Catheter Connection

5 Things to Look For in an Ostomy Supplies Provider

by Jessica June 25, 2015 09:51
If you’ve had a colostomy, ileostomy, urostomy or any other form of ostomy procedure, then you need the right kind of supplies for your specific condition in order to maintain your health and well-being. But finding the provider for your supply needs can sometimes feel like you’re searching through a maze. Not all medical supply companies are equal.



Here’s what we recommend you look for:  
  1. Direct billing to your insurance. There is no reason you should have to deal with the insurance company after every purchase. Find a company with knowledgeable billing staff that specialize in third-party billing and will bill your insurance directly, meaning less paperwork, less time of the phone, and less headache for you.
  2. Respectful discretion. While having an ostomy is nothing to be ashamed about, it’s not necessarily something you want to explain more than you have to. That’s why you should be able to count on protection of your privacy by your ostomy supplies company, from discreet packaging to careful policies in who they talk to and what they disclose, especially when calling their customers.
  3. Free home delivery and well-stocked inventory. Local pharmacies may not always have the items you need readily available, plus you'll have to pick up the items yourself most of the time. When it comes to necessary medical supplies, you need a company that you can really rely upon to have the supplies you need and deliver them direct to your door.
  4. Friendly, live customer assistance. How much do you loathe automated customer service lines with long hold times and automated menus, and then when you finally speak to a representative, you’re treated like just another number? An ostomy supplies company that truly cares about their customers will not force people to talk to a robot or wade through countless menus. Instead, they’ll offer the ability to speak with a live human being during business hours right away, who can give you personalized, knowledgeable customer service.
  5. A supplier that will work with your physician. You may have been using ostomy supplies for years and know exactly what you need. Or you may be new to this and unsure which supply type is the best choice for you, due to the wide variety of ostomy supplies. Look for a company that will work with you and your physician directly to obtain any necessary prescriptions for your supplies and figure out what works best for your needs.  
180 Medical has provided superior service and quality catheter and ostomy supplies to customers for years. Give us a call or contact us on live chat to see why so many choose and stay with us for their much-needed supplies.

180 Medical Participates in 2015 Corporate Challenge

by Jessica June 23, 2015 15:00
At 180 Medical, we always jump at the chance to support and be a part of various community events and causes. This year, we had a great turnout of employees who participated in the annual OU Medicine Corporate Challenge to compete in various events, volunteer, and show up to cheer on their co-workers.

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The OU Medicine Corporate Challenge is a fun time that brings together various companies from the Oklahoma City area together to compete in games and raise money for the UCO Endeavor Games, a nationally recognized sporting competition for physically challenged athletes. 2015 is our fourth year in a row to be a part of the Corporate Challenge, which included various sporting events such as relay, volleyball, tug-of-war, basketball, and more.

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Check out the 2015 final results here, and we'll continue to update our blog on future events and information.



About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for nearly 6 years and currently holds the title of Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company!
 

Catheterizing in Public Restrooms

by Jessica June 10, 2015 08:02
bill f pictureMy name is Bill, and I have worked for 180 Medical for over 10 years. Nearly 26 years ago, I was involved in a motocross accident that rendered me quadriplegic. You can learn more about my story here. Over the years since then, I've been able to help and counsel others who are also dealing with life after a spinal cord injury. I am happiest when I am helping others, and these days at 180 Medical, I spend a lot of time just talking to our customers on the phone who are new to catheterizing.

One thing I get a lot of questions about is self-catheterization in public restrooms. Naturally, people new to cathing can sometimes feel a little unsure about this - from discretion to how to be as clean as possible while cathing. While some people can schedule their daily plans around their cathing routine so they can be at home when it’s time to self-catheterize, this can be limiting for those who travel, work, or have an active lifestyle. For most people, there’s not a guarantee you’ll always be at home in the comfort of your own bathroom when it is time to catheterize and empty the bladder. I’ve even spoken to some individuals who have skipped cathing to avoid having to do so in a public place, but this is not advisable, as you could be damaging your bladder and kidneys by holding urine in too long.

As a catheter-user myself, I thought I could help to shed some light on the best methods for self-cathing when you’re not at home. We hope this helps you with some ideas on how to make self-cathing away from home as easy and safe as possible.

Transporting Supplies

When planning to catheterize away from your home, whether traveling, working, or just having a day out and about, there are different ways of transporting your supplies with discretion and ease.
  • To make the catheter more discreet when carrying it, you can fold the catheter into a soft U-shape or wrap it around your hand into a circle. You just want to make sure you don’t get a kink in the catheter as this could make it difficult to use. We do offer a male length catheter that comes packaged already in a U-shape for those who don’t like to fold their catheters.  Some people are able to carry their supplies in a pocket. We also offer compact catheters, which may or may not be covered by your insurance (you can inquire with us to have your coverage verified).
  • For carrying supplies, I have heard of people using everything from their cases for eyeglasses to small bags. I talked to one gentleman who carries his supplies in a briefcase, so he has a hard surface to set his supplies on.
  • A lot of wheelchair users carry their supplies in a backpack and hang it on the back of their chair.
  • There are many different options in how to carry your supplies. With some time, you can find what will work best for you.

Sterile Preparation and Catheterization

When you are catheterizing in your own personal surroundings, you are not exposed to as many germs and bacteria that you could possibly encounter when catheterizing in a public restroom facility. You just wash your hands at the sink, go to your toilet or the area designated for your routine, and prepare your supplies accordingly.  

But when you are in a public facility, you never know what the surroundings will be like. It's important to keep the process as sterile as possible so that you can lower your risk of any infection.

Maintaining Sterility

Before you enter the stall, be sure to wash your hands with washing hands before catheterizationsoap and water. Once you have entered the stall, there probably won’t be a good, clean surface to set your supplies on. You could bring a paper towel from home to set your supplies on. Some people set their supplies on whatever they use to carry them in. You can sit on the toilet or in your wheelchair and prepare things in your lap.

The first thing you want to do is make sure your hands and the area of insertion are as clean as possible before inserting a catheter. You will have already washed your hands before entering the stall, and you may also want to use an antibacterial wipe to clean the area of insertion.

Often, if you are using a closed system or catheter with a kit, you will have wipes or swabs included to use. Some people like to apply some antibacterial gel on their hands as an extra precautionary measure. Many people also use gloves, which is especially helpful when you are in a public restroom. Often these are included with catheter kits as well. All of this would depend on what your insurance covers, however.

Lubricating Your Catheter

lubricating your catheterIf you are using a catheter with a lubrication packet separately, you may face a few more challenges than you might with an advanced product such as pre-lubricated catheters or catheters with insertion supplies.  

With time, you will figure out your own preferred method of applying lubricant to your catheter. Some people are able to tear the lubrication packet open at both ends and run the catheter through the inside of the packet to lubricate it. Some people have limited dexterity or strength, so opening the packet may require scissors which would need to be carried with the rest of your supplies.

Another option of application that I've heard is to open the catheter packaging, leave the catheter sitting inside and then apply lubrication to it. You can also open the catheter packaging about a third of the way down and squeeze the lubrication into the packaging and when pulling the catheter out drag it through the lubrication.

If you are using a pre-lubricated catheter, it should be ready to use right out of the packaging. Hydrophilic catheters will require application of water (usually included in a packet along with the catheter) in order for the lubrication to be activated. Some hydrophilic catheter brands include an easy handling sleeve to help you with handling the catheter and guiding it during insertion without actually touching the surface of the catheter tube.

Catheterization Process

Once you've prepped your supplies, sterilized your hands and the area of insertion, and made sure your catheter is lubricated, you are now ready to catheterize. Once you finish, you can then wipe off your hands and urethra and throw away the used contents in the nearest trash receptacle. Never flush a catheter, collection bag, wipes, or other catheterization accessories down a toilet.

180 Medical has one-of-a-kind catheterization instructional materials available for you to help demonstrate the catheterization procedure including easy-to-understand catheter videos and catheter insertion instructions. We have separate materials available for men, women, girls, and boys.

Have questions? Just give us a call or send us a chat online during business hours. Our staff of catheter experts will be ready to answer any catheterization questions you may have or walk you through the cathing process.  

 
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Bill has worked for 180 Medical for over 10 years. He loves getting to talk to our customers, sharing his first-hand experiences as a quadriplegic, and helping those with in-depth questions about self-catheterization. He enjoys spending time outdoors, as well as watching and attending motocross events. Learn more about Bill's story.

LoFric Catheters an Option at 180 Medical

by Jessica June 3, 2015 12:41
If you have some experience with catheters, then you probably know that the brand and style of catheter can make a big difference in terms of comfort and results. You may have even tried a catheter that was just not right for you at all, leading to discomfort and irritation. And that can be a real problem when you need to use a catheter multiple times a day. You want the catheterization process to be as smooth and comfortable as possible.  

180 Medical carries a wide variety of intermittent catheters from the leading manufacturers and brands available on the market today. We also have a well-trained staff of friendly, knowledgeable customer specialists who can help you with your catheter choice, based on your insurance coverage and personal needs. One of the many brands we offer is Wellspect's line of hydrophilic intermittent catheters called LoFric, which is available in models for men, women, and children. Formerly known as AstraTech, Wellspect has been making high-quality, innovative medical devices for over 65 years now.



The LoFric line of catheters offer a low-friction method of inserting your catheter as smoothly as possible. They are known for being more comfortable, easier to insert, and they do not require additional lubricant. That’s right – an irritation-free, smooth cathing experience without application of separate lubricant.

This is possible because of the catheter’s hydrophilic coating, which is bonded to the surface of the catheter tube. Once this coating is activated by a small packet of sterile water that is included with the catheter, it becomes super-smooth and ready to insert. Because the hydrophilic coating is bonded to the catheter, you can experience a comfortable, well-lubricated catheterization process from insertion to removal.

This is just one recommendation out of many high-quality and respected brands. What is your preferred line of catheter? Talk to your doctor and call us at 180 Medical to find the catheter that's right for you!

180 Medical Nominated as one of okcBIZ's Best Health Care Companies

by Jessica May 21, 2015 10:26
180 Medical is proud to have been nominated as one of the Best Health Care Companies in the 2015 Best of Business program, which honors local businesses in the Oklahoma City metro in 24 different categories.

"We feel this is a great privilege to be a nominee in the top 5 Health Care Companies, because this award is voted on by okc.BIZ readers," Sharon Hodnett, HR Director of 180 Medical, said. "Those voters are very likely people who directly interact with our company on a regular basis and are familiar with our dedication to quality service and customer care."

okc.BIZ held the Best of Business awards luncheon on Tuesday, May 19th, at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, during which the 2015 Best of Business winners were announced.


We were honored to be nominated as well as have a group of our employees in attendance at this annual event.

Thank you to each of you who nominated us and voted for us throughout the year! We aim to continue to offer our customers the best service experience possible and be a part of events benefiting our community.


About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for nearly 6 years and currently holds the title of Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company. Outside of work, she enjoys music, art, and spending time with her friends, family, and her dogs.
 

Reasons Why Many Choose the Bard Touchless Catheter Kit

by Jessica May 5, 2015 11:05
Anyone who has been using catheters for any length of time knows that not all of them are always comfortable for every single person. Finding the right catheter doesn’t only depend on size and length – you’ll also want one that is in the style most convenient for your needs while being easy to insert and remove with the most comfort. The specifics of what you need may vary depending on your gender, your condition, and your own sensitivity levels, but we feel confident that you can find the right catheter for yourself with little problems when you have a helpful staff of specialists on your side.

Here at 180 Medical, we carry a wide variety of intermittent catheters from the leading manufacturers and brands on the market today. We also staff well-trained customer specialists who can help you with your catheter choice, based on your insurance coverage and personal needs. One of the many brands we carry is Bard, a trusted leader in the medical supplies industry, and one of their products that many choose is the Bard Touchless line of catheter products.  



Bard is one of the most established medical device companies in the world, as they have been producing high-quality devices for over 100 years. One such quality product is their Touchless catheter kit line. A traditional intermittent catheter is a straight tube that you have to manually lubricate and then insert into your urethra to drain the bladder. The Bard Touchless Catheter Kit offers a more convenient method of self-catheterization, taking the mess and extra preparation of inserting a catheter.

The Touchless Catheter comes packaged, pre-lubricated, and ready to use, no manual handling of the catheter tube itself required. The insertion tip included helps the catheter itself bypass the first few millimeters of the urethra which is the area with the highest concentrations of bacteria. Thanks to the pre-lubrication, the catheter will slide in gently and easily with no actual hands-on contact with the tube, minimizing risk of infection. The kit also includes antiseptic wipes for cleaning the area before insertion and a urine collection bag.

This catheter, just like all products, may not be the best option for everyone across the board. But it is just one of our popular products that many people choose and love, as it presents an easier option for insertion with less prep as well as a more comfortable experience. Have you tried the Bard Touchless catheter kits yet? 

Contact us at 180 Medical with any questions that you have about these or our other products!

Interstitial Cystitis Resources and Connections

by Trish April 27, 2015 08:30
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If you have been following my Living With Interstitial Cystitis blog series, you know that last year, I was diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis, IC, and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction. You can learn more about Interstitial Cystitis with my prior blog posts ("My Personal Experience with IC" and "IC and Your Diet").

Due to the nature of this condition, many of us who have been diagnosed with IC can go through many emotions, including depression, anger, denial, grief, and a sense of overall isolation at times - as though no one else knows what we're going through. I can tell you firsthand that all of these feelings are perfectly normal to have, especially when dealing with a painful and personal condition such as Interstitial Cystitis. But I also know how helpful it can be when you start to reach out and talk with others who can relate to the feelings and issues you're experiencing.

Here are some great support options for you to begin exploring. Some of these are simply resources that you can use for your own education, others are various support groups and forums where you can connect with others. Feel free to share your own resources or links to blogs that you have found helpful in your own journey with Interstitial Cystitis.


Social Media Resources & Connections

YouTube

Interstitial Cystitis Network's YouTube Channel, run by Jill Osborne

Understanding Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome

Facebook

Interstitial Cystitis Association (ichelp.org)

Interstitial Cystitis: Living with IC Support Group

Interstitial Cystitis Network

My Invisible IC - Closed Group

Twitter

Interstitial Cystitis Network

IC Association

Bladder Health

Bladder Support

Life Beyond IC

Healthy IC Recipes

IC Today News

IC Dietitian, Julie Beyer (founder of ic-diet.com)

Pinterest

Interstitial Cystitis Association (www.ichelp.org)

Interstitial Cystitis Network (www.ic-network.com)

Healing Interstitial Cystitis (www.healingic.com)


IC Diet Questions & Recipe Sites

IC Diet

Interstitial Cystitis Association - Diet Information

IC Diet Introduction

My Food Style

Interstitial Cystitis Recipes Facebook Group

Cooking for Interstitial Cystitis

Support Groups & Forums

Interstitial Cystitis Association List of Local/State Support Groups

Daily Strength Interstitial Cystitis Support Group

IC Network Support Center

IC Network 24/7 Support Forum

Global Support Groups/Website listing
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Chronic Pain Support Group

American Chronic Pain Support Groups


Pain Connection Support Groups


Other Helpful Links & Websites to Explore

Voices of Hope Blog (Stories of hope, encouragement and success from the IC community)

Public Restroom & Travel Tips (ichelp.org)

Fitness & IC (ichelp.org)

The Echenberg Institute for Pelvic & Sexual Pain

Urologic Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome (UCPPS) Society

International Painful Bladder Foundation


Feel free to also explore our blog from the past in regards to Interstitial Cystitis and other bladder health-related topics.

If you have begun to use catheters as a related aid to your condition, you can turn to 180 Medical for a listening ear and professional, top-class service during this difficult time. We have a wide selection from all of the top catheter manufacturers. Contact one of our highly-trained, friendly specialists today, and we’ll be glad to help you find the right catheter for your needs.


trish
About the Author: 


Trish has worked for 180 Medical for four years as the Nebraska Office Coordinator. She lives in Nebraska with her husband and daughters.





  

Using Medicare to Pay for Your Ostomy Supplies

by Jessica April 22, 2015 12:39
We all know that ostomy supplies aren't always cheap when you’re paying for supplies out of your own pocket. Whether you've had a colostomy, ileostomy, or urostomy, it’s a must to have access to quality ostomy supplies that you can trust. You will need to have a supply of your ostomy equipment at all times, and you’ll want products and brands that you feel are most comfortable, most reliable, and easiest to use. You may have concern about what type of products or how many you can get when you are buying supplies out of your own pocket. But if you have Medicare, did you know that they cover ostomy supplies and that you may not have to pay as much out of pocket?  

ostomy 180 medicalMedicare is relied upon by millions of people for their essential medical supplies, including ostomy supplies. Medicare covers a portion of the cost of your supplies (typically 80%), so there is usually an out-of-pocket cost after they pay their portion, unless you also have a supplemental insurance plan. This is far less costly than paying cash for the supplies outright though. You may have to consider the supply limits within a 30 or 90-day range that must be followed in order to have Medicare pay their portion. Here are some tips for finding the right ostomy supply company  for your needs:    

  1. Choose a company that specializes in ostomy supplies. – There a lot of advantages to having a supplier that really knows its industry inside and out. Unlike companies that provide a wide range of supplies of all kinds, medical supply providers like 180 Medical have specialists that are rigorously trained to understand ostomy procedures, products, and the latest technology. They will also have the ability to keep inventory well-stocked in a central location for shipping. They will also have a wider selection of quality products, compared to limited inventory of local pharmacies.
  2. Seek out a provider that is accredited with Medicare. – When you get your supplies from a company that has adheres to the strict qualifications required in order to be accredited with Medicare, you can be assured that they are committed to offering the best quality care in the industry. 180 Medical is proud to be an accredited and contracted with Medicare, as well as ACHC-accredited. We are not only contracted with Medicare, but also with most state Medicaid plans and a variety of private insurance plans.
  3. Find a supplier that will handle billing your insurance for you. – You don’t want to have to deal with the hassle of turning in claims on your products for repayment. Quality ostomy suppliers like 180 Medical will take the time to interface with your physician and your insurer to make sure you are getting the products you need covered.  
With these tips, you may be on the way to getting quality ostomy supplies that could be covered by your Medicare plan.

To find out if your supplies could be covered by Medicare or for other questions, call us at 180 Medical today at 877-688-2729.

7th Annual GODSA Wheelchair Basketball Tournament

by Jessica April 15, 2015 16:06
180 Medical recently had the privilege of getting to once again participate and sponsor the annual GODSA (Greater Oklahoma Disabled Sports Association) wheelchair basketball fundraiser. This event, which was held at the Oklahoma City University's Freede Wellness Center on April 9th, 2015, helps to raise funds to support disabled athletes.180 medical GODSA event 2015 pic 1

This is the 5th consecutive year that we've joined forces with OU Physicians to support this great tournament. We had a great group of 180 Medical employees and some of their families show up to cheer the teams on. We had a team of our own at play again as well.

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Each year that we participate, we have such a fun time, and we are all honored to get the opportunity to be a part of such a worthy cause.

About GODSA: The Greater Oklahoma Disabled Sports Association is an organization that supports recreational and athletic activities for adults and children with disabilities. Recreational and competitive events include basketball, track and field, swimming, road racing, table tennis, weight-lifting, and water sports. It promotes health and fitness and teaches life-long skills such as team effort, sportsmanship, setting goals, commitment and responsibility. Learn more at their official website or connect with their youth wheelchair basketball team, the Oklahoma Blaze, at their Facebook page.


About the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for over 5 years and currently holds the title of Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company! She loves writing, music, art, and & spending time with her dogs, friends & family.
 

Interstitial Cystitis and Your Diet

by Trish March 23, 2015 11:54
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If you have been following my Living With Interstitial Cystitis blog series, you know that last year, I was diagnosed with Interstitial Cystitis, IC, and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction. You can read my last blog post here.

When I began having symptoms of Interstitial Cystitis, I was in major denial about the condition. I thought there was no way the food I ate could affect my bladder, until I also started having flank pain. I was asked by my doctor to just try the IC diet to see if it helped alleviate my pain. Before some testing I had to undergo for my kidneys, I was told to follow the diet strictly.

When I began this diet, it not only had affected my bladder pain but also had a direct effect on the degree of flank pain I had on a daily basis. I noticed that as I cut out more and more of the troublesome foods and drinks, the better I felt for longer periods of time.

Before I started, I drank a full pot of coffee every morning, three diet sodas (containing both aspartame and saccharin) per day, frozen and processed foods, chocolate, and pretty much anything else I wanted. With the old standard diet, I had continuous symptoms. I had to come to a point where I finally decided that there is just no food out there that tastes good enough to keep me in pain and discomfort. I have cut out almost all of those problem foods now (with the exception of coffee, which I still have in moderation).

I am fairly new to my diagnosis with Interstitial Cystitis; however, I did have symptoms for a while before I actually sought medical treatment. Like many others with this condition, I have other medical conditions. From what I have researched, IC tends to cluster with other diseases and pain conditions. I completely understand how frustrating it must be for some who have long suffered from this extremely painful condition to take advice from someone who has not had suffered the symptoms long enough to give tips. While I understand how specialized and extreme the condition can be, I also must convey that this is not my only chronic condition. I see multiple doctors, including a rheumatologist, a nephrologist, a urologist, an orthopedic doctor (I had one hip replaced at age 36, and other joints are affected as well), and a general practitioner. I follow the IC diet strictly, which is one of the biggest reasons my symptoms remain as under control as they can be. They are never completely gone. I always have some degree of burning sensation or urgency, but with the diet it is tolerable.

You can learn more at ichelp.org, which gives full details about the diet, but the main foods to avoid are:
  • Alcohol 
  • Artificial sweeteners (aspartame and saccharin) 
  • Carbonated beverages (soda) 
  • Coffee  
  • Citrus 
  • Hot peppers and spicy food 
  • Yogurt or sour cream 
  • Tomatoes 
  • Soy 
  • Vinegar (including vinaigrette salad dressings ) 
  • Processed food 
  • Cured meats 
  • Chocolate (a really bad trigger for kidney stones as well, which I also have) 
  • Canned foods 
  • Grapes 
  • Sharp cheeses 
  • Tea 
  • Black and red pepper 
  • Horseradish 
  • Cinnamon (this is on the "try it" list, but is one that I personally have to avoid) 
  • Pecans   
There are entirely too many foods to list them all, and many are on the "try it" list. Pork is something, for instance, that always bothers me. It's definitely a food item I have to avoid. 

IC is such a personalized condition. Sometimes I can eat something one day, and it will not bother me, but the next time I eat it, it will. It can also depend on what else you had that day (food combinations), and if you are a female, it can even sometimes depend on where you are at in your menstrual cycle.

Since I started on the IC diet, I have cut out processed food. At my home, we make almost everything from scratch, cutting out boxed dinners and mixes. I no longer eat fast food or frozen dinners, which can be challenging on the nights when my daughters have school functions, but we have adjusted. I whole-heartedly suggest trying this diet to anyone who suffers from IC.

The elimination diet is easy to use, and it can help you to rule out foods, if you are unsure of which ones are irritating your bladder. It takes all of the willpower you can muster, but I promise it’s worth it to feel better! Cut all of the major triggers out, then slowly add food in one at a time.

As an added bonus, since starting this diet, I have lost about 30 pounds. I feel healthier than I have in years! My skin looks great, and I have more energy. The key is to make sure you get enough protein, fruit, and vegetables!

I still have some degree of symptoms even with the diet. This isn't a miracle cure, but it does help to ease the symptoms if followed. Although, for some, it can completely trish interstitial cystitis ic diet fruit smoothiealleviate most or all of the symptoms. It just depends on the person and the severity of their condition.

I thought it might be nice to include a recipe for a fruit smoothie that I drink for breakfast and lunch each day. My recipe includes bananas, although this is an item on the caution list. If you find that bananas bother you, you could try another type of fruit. You will need:
  • ½-1 whole banana (or substitute another fruit) 
  • 1 cup blueberries 
  • ½ cup raspberries 
  • 1 cup skim milk 
  • 1/2 tablespoon agave nectar 
As a personal preference, I use frozen berries, but if you use fresh, you might add an ice cube or two, depending on the consistency you prefer. Blend in a blender or magic bullet until smooth. Drink promptly.

Do you have any tasty recipes from the Interstitial Cystitis Diet that you'd like to share with us?

If you are experiencing symptoms of Interstitial Cystitis, just know you are not alone in your personal journey. Stay tuned to our blog for more posts, including my own experience and input on Interstitial Cystitis.

trish
About the Author: 

Trish has worked for 180 Medical for four years as the Nebraska Office Coordinator. She lives in Nebraska with her husband and daughters.