5 Things That Make Your Bladder Angry

5 Things That Make Your Bladder Angry

No-one likes feeling under the weather, but wheelchair users are unfortunately prone to bladder infections which tend to occur suddenly. These are extremely uncomfortable, and the burning sensation when urinating, along with all the other symptoms, are very unpleasant. 
Considering I’ve been in a wheelchair for many years, I’ve picked up on a few things that either cause the infection or aggravate it even further. So, I’m going to provide you with 5 things that make your bladder angry, to ensure that you don’t pick up any nasty infections. 
Lemon Tea
Many people believe that lemon tea is great for the diet, and in most cases, they definitely are. But, I’ve found that it actually upsets the bladder if you drink too much of it. Now, this isn’t just relating to lemon tea; there are plenty of acidic fruits, such as pineapple, grapefruit, and lime, that will have the same negative effect. 
Therefore, I recommend that you don’t drink too much lemon tea, or incorporate too many alternative acidic fruits into your diet.
Caffeine 
You’re probably wondering how caffeine has ties to bladder infections in wheelchair users, right? Well, as you probably know, anything with caffeine in dehydrates the body a lot, which doesn’t allow the bladder to perform optimally. 
This could be things like coffee, green tea, and energy drinks, so it’s best to monitor how much caffeine you’re consuming. If I do consume caffeine, then I’ll make sure to drink plenty of water to compensate for the dehydration. Usually, this will be twice as much as my usual intake, so around four liters throughout the day.

Alcohol

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5 Things that Make your Bladder Angry
Again, alcohol is another one of those substances that quickly dehydrates the body as you drink it. Of course, we all like to enjoy ourselves and have a glass of wine or bottle of beer from time to time, but it’s important to consume enough water to keep your system hydrated. If not, you’ll most likely notice an infection the next day. 
So, I’m not saying you need to restrict yourself from living your life, but to prevent a bladder infection, have some water with you as well.
Public Toilets
Generally, public toilets are tremendously dirty, even if they may have a clean appearance. You see, there is a multitude of people that use public toilets, and it only takes one of them to pass on bacteria for you to pick up a bladder infection.
If you can wait till you get home, then that’s the best option. But, if you desperately need to go, then just make sure it’s clean because if you hold it in for too long, that could also cause infection.
Catheters 
Wheelchair users often use catheters to make it easier to go to the toilet. But, as you’re inserting it into your body, it’s crucial that you ensure it is clean before you use it. This includes disinfecting the catheter itself and also making sure your hands and body are spotless as well.
EXTRA TIP:
One last thing that can really help, is turmeric. Arguably, turmeric is the most powerful natural inflammatory in the world, and if you’re travelling, it can be convenient to just mix some turmeric into your drink. This will have a positive impact on your body, and you’ll notice the difference in your urine.
SAMANTA BULLOCK – PROOF THAT A WHEELCHAIR DOES NOT HAVE TO BE AN OBSTACLE

SAMANTA BULLOCK – PROOF THAT A WHEELCHAIR DOES NOT HAVE TO BE AN OBSTACLE

I had the honour to be featured on the Disability Talk Website. They have news about what goes one in the disabled world, interviews, and much more that you must know. Check them out! Here is part of my interview, for the full article please go to the website in the link: https://disabilitytalk.co.uk/2017/12/20/samanta-bullock-proof-wheelchair-not-obstacle/

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London Fashion Week

…With a background in fashion, I am passionate about inclusive fashion and leading a healthy and active lifestyle. I live in London and I am passionate about sharing my knowledge and life experiences to raise awareness of inclusion, fashion, and healthy lifestyles. I have been in a wheelchair since 1992 and played wheelchair tennis from 2003 until 2009 representing Brasil and winning a doubles silver medal at the 2007 Para Pan Am Games. …

 

Many people dream of a career of being a model. Not so long ago, a career in modelling would have been completely unthinkable for wheelchair users. As a model, I am subject to exactly the same demands as every other model. In other words, I have to be very disciplined when it comes to my diet, I have to be active, and, of course, I have to look after my appearance ….

Behind the Scars – The Making Of

Behind the Scars – The Making Of

In a world where everyone is running after perfection, it becomes difficult for many people to have a scar on their body. With high demands for perfection in women these days, having scars can lead to an inferiority complex in them, making them feel worthless and want to hide their scars. They start avoiding the crowd and feel insecure in public. They lose all sources of empowerment. A person’s physical health can very strongly affect his/her mental health is something the society needs to understand. It can affect their everyday working and routine and can be strong enough to destroy their relationships.

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Love my Body

Behind the scars is a project on which Sophie Mayanne started working in April this year. It started as an editorial for Petrie Inventory in August 2016Even as a child, Sophie was always fascinated by what made us all different from each other, and she started getting interested in peoples scars. She believed them all to be different, a part of peoples identity and a mark that differentiates them from all others. Sophie took this project as a platform to share her view of “more natural, more real.”

Her work has gained a lot of appreciation and acceptance from people around the world. It has given many people the courage to show their scars for the first time in public and to accept them. Many people now contact her to be photographed and be a part of the project.

One should have no shame in themselves. Scars are a part of our body, they define us, our past and tell our story. Our scars should be the celebration of our lives to understand that we went through something and made it through alive.  They tell the world about our fight and our struggles, about the storms we have faced in our life, what our history tells us and how we succeeded. It shows how we didn’t give up in a stressful condition. It shows that we are happy and we should be happy and at peace with our own body.

Sharing our scars with others helps others realise that it’s not something uncommon. It’s a part of being human. It gives them courage. It might help them help themselves. As, many people undergo mastectomy for breast cancer, after which many of them take years to get along with their routine life. While they should understand that their scars show their fight, it shows their success. They should be proud of it. We should stop criticising other people on their physical appearance, help them face it and shouldn’t make them feel alienated. We should come out of that falsely created sense of perfection, created by the fashion industry, film industries, and social media and accept the realities of people around us.

We can accept others and their difference only after we have accepted our differences and appearances. And as women, for others to accept us and respect us as we are, we need to respect ourselves first, which includes our scars. We need to take pride in them because, like many other things, they define us and serves as a marker of who we are.

Take a look at my youtube channel with all the making of my pictures as part of this project.

Love

Sam x

 

Channel 4 Behind the Scars.

Channel 4 Behind the Scars.

Hi guys,

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Samanta Bullock portrayed by Sophie Mayanne

The ‘Behind the Scars’ project continues to grow.  There will soon be a photo shoot in New York. In London, I gave an interview for Channel 4 and I would love to share with you some of the stories and behind the scenes action. The photographer Sophie Mayanne does not alter the photos in post-production.

It was great to be involved in this initiative alongside Kelly Jackson, Deborah James and Michele Elman all of whom appear in the video. Kelly sums up her feelings by saying  ‘I just want to show other people that it is not something to be ashamed of or embarrassed by.’

As Michele said ‘I would love to see a scarred princess,’ as scars are normally associated with villains.  Thanks to Sophie  for such an exciting initiative…’scarred not scared.’

You can follow all of us on Instagram: Deborah James (@bowelbabe), Michele Elman (@scarrednotscared), Kelly Jackson (@kellys_smile), Sophie Mayanne (@sophiemayanne & @behindthescars_) & Samanta Bullock (@samabullock).

If you had a scar would you consider to take pictures like these?

Best wishes

Sam x