Tuesday, April 24, 2012

My Enablex Experience Thus Far

So, while I have enjoyed success with Enablex, I invariably have suffered from the most common side effects that I have read about, a bladder infection and a kidney infection.

At first, I thought I was smooth sailing. I thought, Jee, it is so great to take the med and only have the most mildest side affect, a dry mouth. But the fun really began a month after taking the med.

It began when I felt like I had to pee constantly. I was so annoyed. I'd go to the bathroom, and then I would try to go again, just to see if I could get rid of that annoying feeling of always feeling like I had to go. After it went on for a few days, it occurred to me that I had a UTI of sorts.

I went to the doctor and took a urinalysis. Sure enough, I was right. I had abladder infection. I was prescribed antibiotics. A couple of weeks later, I developed a kidney infection.

I am fighting that kidney infection right now, as a matter of fact. I had this infection since this past Friday. I did not go to the doctor for it because I had enough antibiotics left over. Thank God, too, because I really did not feel like going to the doctor's.

Some of my friends asked me if I would discontinue taking the Enablex. I told them that I would not because I enjoy having full control of my bladder and love not having to rely on diapers. The infections are annoying; however, I can deal with them. What I think I am going to do is dramatically increase my daily water intake and drink some pure cranberry juice on a regular basis. I am sure that if I do that, the infections will be kept to a minimum or decrease until there are none at all.

I am going to have to discontinue taking Enablex when I become pregnant and when I breastfeed, though. It is not at all recommended to take Enablex when pregnant. As a matter of fact, I am not going to take *any* meds when pregnant, even those that doctors deem okay. Doctors say you can take some meds when pregnant, but I will not take any because I refuse to put any chemicals into my baby's body. I will not have to worry about any of that for a while because I do not plan to get pregnant any time soon.

New Incontinence Support Group on Facebook

I started a new incontinence support group on Facebook. I did have one on Google, but it proved to be unsuccessful. I am pleased to say that the incontinence support group on Facebook is very active.

I have made this group a secret group to protect people's anonymity. There are many who are still very embarrassed and ashamed of their condition, and they do not want people to know they are in such a group or that they have incontinence problems. I want to be sensitive to their feelings. If you want to be added to my incontinence support group on Facebook, add me as a friend by either typing in my full name, Reina Grosvalet, or by typing in my email address, waldorfpc@gmail.com. I will accept your friend request. Once I do, send me a message on Facebook saying that you want to be added to the group, and I will add you.

I need to tell you of the group rules up front. They are as follows:

1. What happens in the group stays in the group. Some of my members are worried about things being shared outside of the group that the discuss. I assured them it would not happen. If it did, the offender would face consequences.

2. No infantilism and fedishism. My group is not the place for that kind of thing. My group is an incontinence support group where incontinent people can go to get support. Loved ones and caregivers are also invited to find support and learn.

3. Keep it respectful. It is okay to disagree, but please be mature about it.

That is all my rules. Not much, huh? I look forward to seeing you all in the group.