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  • One of my best friends,who has never ridden a bike,wants to take up mountain biking.I’m happy to advise him on bikes,but he is having chemotherapy,which has affected his continence,and now usesa sheath.Has anyone ridden with a sheath,or know anyone who does,and if so,how did you/they manage,particularly with regard to clothing?
    Ian

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    I guess you could say that i am incontinent due to a spinal injury but i’ve never used a sheath, i use intermittent catheterisation using disposable catheters (speedicath) whenever i want to empty my bladder which has worked fine for the past 25odd years – can your mate not carry a few of these on a ride and just make sure he stops every so often to empty his bladder.

    He might,they taught him self catheterisation before he started the chemo.Thanks Soma,I didn’t think of that.

    There may be differences between incontinence arising from a spinal injury (neurogenic) and that arising from sphincter damage or other issues arising from bladder cancer. If he’s had surgery they may not want him self catheterising atm.

    One thing I would say though is for your friend to have a word with the nurse specialist helping him with his urology products – there are many different types and makes.

    I went to a bladder and bowel education day the other week. One sheath was really impressive the guy demonstrating it put it on his thumb and his assistant pulled him (in his wheelchair) around with it.(not saying you’d do this when it correctly positioned – but it does show how good the adhesive is!)

    I can find the make of that as he said it could also be used without a bag if the loss was small as it had a little capacity in the sheath itself.

    It was the urology nurse specialist who taught him to self catheterise,at the request of the consultant urologist,as my friend was going to Spain for a holiday.His previously not very aggressive tumour has changed and is now aggressive,hence thee new treatment.My friend is normally fit and very active,he is a postman lol.

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