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Peter

Peter was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1993. From about 2003 he had a problem of incontinence so started intermittent self-catheterisation, which he found much better than an indwelling catheter. He uses a Conveen during some of the day.

  • Background

    Peter was a specialist fire safety advisor for the NHS before he retired. He is married and has two adult children. Nationality/ethnic background: White British.

  • Age at interview 66
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Narelle

    Narelle cared for her husband David at home until it became too difficult. He'd had a major stroke and, later, needed care from four carers. He now lives in a residential care home where Narelle visits him every day. He has a suprapubic catheter.

  • Background

    Narelle is married and has 2 adult children. She is self-employed. Ethnic background / nationality: White British.

  • Age at interview 69
  • Sex/Gender Female
  • Pat

    In 2008 Pat's husband, Rob, was diagnosed with cauda equina syndrome and thrombocytopenia. He was very ill and needed a urethral catheter. Pat helped to care for Rob while he was in hospital and she has cared for him since he returned home

  • Background

    Pat is a registered nurse (RGN), but is not working at the moment because she is a full time carer. She is married and has six grown up children. Ethnic...

  • Age at interview 69
  • Sex/Gender Female
  • Annie

    Annie had a horse riding accident in 2002, aged 54. She was paralysed and fitted with a urethral catheter. Later she had a suprapubic catheter. Some time after her accident, Annie became high sheriff and is now a trustee of Southern Spinal Injuries Trust.

  • Background

    Annie is married and has 3 adult children. She is a retired nurse. Ethnic background/nationality: White British.

  • Age at interview 64
  • Sex/Gender Female
  • Frances

    Frances started having problems with her health at the age of 35 when she was pregnant with her daughter. She was later diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. About 5 years later, around 1986, when she was aged 40, she was fitted with a suprapubic catheter.

  • Background

    Frances is married and has an adult daughter. She is a retired hairdresser. Ethnic background/nationality: White British.

  • Age at interview 64
  • Sex/Gender Female
  • Stuart

    Stuart broke his neck in 1997, aged 47, when he fell into a river whilst on a fishing trip. He became tetraplegic. He worked with an organisation that designed a leg bag emptying device powered by his wheelchair. He has a suprapubic catheter.

  • Background

    Stuart is retired. He is separated and has 3 adult children. Ethnic background/nationality: White British.

  • Age at interview 61
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Roger

    In 2007 Roger broke his neck in a trishaw accident in India. He had a urethral catheter for a while. Then his doctor insisted that this should be replaced with a suprapubic catheter. He is often given conflicting advice about his catheter. Catheter changes can be difficult.

  • Background

    Roger was a university lecturer before he retired. He is married. Ethnic background/nationality: White British.

  • Age at interview 66
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Peter Y

    In 1969, Peter had a car accident and broke his neck. He became paralysed and lost use of his limbs and torso (tetraplegia). After using a condom catheter for over 30 years, he was fitted with a urethral catheter. Peter lives with a full-time carer.

  • Background

    Peter manages the 21st Century Catheter Project website and is single. Ethnic background/nationality: White British.

  • Age at interview 65
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Sara

    Sara has multiple sclerosis (MS). One day in 1999 she found she could not pass urine. Since then she has had a urethral catheter. She manages it by keeping it clean, drinking copious fluids, having bladder washouts and taking nitrofurantoin, citricidal and cranberry.

  • Background

    Sara retired due to ill health. She worked within public relations, advertising, special events and exhibitions for the retail and charity sectors. She lives with her partner. Ethnic background/nationality: White...

  • Age at interview 60
  • Sex/Gender Female