The urologist said the term "paruresis" (which my Dr had used in referral letter) had stumped him and just as I was about to get on a roll and try to explain, he basically told me what the condition was - he'd done his research! I mentioned the site and I thought he was a bit dismissive at first but this was because he was concerned that I had "self diagnosed" myself with a behavioural/psychological condition when in fact I had a physical one, but after I assured him that this was not the case, and there were no correlations with my menstrual cycle, etc., he was confident in what I was saying.
And so...he had no problem with referring me to the senior sister who will teach me to self catheterise!! I'm sooo relieved and happy! finally after 7 years I'm going to get the "normal young person's life" that I've longed for for so, so long!
I know this isn't the only solution and I will definitely keep watch on this site for a beginners workshop that I can attend.
I was also brave enough to confide in one of my friends (i carefully selected which one!) and she was so understanding and even came to the hospital with me this evening, which was a huge help as I had a long wait and probably would have talked myself out of the waiting room!
I'm just overwhelmed that I've had this response...and hopefully this will help others too - there are doctors who understand!!
I'll update when my future appointment comes through, I'll probably be on here reading previous posts from females using catheters. I just hope my story can help at least one other person the way everyone's stories here have helped me!
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