What’s your favorite catheter code word?
Tubeage, deal, gimmick, gadget, equipment… These are some great code words I use for my catheter. You know, the terms you might use to reference your catheter around family and friends. The cool thing about the BCIR is that you really feel normal, as nobody can tell that you have this whole pooping through a tube thing going on. So, I’m not going to go around announcing catheters, intubate, pouch, or whatever. I like to have fun with the elements of my BCIR by using funny words, and masking any of the medical tools I may need to use by calling them by the name of my choice. Of course if I’m with my doctor, I’m going to want to use the correct words, or my BCIR doc might be sending me to the mental health department too. So if I’m heading out the door, and I forget my catheter, I’ll say, “Hold on, I have to get my tubeage!”