Last week I spent a few days in hospital for my regular annual check-up with some endoscopic inspections of my lungs and my digestive tract, sonography, CT, lots of blood samples being taken and a few other diagnostics. Aside from the usual inconveniences like being bored to death when you don’t have anything scheduled, being stuck in a room with three other strangers, odd times for the meals (dinner is always so early) and having to share a shower with multiple people (in fact half the station in this case), this time I was smart enough to avoid one big annoyance and pulled off a B.Y.O.D.. While this has become synonymous for “Bring your own device.” as in allowing people to use their Internet-enabled devices at their workplace and even hook them up to the corporate network, appropriately for me this of course translates to “Bring your own diaper.”.
Yepp, when it comes to people that are already suffering from some form of incontinence issue, hospitals tend to be rather unprepared, at least here in Germany. Most notably they have some sort of “standard” diaper they order in bulk via their supply chain. Those are not necessarily the best products on the market in the first place and to further reduce costs, they often are only available in one “universal” size (usually a size L) and one level of absorbency. The only choice you then are left with is whether you want a pull-up pant or a conventional briefs style product. At the place they were using breathable Abri-Form/ Abri-Flex and seemed to be transitioning to the current not so great Kolibri Comslip. One nurse even mentioned that she wasn’t quite satisfied with the “new” diaper.
Of course there is a certain rationale behind this policy which makes sense when seeing their side. Patients being under permanent supervision would be expected to get regular changeovers every few hours (including possibly changing the sheets and blanket of the bed when necessary) and when staying in bed all day and being carted around with it or a wheel chair the issue of the right size or additional fixation may be less relevant. That and of course that for heavy cases of urine incontinence or immobilized people they would use urethral catheters to make their job easier.
Anyway, I had a pack of Molicare Super Plus with me and thus could relax, not having to rely on any of this. Suffering from a few cases of my usual diarrhetic issues even in the hospital plus by my stomach needing to get used to the different food as well as not being allowed to eat on some days in order to stay clean for diagnostics, I was quite happy to have my own padding, if only in a pre-emptive sense. Nothing worse than “cracking one off” to get out all that air and dirtying up your underwear, if you get my meaning. ;-) So if you have similar issues, do the smart thing: B.Y.O.D.!