On October 18th, I began my voiding trial. Obviously I was a little anxious, but I tried not to think about it as I waited for my bladder to fill after plugging the catheter. And then, the moment of truth…
THE FISTULA REPAIR WORKED!!!!!
To say I was relieved is a bit of an understatement. I was that along with elated, euphoric and in awe that I was no longer peeing from two places. I let Dr. Safir and Grainne know via email immediately.
My bladder woke up a lot quicker after this surgery. I am not sure if that was due to taking less ditropan, having had a catheter before, or both. I kept the catheter plugged the rest of the time and did not use my catheter bag again.
In terms of looks, everything was healing well. I did have a moment of “Oh my God, is my penis shorter?!” between weeks 3 and 5. Because I had those feelings last time, I knew how to better cope this time. Of course my penis wasn’t shorter, it was just not relaxed because healing was going on. That sorted itself out between weeks 5 and 6.