Catheter advice (male)

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Don't know if this is in the right place so i will just be very quick.
I'm new and first post.
Dad is 90 and im a full time carer and we are having problems with it keep getting blocked,its a foley long term one.
Thanks.
Hi Jason, welcome to the forum. My mum had this problem, she said she was in dreadful pain as a result. The nursing home said that her urine was a thicker consistency than normal, so maybe encouraging dad to drink a bit more might help. However I know that many elderly people with impaired health don't drink much.
I'm NOT saying that dad is dying, but if you Google "signs of dying" you will find articles written by people who have worked in a hospice, the best explanations I have found explaining why people who are very ill or very old eat and drink less. I just wished someone had told me when our first parent was ill.
Hi,thanks for the reply and i will give a bit more details on this.
Dad lives at home and i live with him and care for him 24/7,he had the catheter fitted 6 years 3 months due to enlarge prostate which was seen on ultra-scan.(water retention) and all else looked fine.
The first 4 years was great as it didn't have a lot of problems but this last 2 years,well could say 1 year he had a lot of blockages every week or so so gets flushed every week and just have catheter changed every week if wont flush,insertion is not a problem as it just goes in perfect which no one can understand as cant even or very very little go through prostate.
He drinks a good 1.5litre of water and his normal 3 cups of tea but dad has always have the problem which is normal for him that there wont be a lot in the bag in the days but at night its all fine and does a nice bit.
My main question is here is.
Is there anything like drink that can dissolve some of the debris in the bladder.(tried cranberry juice over 2 weeks and no joy)
Is there any other method to keep it clean apart from the wash out which is being done,read about inserting something like a pipe cleaner or that sort of thing.
To add to it he has regular urine checks with no UTI and he is in no pain at all and no other problems just very bad nose sinuses.
This seems to happen when he started getting the PUBS (purple urine bag ) which is more of a blue but urine always normal.
I'm the son and been caring for 15+years with mom first,i do hope someone can shine a bit of advice to help this.
Thanks
My Husband has had a catheter for about 18 months, it used to block every 3/4 weeks. Wash outs never worked so had to be changed fairly often. He now has a flip flow (tap above the leg bag) and I turn this tap off once a day for an hour or so, this lets the urine build up in his bladder, when the tap is turned on again the bladder is flushed as it would be naturally. Since this has been done we have gone the 12 weeks until routine catheter change 3 times. My Husband does have plenty of fluids, at least 2 litres a day. Husband takes water tablets so I try and turn the tap off when I know bladder will fill well. However don't forget to turn tap on again! hope this might help.
Woodpecker wrote:
Wed Mar 06, 2019 2:26 pm
My Husband has had a catheter for about 18 months, it used to block every 3/4 weeks. Wash outs never worked so had to be changed fairly often. He now has a flip flow (tap above the leg bag) and I turn this tap off once a day for an hour or so, this lets the urine build up in his bladder, when the tap is turned on again the bladder is flushed as it would be naturally. Since this has been done we have gone the 12 weeks until routine catheter change 3 times. My Husband does have plenty of fluids, at least 2 litres a day. Husband takes water tablets so I try and turn the tap off when I know bladder will fill well. However don't forget to turn tap on again! hope this might help.
Hi and thanks for your advice,i do you what you are saying here but because dad do pass anything a lot in the day like he can go a good 5 hours and nothing in his bag then a small amount if any comes so it still would not build up,a lot of elderly i have been told are like this as most of us anyway don't do anything every 2 hours anyway,to be honest i have been told by nurses its best to leave it flow but i have to say i do know where you are coming from.
I have not been a big fan of the wash out just for 1 reason,if there are bits in the tube its pushing it all upto 3 small holes so there will be a lot that could block it anyway.
Say from 5 in the morning upto 2 in the afternoon dad will have 1 litre and a mug for his tablets on the morning so around 1 1/4 then his other tablet mug at 5 on the night,he has also been told although tea is a fluid don't add it to you daily limit.
Has anyone ever heard of this pipe cleaner or something like it as this item i looked at is not a pipe cleaner its a very fine rubber lace which fits inside a size 16 catheter and not a tight fit (same as like a hifi fine wire aerial) but its all hollow like a tube.
Also as anyone got any knowledge on this purple/blue bag which will come back after a week or so after having catheter done.
We never at all ad the blue bag only after around 4 to 5 years after having the catheter so make me think this is connected to the more stuff in the bladder.
I thanks you all on here for trying to help and i will keep looking at stuff to help this in where i can as i change the bag and stuff.
Never heard of pipe cleaner thingy to clean catheter, I don't think I'd be confident to try. Do the district nurses come out, they are usually very helpful with information on catheters. Do you mean the actual leg bag turns blue in colour after a few days? this sounds odd. I'd ring district nurses. Best wishes
Sorry, I've just reread your post, the leg bags we use are not coloured, but I don't think the leg bag being blue could cause blockages?
Woodpecker wrote:
Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:43 pm
Sorry, I've just reread your post, the leg bags we use are not coloured, but I don't think the leg bag being blue could cause blockages?
Hi and thanks for the reply.
Its were the urine sits after a time,say dad had a new catheter then a week or 2 after you can see the bag tube and where it comes into the bag turn like a blue/purple which a lot puts it down to medication or infection,medication has not changed and after urine check no UTI,if you look online its called PUBS,why i say could be connected is i have read if more Debris then more chance of getting blocked and this is a higher amount of a certain chemical in the urine which will cause more bacteria Hence more Debris.
Yes the nurses come out every Monday and if needed and did mention a few things about this unblocking by other ways as when the catheter is out which i keep a few old ones to look at its just a slight push of this small tube to loosed it and it flows again as you cant squeeze the tube when inside the body,i would of thought there would be more ways to loosed a blocked catheter as this don't touch the skin and is washed a lot before tried,not tried it yet just read about stuff as nurses said this is becoming a bigger problem blocked catheters and also dark blood is very common like a dark red wine which we get a lot and all been tested and just leave it for a week or more which through time it does clear.
The main 3 things im trying to sort is 1...anything to dissolve the Debris(drink) 2...unblock rather than a flush 3..this purple bag.
I was told by nurses to ask and try on here and thanks a lot for the advise but im still stuck with these 3 problems.
Jason, have you noticed that your post has had 200 views already?!
Hi Jason, sorry no more ideas. I can't see the pipe cleaner thing working as the hole that the urine goes through in tube in bladder is offset, so you would not be able to push debris out of the end, if that makes sense, I have no idea of anything that could be drunk to clear urine either. I would have thought district nurses would have more ideas? Best wishes