Last week I experienced a first. I wore adult incontinence pants. And you know what? I liked them!
It wasn’t an easy decision – mainly because I was a little reluctant to admit that I was now that person, the one who wore adult nappies. In my mind, they were only for the elderly. Adult incontinence pants for a woman like me? No, thank you.
But the truth was that I hadn’t been going about my normal life for quite some time due to my incontinence. I have multiple sclerosis, which means I have limited bladder control due to nerve damage, and when I have to go, it comes on all of a sudden and without warning. Imagine leaving the house when you risk emptying your bladder at any minute and with very short notice. That’s what I was dealing with.
Up until a week ago, if I really needed to go out, I would put an incontinence pad on, but it often leaked, which meant that I sometimes leaked onto my clothing or found little liquid stains on the chair when I got up. So, little by little, I started turning down social invitations, asking my husband to run most errands, and choosing to stay in more often. I was missing out on a lot of my life.
The tipping point for me was when my daughter invited me to my granddaughter’s birthday party at a roller rink. While I wasn’t sure I could get through the event without my bladder leaking, my granddaughter is growing up quickly, and I just couldn’t keep missing out on important events like this one.
I talked it over with my husband. He suggested I try a different kind of protection – adult incontinence pants for women. I was reluctant. I assumed they would be uncomfortable and so bulky that everyone would know I was wearing them.
Thankfully, I found ALWAYS DISCREET underwear in my local supermarket and I was very impressed. Not only were they comfortable, but they were not at all like the big, bulky adult nappies I had pictured in my head. They were thin, feminine adult incontinence pants for women like myself.
Secretly armed with my ALWAYS DISCREET adult incontinence pants on under my clothes, I went to that birthday party and had a blast! We took lots of pictures, laughed, and, boy, did I sing my heart out when that cake was brought out!
Now I wear them every day. As a result, I have started going out much more. Being there for my granddaughter on her birthday was the start of it. My husband and I have seen many films at the cinema, I’ve met some old friends for coffee, and next week I will be taking a long car journey to visit my sister. It feels great to have my life back. Adult incontinence pants have made my incontinence manageable without sacrificing comfort, discretion, or my dignity. Now my incontinence is just another detail of my life, but it doesn’t control me. Sure, a little bit of wee happens. But now I’m prepared!