There are certain aisles in a drug store that I just really don't want to walk down. The aisles that mean you have an age related problem. Aisles where people look at you and think yep, "She's hit Prime Pelvic Peeing Problem Stage." When do you confess to yourself that yes, my name is Matuschka and I have a bladder problem! Of course, just because you have a bladder problem does not mean its time for the Dreaded Depends. I refuse to wear them before purchasing a walker. I can hold "it" pretty long all day and I drink plenty of water. So things are still working pretty good for me down there. Now I have friends, (don't worry I won't name you) that I can be with at a two hour luncheon. I kid you not, they will go to the bathroom two or three times in that short span. I'm like jeez, what is your problem? That being said, I have no room to talk. I am the girlfriend that is laughing so hard when someone tells a joke, that I can barely make it to the bathroom without a few squirts. To be 40 something and wetting your pants in public is not pretty. And while Kegel Exercises can help many. It's of no use to those of us who gotta go go go just because we laughed, coughed, or sneezed.
Research out there states that there is a difference between Overactive Bladders and what I have, by not being able to hold it when I laugh or do jumping jacks. All the more reason to cut back on my work outs. At least that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it! Seriously, I can't hide depends under work out tights so I just power walk or do weights now. When I was training for a half marathon I used to cop a squat every few miles. Just not worth it, I would think to myself… What a hot mess. I am going potty in public all over the streets of St. Louis, because I can no longer hold my urine at midlife grrrrr. I just can't risk being caught with my pants down in a bush at my age. Don't think it was just me. Half the girls that ran with me carried toilet paper up their sleeve or in their shorts, at least all the ones over 40. If you love the sport, you gotta do what you gotta do. Note to self - Don't drink coffee before a run, you may have to do more than number one. Trust me I've seen it happen!
I have Stress Incontinence, no surprise there… more stress! Actually, it's not related to psychological stress, ha that's another blog! It's basically unintentional loss off urine do to some physical activity like laughing my arse off. I feel bad for the person who may have the overactive bladder also, Ruh Roh. It is possible to have both and more likely as you get older. You have to step back and look at what you eat, what you drink, and the medicines you are taking, making the dilemma a Catch-22. It always comes back to the same factors for all these aging ailments, what you put into your body. I feel that we will all be eating Fiber One, with dry unseasoned chicken breast and peas for dinner every night by the time we are 80. Lord help us! So next time you are in a public restroom and the person next to you has a never ending stream. They are the lucky ones, they can still hold all that liquid.
Keep looking forward so you don't miss what God puts in front of ya!
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