It has been a little while since I have written much about the catheter, and honestly, that was because I couldn’t seem to get into a groove using it like I was supposed to be using it. I have (half-assed) tried a variety of systems to try to help me to do it on a schedule to make sure my kidneys stay less stressed, but had been failing miserably.
I hadn’t really made a schedule (except for a general one in my mind) and kept conveniently “forgetting” and doing it irregularly (obviously not at all that committed). So, made a commitment about doing it right with a friend of mine a few weeks ago, and after not really doing great for the first week after that, I decided last week to make a check off chart on my bathroom mirror.
If you have read my blog for long, you know that I often use the dry erase marker on my mirror for a variety of things. It occurred to me that it could certainly not hurt to try it for the catheter schedule too.
Last week, I did great until I was distracted by painting the walls of my place and rearranging furniture. Overall, I did much better than I have in months just the same. I only missed two of the twenty-one catheters I should be using in a week. I did a general timetable, instead of rigid times that don’t work well with my schedule these days.
So far, this week, I am at 100%. I will just keep this chart on my mirror for however long it takes for me to do it without it. It doesn’t matter how much or how little I like doing it anymore. It matters that I make it happen, regardless.
(If you are confused why I am talking about using a catheter, you can catch up by reading this blog.)