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A story in last week’s New York Times tells the tragic story of a new mom, Cindy Wachenheim, who last year jumped to her death from an eighth-story window with her ten-month old son strapped to her chest.
In a bizarre twist, her body cushioned the boy’s fall. The boy survived and is now taking his first steps.
Cindy’s family is now breaking the silence.
According to the article, everything was fine until about four months after the birth. Then Cindy began obsessing over her boy’s condition. Somehow, she convinced herself that the boy had brain damage and that she had caused it. She took the baby to one specialist after another. They found nothing wrong.
By now, her family was growing worried. Her sister urged that she get counseling. Cindy agreed. She did receive counseling. She also saw a psychiatrist, who prescribed Zoloft. But she insisted that she did not have maternal mental illness. S...
Incontinence can be caused by at least eight different urinary issues. Sounds like a lot, huh? I hadn't any idea about this until I investigated it myself. With my multiple sclerosis I know that my brain sends messages that become faulty (due to damaged nerves) and my bladder sphincter sometimes doesn't open or more often it wants to open frequently, which causes issues of incontinence.
What follows is a basic rundown of the types of incontinence:
This is the need to frequently urinate, with urgencies more than seven times a day or twice during the night. This is most common in older adults.
Weakened pelvic muscles, bladder walls, or urethral sphincter muscles, an enlarged prostate, and nerve damage can cause intolerable pressure on the bladder, causing urinary leakage. This condition is most common among women and it's often a result of pregnancy/childbirth.
My husband is my main support system when it comes to my multiple sclerosis and accompanying incontinence. So I've taken some time to interview Bill to bring his thoughts and opinions to this forum:
Q: In what ways do you think we've both been most impacted by my incontinence?
A: One of the main ways that we've been impacted has been with the increased difficulty we have trying to plan trips, especially day trips that involve going some distances. We find that we have to plan our route carefully in order to make certain that there are available restrooms. This means we need to stick to using main roads and avoid more remote, out-of-the-way routes. Also, it's necessary to be certain that you don't have any large meals or a lot of liquids just before we go. You also need to make sure that you use the bathroom right before we leave, no matter what.
Q: Do you worry about my incontinence getting worse over time?
A: Naturally, ...
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