I was boiling the catheter so it would soften and slide in easier and cause less pain. I wait for it to cool down to room temp before using it. However that stopped working for me so now I’m back to freezing. I’m also finding luck with a smaller catheter- although it takes forever with the smaller holes.
A large part of my issue is waiting too long to intubate like LadyTay said. I just started back working and I’m not comfortable intubating away from home yet. Even when I don’t wait it’s painful and zaps my energy. I’m worried that I’d have to leave work if I tried.
Since I’ve had so many surgeries that my surgeon believes that I have an aggravated nervous system. My nerves are very sensitive. When I intubate my pain is in my back or my chest or my neck - nerves firing everywhere. So my situation is not at all normal.
I’m approaching my 1 year anniversary- the timeline I gave myself to either feel normal-ish or figure something else out. Not sure what I’m going to do...
Thanks for all the feedback!