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Date Posted: Sunday, June 17, 2012, 12:31: pm
After an angiogram where the tube was inserted in the groin at the junction of the torso and the leg the patient has to lie almost absolutely flat and still for some time. The recovery nurses get upset if you even try to raise your head.
Years ago the length of time was several hours. More recently by usng some newer methods of sealing the artery incision the time spent lying still has been reduced to about an hour or two. However the patient has to urinate because he needs to eliminate the medications and dye that was injected to allow the doctors to see the arteries, the blood flow around the heart and the blockages.
I have had this procedure more than ten times over the last 15 years.
The patient will have a IV in his arm and water dripping into the blood stream so usually after a half hour or so the urge to pee becomes increasingly strong.
A nurse will have been close by, checking and rechecking the incision location for bleeding and actually holding a thumb or forefinger (In tht position I never could see which finger !) putting pressure on the dressing over the incision site.
Whenever I have mentioned needing to pee the nures has gotten one of those urine plastic containers, set it in place and put my penis into the opening.
The first thing is that during those times I have never managed to achieve a real boner because of the medications, blood thiners and blood pressure reducers, but will have the swelling of a half erection. I can feel it sometimes expanding and almost rising up just a bit.
Second, despite the feeling of needing to urinate it seems that my kidneys become bashful for ten or fifteen minutes despite my being something of a voyeur and exhibitionist at times, meaning that while she has been holding her hand in my groin and the little cloth that is alwasy initially put over the genetals has slipped to the side, I enjoy being exposed especially when a second nurse enters the curtained alcove to see how thng are going.
That also means that the container will shift a bit so that for the hour or so, or longr,she is continually watching to see that the penis is in the opening and re-adjustig things as needed. To make sure the urine is not sprayed all over the lower part of the gurney the nurse may, actually hold the penis while I pee, but sometimes that is not necessary.
And after the bladder finally lets the fluid flow and the container is emptied, the nurse or her assistant will use a tissue to wipe off any droplets before they drbble down around the testes, in which case they are also wiped dry.
Usually they start off going to the trouble of potecting the patients modesty, but after a while the nurses I hav had seem to have given up and just left the area below my navel exposed because she has enough to do without worryig about covering a penis that for the last half hour she has been seeing and manipulating.
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