Just about everyone has a smartphone these days. Technology has risen to meet our many needs, even those we didn’t know we had. There are games, music programs, helpful tools, financial planners, and many apps specifically geared towards health, such as WebMD. But were you aware that there are some apps that could specifically help you out with your self-catheterization regimen?
As the slogan goes, “there’s an app for that,” so check out our short list of applications that may be a good addition to your smartphone today!
During your appointments, your treating physician may have recommended that you keep a record of how much liquid you’re drinking per day and/or how much and how often you are voiding your bladder. It may not sound like much fun to keep writing this information down in a big notebook or journal, but with this app, you can just type in each entry. Does the doctor want to see the record? This app easily converts the text you’ve input into a PDF file which can be emailed over to your physician’s office and included in your electronic medical
records. No paper waste necessary, and it keeps your voiding diary completely private.
Are you a wheelchair user on the go? This app is
specifically designed to find clean wheelchair-accessible bathrooms and parking
spaces for those in wheelchairs. Currently, this app has more than 30,000 locations spread over 45 countries, and more are added and verified by wheelchair users to make sure the information is correct. This is especially helpful for those on the go. Maybe you have a vacation you’d like to plan in advance, or you’re traveling for your job and want to make sure you’ll have parking and bathroom access. This may be the app for you.
Like UroBladder Diary, this chart allows you to input
the liquids you are drinking throughout the day and the amount of urine you are
voiding from your bladder. However, this version is specifically to record this
information over 2 or 3 days. Once completed, you can bring the chart to your
next appointment or email it. Again, this app is helpful for less paper waste
along with more privacy, because you don’t have to carry around a paper chart
or notebook with you.
One or all of these smartphone apps may offer some practical support to you even on a daily basis as a catheter or wheelchair user. Whether you need help finding clean, wheelchair-accessible bathrooms, staying on time with your prescribed self-cathing regimen, or measuring your urine output or more, it can all be at the mere touch of a button on your personal smartphone.