Mind over Bladder

My bladder seems to have a mind of its own. It has its own schedule and it is in complete control, even in its lack of control. There is no reasoning…no mind over bladder.

I stood up from my desk at work, heading to the copy machine. That’s when it hit me and the jingle from a catchy commercial began playing in my mind. “Gotta go, gotta go, gotta go right now!” Our bathroom is across the hall and requires a code. As soon as I get to the door, not in the door, I'm internally shouting to my bladder, “NO! WAIT!! It's not time!!!”

I made it inside the bathroom but in my haste; fell in the stall, my only saving grace being the wall that caught my fall. Although I had not found my seat, I was steadily emptying my bladder. Thankfully, I had conceded to wearing the pads my husband had thoughtfully picked up from the drug store. At that moment, I felt nothing close to being “poised”.

I am among the high percentage of Multiple Sclerosis patients with bladder dysfunction. I go from hesitancy to urgency and battle UTIs very frequently. UTI’s can cause MS flares, and undetected infections can be dangerous, thus making bladder health extremely important.

My urodynamic study is just ahead, and although I am not looking forward to the procedure itself, I am looking forward with hope for answers. I am ready to take back control of my life. I have grown weary of my bladder being the dictator.

At this point in my life, beaming confidence is largely a matter of mind over bladder control. -Josh Stern


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