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Friday, October 28, 2011

My Bladder Has Radar!

“Nature is calling.” How often do we find ourselves saying that lately? You know the feeling – the urgency, the rush to get to the bathroom once the brain gets the message. Well, I’m here to tell you that my bladder has radar! I am okay driving home, and still fine when I pull into the driveway. But, the second my foot steps into the house, the urgency hits and I must make a mad dash down the hall, hoping all the while that I will get before disaster strikes.

It’s another of the blessings of aging.   I’ve had many bosses who stressed a sense of “urgency” in the workplace…well, now we have stress urgency in the home place! We aren’t incontinent, but we leak when we laugh, or cough, or get up too quickly. We used to giggle at our grandparents when they tooted as they walked; now we are afraid to move lest we sound like a duck!   How did this happen to us?

There must be some help for this, if not a cure. My doctor prescribed some pills for me which only made the matter worse! They are still sitting in my medicine cabinet since I refused to take any more. That wasn’t the answer. Crossing my legs till they turn blue isn’t practical, so what am I to do? I drink more water because I have read that that helps, even though it sounds like it would make the situation worse. I head for the bathroom the minute I feel my bladder is full. I even resort to using the restrooms in stores if I must.

All this is probably more than you ever wanted to know about me, but listen…this is important! You younger ones can go ahead and laugh while you can…your day will come, too. Those of us of a certain age are no longer smiling. We are hesitant to walk across the room, afraid we will be mistaken for a whoopee cushion! I am hoping going to the gym three times a week will strengthen the necessary muscles in order to solve the problem. Do you have any suggestions? If so, post them here so we can give them a try!

And, if your bladder also has radar, I’d love to know I am not the only one!


  1. I have yet to reach that point, but I do have a few friends that are older than me that have. Ugghh, I so dread that!

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  3. I have been at that point for some time. Years. If I have allergies or a cold...then I have to wear protection. My sister makes cloth female pads and I am considering trying to find some in bamboo. I have a website of another place I am going to look that my sis gave me. Lets face it...those paper kind get too rough if you wear them all of the time.

    Wow, probably TMI but you brought it up and wanted suggestions!! your buttons up top. I even see some familiar places!

  4. Been there, done that, 'nuff said.


  5. I have waved goodbye to trampolines and pogo sticks ( do they make those anymore?).....sigh....
    There are some items you can get to strengthen those muscles that also help with interior muscles used for more pleasurable pursuits.
    Ben Wa balls?? *blush* (Is this TMI???)
    To my mind it is better than meds and serves a dual purpose as we all are not getting any younger!


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