May. 25, 2021

STAND UP FOR YOURSELF!

For as long as I can remember, it’s been traditional for females--“to sit down” and males--“to stand up”.  I’m talking about urinating or….as most ladies say: ".... to pee-pee.”

I like to share information that’s proved valuable for me. Back in the sixties, after a series of painful bladder infections, tests showed I had a massive kidney stone in my right kidney. Surgery was imminent and there was a strong possibility I could lose my kidney.  Desperate for a second opinion, I met with a leading Kidney Specialist in Houston, Texas. He wasted no time recommending Dr. Jimmy Headstream, located in Little Rock, Arkansas, as the best Kidney Doctor in the South to perform my much-needed surgery.

Before leaving Houston, the Kidney Doctor shared some valuable advice.  He said he’d been studying the history of kidney stones and bladder infections among women of all ages.  He stated, emphatically, that women should NEVER sit to urinate. Sitting causes both the kidneys AND the bladder to fold-- to never empty completely.  He strongly advised me to always stand up--to straddle the toilet—when urinating. In other words:

Women--STOP sitting to “pee-pee”! Stand up and completely-empty your kidneys and bladder to avoid potential stones and urinary infections.  We know its more sanitary to stand when using a public bathroom BUT standing should become a habit when-ever you pee-pee.  AND---if you don't already use them---start-routinely exercising the  pelvic muscles located directly "at and around" the opening of your bladder!  Don't accept the old wives tale that...having babies and growing older...will cause you to be incontinent!  Not True!  DON'T AUTOMATICALLY SURRENDER to Depends (Adult Diapers)!!!!! Exercise the muscles between your legs so they will "tighten-up" and  work!!!! Those muscles aren't dead---they are just lazy and need daily workouts!!!!!  And the same is true for the muscles in and around your vagina.  

Yes, I trusted this well-known doctor and….from that day forward….I stood up to pee pee! That was almost sixty years ago.  The Little Rock Doctor saved my kidney and I credit the Houston Doctor’s advice for keeping me free from stones and infections--all these years later.

I can’t remember the name of the Houston Doctor but…I can never forget my wonderful Little Rock Surgeon and Urology Specialist, Dr. Jimmy Headstream. 

Okay…I hear you laughing!  Yes, his name was really--- Dr. Headstream.

Ladies...it's never too-late to find a " better way."

Sally