Infections and alarm
One unfortunate side effect of also having my penis constantly in a damp environment, was that I got fungal infections in that area. I found that baby bum creams were very helpful as they eliminated the itching, as well as dealing with the fungus. Over the counter anti fungal creams rubbed into my penis also helped a lot.
I was also alarmed by what would cause me to wee uncontrollably into a pad. Coughing was a nightmare – jets of pee would emerge with every cough. Any kind of physical exertion would cause me to spurt.
Adult incontinence – a social nightmare
I didn’t leave home very much for the first few weeks, I was uncomfortable with having to constantly change pads and worried that I would leak when in some public place. It was probably several weeks before I felt brave enough to venture out for a short drive, for a couple of hours. because the pads would get sodden, sometimes within hours. The prospect of changing pads in public bathrooms in the middle of the COVID pandemic was not welcome.
I remember friends coming to visit after a week. Sitting and chatting with them in my lounge was horrid – while sitting there, I could feel myself spurting out. When I stood up to go to the loo, another spurt would come out for good measure. I felt self conscious – of course only I knew what was going on, but being in a room full of people and feeling pee squirting into a pad is not a good feeling. Even though no-one else can see it – it’s just embarrassing to have what have been private bodily functions, like urinating, happening while you’re in a social setting.
Finding a way forward
I like measuring things, and this turned out to provide some way for me to track my progress over the last year. Look out for Part 3 of my story with lots of data.