Lately I’ve had trouble emptying my bladder and I’ve been worried about it even though it wasn’t causing me discomfort. (I’m telling you about my peeing problem because the solution is so common-sense and easy that it may help you someday). Last Sunday our friends Joe and Sheila were visiting. Joe is a well-respected urologist in Muskegon so I thought I would ask him about my bladder problem. Joe explained that if we don’t empty our bladder each time we urinate, the leftover urine may harbor bacteria that could eventually lead to a urinary tract infection or having to get a catheter. He explained that as the muscles in my stomach get weaker it will get more difficult to push the urine out so he suggested that we try a simple procedure to see if it works. He told Mark to put a couple fingers on my lower belly and as soon as I start to urinate apply some pressure on my bladder until it is empty. This simple procedure worked great. Thank you, Dr. Salisz. Hopefully I will stay infection free for awhile.
ALS doesn’t discriminate which muscles it attacks. Eventually it gets to all of them.