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What to do if You Lose Control in Public

What to do if You Lose Control in Public

February 15, 2012

Losing bladder control in public is an issue that happens occasionally to mature individuals. The old stigma of being thought of as a geezer or a crone is long gone. Nowadays, a lot of people have the occasional accident that no one will ever even know about. One of the biggest secrets of keeping your cool even when your bladder decides not to obey orders is to wear the right kind of incontinence underwear. Of course, planning ahead is also pretty useful. Perhaps the most important thing you can do is to avoid getting stressed out over what is really a small issue.

Plan Ahead

As the old saying goes, failing to plan is the same as planning to fail. While you may or may not want to carry an extra pair of pants everywhere you go, doing so could be useful if you have an especially powerful leak come up. Doing this is an extra minute or so of work, but it will give you a lot of personal security.

Of course, you should also be keeping up a regular bathroom schedule. Maybe you could go three hours between trips to the restroom at 18, but you’re not 18 anymore. And most people who do that are either in pain half the time or are ridiculously dehydrated. You need water, especially as you get older. So drink tons of water, visit the restroom every half an hour or so, and accidents won’t happen as often.

Stay Calm About the Situation

There is nothing dignified about flying off the handle. Don’t become a cliché that kids mock about “old people” getting mad just because something doesn’t go their way? If your retirement savings are being as lazy as most people’s are and your home is worth about what you paid for it in the 70s, you really have bigger things  in  life to tick you off.

Besides, letting your emotions get the better of you over an accident will just make you stressed out. This can cause another accident, since bladder control tends to get worse for anyone in a high-stress situation. Letting your emotions get out of control will just tire you out.

Wear the Right Undergarments

In case of an accident in public, there’s one way to solve the problem that’s deceptively simple. Wear the right kind of undergarment. Don’t bother with the throwaway “diapers” that are going to have you waddling around like a baby designed so you can hardly move in them. A proper leak-proof undergarment looks and feels just like ordinary underwear. Plus, you don’t have to throw it away in the event of an accident — you can just wash it.

If your budget is a little tight, a few pairs of Wearever’s incontinence panties or incontinence briefs in your drawer can give you a lot of peace of mind. If an accident happens in public, the three layers of absorbency will keep you from drawing any attention to yourself. You won’t have to throw away any “diapers” or change your pants, either.

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