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Incontinence Support Blog

Laser treatments, Basil Cells, Star Wars, 3-D glasses, and the Boy Scouts Motto: Be Prepared.

Posted by Sam Turner

Jan 12, 2016 11:00:00 AM

On a Tuesday in December, I had laser “blasting” on an implant on my right eye. The lens cleared up and my doctor assured me that I would be able to find the Orion Nebula with my telescope.

That following Friday, I had a Mohs procedure for basil cell carcinoma just below the right eye lid.  I was not prepared for the fifteen-stitch surgery or the bandage that covered my right eye.

The next morning, our children treated us to reserved seating for a nine A.M. viewing of the latest version of Star Wars…with 3-D glasses.  3-D glasses on one eye!  I wasn’t prepared for that situation. 

However I was prepared for the excitement that, in past years, might cause me the loss of bladder control.  I was wearing …TA- DA… my Men’s Liberty External Catheter!  Exciting moments were no problem.  (I noticed several men and women making quick exits three quarters into the movie.) Not me. I made it to the end. When it comes out on DVD, I’ll watch the movie again, using both eyes.  Until then: 

Happy New Year and … May The Force Be With You!

Sam and PJ Turner (She Who Must Be Obeyed!)

Topics: holidays, Guest Blogs, emergency preparedness

Much for which to be Thankful!

Posted by Sam Turner

Nov 27, 2015 11:09:00 AM

Bah-Humbug!  That is the name of the play our nine-year-old granddaughter is performing at our local Gaslight Youth Theater.  This is her fifth play since the age of six in a cast of thirty or more actors ranging from six to sixteen years.  For her, each play is more demanding with more lines and more singing parts.


In the beginning, I was unable to sit through a performance without excusing myself to the restroom to change my absorbent. Each interruption was embarrassing, disturbing and time consuming.  The room is set up as a dinner theater with four chairs crammed around a cocktail table. The first three rows are so crowded, even the server has difficulty passing through.  Aside from being a hazard for crowds to exit, unless I am on an aisle seat, I disrupt the audience as I climb between tables and chairs.

As much as I wanted to witness every performance, I often considered skipping the productions because of my incontinence. Many men can relate to my situation.  These men may not mention it, but they know what it feels like.

However, that was three years ago.  Since, Aladdin, and  Ain’t Nothin’But A Werewolf, (and now, Bah-Humbug!), I have been able to relax and enjoy each performance thanks to the use of my Men’s Liberty External Catheter. Once men begin using Men’s Liberty, they too, will have reason to be thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving from Sam & Everyone at Men's Liberty!

 

Topics: tips from Men's Liberty users, holidays, Guest Blogs, incontinence

How to Manage Incontinence During a Zombie Apocalypse!

Posted by Mens Liberty

Oct 30, 2015 11:00:00 AM


As any fan of The Walking Dead will tell you – a zombie apocalypse is coming and we all need to be prepared. Even the CDC agrees – and they’ve even written a great guide to the coming zombie apocalypse. But they left out some important tips - so we've collected our best zombie wisdom below just for you!


According to Harvard psychiatrist Steven Schlozman the condition is known as as Ataxic Neurodegenerative Satiety Deficiency Syndrome. It is caused by an infectious agent, sometimes known as solanum.

But no matter how it starts, we know it ends with zombies taking over entire countries, roaming city streets eating anything living that gets in their way. So what can you do to ensure your brains aren’t on the menu?

I’m going to share our top four tips with you here but it all boils down to this: Emergency preparedness is key. So whether it’s a hurricane, a tornado, a visit from your in-laws or a zombie apocalypse, here are four secrets to preparing for an emergency when you have urinary incontinence.

  • First, have a “go-bag” prepared. This should include a change of clothes or two, at least a week’s supply of your Men’s Liberty, wet wipes and an anti-zombie weapon of your choice. Be sure to include any other medical supplies you might need like inhalers, prescriptions and the like. I also recommend the three items you should always have because they work for tons of stuff – a tub of Vaseline, a roll of duct tape and a utility knife. You can do a lot with those!
  • Number two, food and water. Lack of preparation in this area means dehydration could get you before the zombies do. Make sure you have one gallon of water per person per day. Tablets for making water potable and plenty of canned goods are also essential. Just because you have incontinence doesn’t mean you can get away with depriving your body of adequate hydration.
  • Number three, work with your community to establish an evacuation route. Everyone should have a role. Some members of your local community may be marked as guards, others as decoys to attract the zombies away from your location. Someone should be in charge of transportation – preferably a non-squeamish neighbor with a large truck and a willingness to run over zombies if required. Make sure you have a designated nurse that can be trusted with all your medical supplies. Make friends with him or her. You’ll need them.
  • And finally, number four, designated one member of your family to join the CDC’s Zombie Task Force. This individual will be responsible for assisting the CDC while they conduct an investigation into the outbreak. This assistance might include consultation, lab testing and analysis, patient management and care, tracking of contacts, and infection control (including isolation and quarantine). A doctor is a good candidate but a pathologist is an even better one! Make sure your local autopsy professional is on-call for when the disease outbreak begins.


So what else should you be packing? Have we missed anything? Let us know about your zombie apocalypse plans in the comments. My zombie apocalypse survival team is just about set up – we’re still looking for a pathologist – any nominations let me know!


 

Topics: holidays

That Darn Easter Bunny...

Posted by Caleb Bartlett

Mar 26, 2015 11:00:00 AM

It's now the second day of spring. It snowed yesterday on the first day of spring. It doesn't feel like spring and these Meteorologists on TV might as well be telling us the Easter Bunny is running behind on chocolate orders and had to outsource holiday deliveries to Godiva. Fortunately the snow is melting very fast.

I'll tell you something else that is melting very fast, the weight around my middle. At least I hope so.

Because my injury is at a high level the muscles below my chest are mostly paralyzed. When a muscle is unable to move it becomes atrophied. The muscles that wrap around the abdomen are the support system for the core of the body. When you sit up, your core pulls you up. When you stay seated it holds you up. When you walk it stabilizes the entire torso. They work without even thinking about it. Their other job is to hold the stomach, intestines and other lower organs in place, tucked up under the diaphragm. When those muscles atrophy the organs slide forward and down causing a condition known as "Quad Belly". It gives the appearance of a beer belly. When any extra fat builds up on the body it tends to build up in and around that area. Also, the forward shift and lack of consistent muscle contraction can cause the metabolism to slow down considerably so once weight is gained it can be difficult to burn off.

It seems that somewhere between the holiday stuffing and gravy, the winter comfort food and the reduced trips to the gym due to below freezing temps and piles snow I started to resemble Boss Hogg on a frat boy Pub Crawl. If you're too young to catch the Dukes of Hazzard reference I simply... well... got fat. This is not good. Fat building up around the inner organs puts me and other spinal cord injury survivors at risk for early on-set heart disease and diabetes. So with summer approaching and my deep-seated need to look sexy in a leopard print thong (but mostly to just be healthy) I got my butt in gear. However, not after a fit of remorse and self-loathing that fed my other deep-seated need to wallow in the kind of selfish vanity only another Virgo like myself could truly comprehend.

I truly love food. All kinds of food. Every ethnicity, type and shape. Baked, fried, roasted, grilled, fermented, chilled, salted, smoked, boiled or raw. Meat, dairy, veggies, pasta, fruit, bread, desserts... my god... I love the culture around food, discovering a great new restaurant or recipe, learning how something made, sharing food with friends, growing and preparing food. In truth, I don't eat bad fatty food, processed foods, fast food or even candy! I just love high-quality, good food. What is it that song by Sting says, "If you love someone set them free..."

So chia seed smoothies and the gym, the continued electrical stimulation bike, smaller portions and a few other techniques have me exercising self-control and little by little seeing results. So screw you Easter Bunny and your tempting chocolate demons! Ironically, rabbits are vegetarians.

My goal is to lose twenty-five pounds... and keep it off. So often people with Spinal Cord Injury live a lifestyle and adopt habits to ease the daily emotional pain and frustration. Whether it be subconscious or not it is often covered by drugs, alcohol or anti-depressants. The need for the comfortable and familiar can run very deep and strong. Certain foods and activities can act as a drug as well. Personally, I believe this condition is a result of the feeling of hopelessness fostered by a long-held belief by the medical profession that there is no cure. These unhealthy life choices cloud the vision of the future and continue to hold many in a permanent winter of despair. We have to look beyond the common held belief and start believing in ourselves. We have to make positive, healthy life choices so we can live and be ready when the solution we've been allowing ourselves to hope for comes.

Spring always brings new life, and while your parents may have told you a libidinous bunny who lays colored eggs delivered all that candy to you... this spring I hope if you are reading this and need to let go of something to stay healthy, you will allow yourself to hope and believe the real truth that a cure is coming, and the next doctor who says, "there's no hope"... well... even your parents told you the Easter Bunny was real.

Thanks for reading.

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Check out these other popular blogs from Caleb!

http://blog.mensliberty.com/blog/bid/300024/Understanding-Spinal-Cord-Injury-Part-1

http://blog.mensliberty.com/blog/bid/306223/Understanding-Spinal-Cord-Injury-with-Caleb-Part-2

http://blog.mensliberty.com/blog/bid/311261/Understanding-Spinal-Cord-Injury-Part-3-with-Caleb

Topics: wheelchair, spinal cord injury, Spinal Cord Injury with Caleb, holidays, Guest Blogs

Remember our Fallen Heroes with Men's Liberty

Posted by Mens Liberty

May 26, 2014 12:00:00 PM

Today is Memorial Day, a time to remember those who have fallen in combat and made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our freedom.

Here at Men's Liberty we are big supporters of our veterans. We are proud sponsors of Mission Able and many of our patients are vets. We even volunteered at last year's annual PVA games in Tampa and we plan on attending this year's games in Philadelphia. But no matter how many organizations we sponsor or veteran's community groups we partner with, we recognize we will never be able to give back what some have given for us; their life. Their service, courage, and the sacrifices they have made are absolutely priceless. For their sacrifices we have our freedom and for that we should all be grateful.

However, we can continue our commitment to helping soldiers and their families, not only by offering life changing products, but by being advocates for them. Our veterans deserve the best available healthcare, and we will continue to strive to provide it to them.

So on behalf of Men's Liberty and BioDerm Inc. Thank you all very much for what you do and thank you to all the men and women who have given their lives. You will be remembered!

Memorial Day From Men's Liberty

Topics: holidays, announcements

This year in Incontinence

Posted by Mens Liberty

Dec 30, 2013 2:00:00 PM

Welcome back everyone! This has truly been a great year for us at Men's Liberty. We are growing in every way; from our dedicated team of employees to our growing number of patients around the world. Our blog and social followers are no exception, we have nearly doubled our Facebook and Twitter followers and our blog views continue to increase daily. To show our appreciation, we have assembled a list of the best blog posts from this past year. Check them out and thanks again for your support...we couldn't do it without you!

 

Mythbusters: Urinary Tract Infections

 

Using all the right words, with all the wrong people.

 

Explaining the Men's Liberty Learning Curve

 

Discover the Top 5 Internet Memes About Incontinence!

 

What's so wrong with wearing adult diapers anyway? (VIDEO)

 

Understanding Spinal Cord Injury with Caleb: Part 2

 

Understanding Spinal Cord Injury: Part 3 with Caleb

 

Understanding Spinal Cord Injury: Part 4 with Caleb

 

Learning About Stem Cell Research and Spinal Cord Injury with Caleb

 

Las Celulas Madres - Stem Cell Treatments with Caleb

 

67% of Caregivers say Managing Incontinence is Hardest Medical Task!

 

Learning About Stem Cell Research and Spinal Cord Injury with Caleb

 

What Would You Do with an Extra 16 Hours a Week?

 

Four Tips for Talking to Your Patients about Incontinence

 

Wee Answer Wednesday: Neurological Disorders & Incontinence

 

Wee Answer Wednesday: Quality of Life Month with Men's Liberty

 

Wee Answer Wednesday: Questions from Men's Liberty Training

 

 

Topics: holidays

'Twas the Night Before Christmas...With Men's Liberty

Posted by Mens Liberty

Dec 24, 2013 1:00:00 PM

'Twas the week before Christmas, when all through the store

Not an item was discounted, not even a drawer;

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,

In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

The children were waiting all snug in their threads,

While visions of X-boxes danced in their heads;

And mamma in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,

Had just settled down for a Christmas shopper’s nap,

When up on the riser there arose such a clatter,

I sprang from the line to see what was the matter.

Up to the display I flew like a flash,

Tore past the elves and knocked down the sash.

The lights on the piles of the fake-plastic snow

Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,

When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,

But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,

With a little old driver, so sluggish and thick,

I knew it must be the mall’s incontinent St. Nick.

More rapid than eagles his options they came,

And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;

"Now, Foley! now, Texas! now, Tena and Depends!

On, Condom! on Corman! on, Poise and Attends!

To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!

Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!"

So up to the mall-top the coursers they flew,

With the sleigh full of pee, and St. Nicholas too.

As I drew in my head, and was turning around,

Down the hall a new St. Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,

And his clothes were all burnished with ashes and soot;

A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,

And he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

His eyes -- how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!

His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!

His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,

And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;

He had a broad face and a little round belly,

That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.

He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,

And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;

A wink of his eye and a twist of his crown,

Gave me to know there was a better option in town;

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his seat,

And welcomed the children; who asked for a sweet,

Calling me closer, he told me his quest,

‘Forget about diapers, opt for the best;

‘Men’s Liberty’s the key to sitting for hours,

No leaks at all and no more wet trousers!


And I heard him exclaim, ‘ere we walked out of sight,

 "Merry Christmas to all, and to all a dry-night."

 

Topics: holidays