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Restroom Sprint


Last week while I was in a meeting, the speaker was taking a bit longer than I expected. What was bad was that I had to go to the bathroom and there didn’t seem to be a natural break in the meeting while the speaker was talking for me to exit quietly. I waited. And waited. When the meeting concluded I rushed to the bathroom. When I entered a lady that was also in the meeting said “If she (the speaker) had kept talking I wouldn’t have made it!” I told her “Me either!” We both giggled like little schoolgirls. While we laughed I think she and I both know that as you age the time for bathroom breaks can become shorter and shorter, particularly if you take a medication which increases the need to urinate.


The following information on incontinence was found on the Mayo Clinic website: www.mayoclinic.org:


"Urinary incontinence, the loss of bladder control, is a common and often embarrassing problem. The severity ranges from occasionally leaking urine when you cough or sneeze to having an urge to urinate that's so sudden and strong you don't get to a toilet in time.


Though it occurs more often as people get older, urinary incontinence isn't an inevitable consequence of aging. If urinary incontinence affects your daily activities, don't hesitate to see your doctor. For most people, simple lifestyle and dietary changes or medical care can treat symptoms of urinary incontinence.


Symptoms


Many people experience occasional, minor leaks of urine. Others may lose small to moderate amounts of urine more frequently.

Types of urinary incontinence include:

·       Stress incontinence. Urine leaks when you exert pressure on your bladder by coughing, sneezing, laughing, exercising or lifting something heavy.

·       Urge incontinence. You have a sudden, intense urge to urinate followed by an involuntary loss of urine. You may need to urinate often, including throughout the night. Urge incontinence may be caused by a minor condition, such as infection, or a more severe condition such as a neurological disorder or diabetes.

·       Overflow incontinence. You experience frequent or constant dribbling of urine due to a bladder that doesn't empty completely.

·       Functional incontinence. A physical or mental impairment keeps you from making it to the toilet in time. For example, if you have severe arthritis, you may not be able to unbutton your pants quickly enough.

·       Mixed incontinence. You experience more than one type of urinary incontinence — most often this refers to a combination of stress incontinence and urge incontinence.


When to see a doctor


You may feel uncomfortable discussing incontinence with your doctor. But if incontinence is frequent or is affecting your quality of life, it's important to seek medical advice because urinary incontinence may:

·       Cause you to restrict your activities and limit your social interactions

·       Negatively impact your quality of life

·       Increase the risk of falls in older adults as they rush to the toilet

·       Indicate a more serious underlying condition


10 ways to stop leaks Urinary incontinence

 

  1. Do daily pelvic floor exercises. Pelvic floor exercises can be effective at reducing leaks, but it's important to do them properly. ... 

  2. Stop smoking. ... 

  3. Do the right exercises. ... 

  4. Avoid lifting. ... 

  5. Lose excess weight. ... 

  6. Treat constipation promptly. ... 

  7. Cut down on caffeine. ... 

  8. Cut down on alcohol.”

 

Although my friend and I were laughing and made it in time, incontinence is nothing to laugh about.


Lou

 

 

 

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