i use the lube jell. recently paid 18$ for box of 12, 4 oz each, on amazon. one tube lasts almost a week. that's much cheaper than using the single packets. checked and the packets are available on amazon.
i also use the nursing pads. occasionally i forget to take remove them before washing and what a mess for the rest of my laundry! kim might be referring to a different type. i go through two a day as i produce lots of mucus. to cut cost you can put a fresh one at night, cover your stoma with half a paper towel that's folded up several times and put the protective packaging from the pad between the pad and the towel. then, in the morning, you still have a fresh pad.
try putting the catheter in the freezer to lessen the flex. also, relieve your bladder, inhale, exhale, relax and then insert the catheter.
keep us posted. janet (formerly jlh--had sign in probs and set up new account )