain bag fully. As for the tubing I have several covers with either velcro or snaps down the middle so I can get the cover around the tubing without having to disconnect the tube from the catheter. I can also choose which tube cover I am using so it will blend in with either my black or navy blue pants. And I have no expanding football attached to the side of my leg attracting attention.

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                          #13
                          lol
                          I have a caregiver who was giving me this idea while I was reading your suggestion. Thanks for your input.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by tumbleweeds View Post
                            Just had a thought (I'm not a woman, just trying to help) what about using an old purse to put the bag in, then hang it from the chair? If the tubing was routed discretely who'd know? A small purse would work for a leg bag. The purse handles would make it easy to manage too. At least you wouldn't have to worry about it getting stolen. lol
                            HAHAHAHA. sorry. you just reminded me about a time i was waiting in the hospital and saw a dazed woman in a WC with a giant 2000 ml night drainage bag in her lap. it fell in the floor, and an EMT walking by picked it up, handing it to her and said, "excuse me ma'am, you dropped your purse."

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by tinern View Post
                              I am a cervical 4-5 quadriplegic since 1993. I am new at using a indwelling Foley catheter with a leg bag.
                              Does anyone have any tips they can share with me about making the tubing from the catheter to the leg bag as discrete as possible.
                              Women's pants are more fitted, especially with the popularity of leggings. I try to think that I am not vain, but?.
                              Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
                              well, i've always been vain to some degree and i'll admit it. tight clothes like leggings have always been a problem, so here's what i do. you just have to be really careful (in other words, i wouldn't do it to go out drinking because chances of problems that way are much higher). you find a good clamp, i mean a really good one. i have a screw-down metal one that's at least 35 years old that a nurse in rehab gave me specifically for this reason. i would just clamp the bag off and maneuver the tubing around somewhere. for some people, clamping it off at intervals is preferable anyway, because it keeps the bladder more elastic. you just don't want it to overfill. then at a certain time, i'd go to the bathroom and empty it in a urinal. (i'd put one in a bag on the back of my chair, under my back pack so it couldn't be grabbed without going for it specifically). this is why straight cathing is something i started doing about 8 years after i was sent home with a foley. you can wear better clothes, it's also a much bigger hassle to go to the bathroom. but as long as you watch it and have a really good clamp and keep an eye on your intake, this works well. i wouldn't do it every day, but if you really want to get dressed up and the clothes are prohibitive, you can kind of get around it once in awhile.

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