When they do surgery on a man and remove his prostate, he has to train a muscle (Kegel) to cut off the flow of his urine. Sometimes he forgets to tighten up this muscle when standing up or sitting down, and a little urine leaks out. This is why the man without a prostate must wear a thick pad, and change it four or five times a day.
They surgically removed my prostate in November 1999. When they removed my catheter three days later, urine went everywhere. The doctor then explained to me what I had to do to control this flow.
I had to buy a package of women’s thick sanitary napkins, hereinafter referred to as pads. When I got up in the morning, it would be soaking wet and stinking. During the day, I had to take numerous showers to wash off the pee, then change my clothes. I was embarrassed about this, and never told anybody about what was happening to me.
About December 1999, I was in church. I had to stand up and sit down three times that morning. Each time, I leaked a little. My pad was filling up.
Church was finally over. As I walked out the front door, I felt something sliding down my left leg. I knew immediately what it was, but it was too late to do anything about it.
I let it slide all the way out of my pants leg and onto the concrete. I looked around and no one was looking, so I just stepped away from it and never looked at it again. I walked off to my truck and acted like I didn’t see it lying there.
What was I supposed to do? Pick it up? Go inside and get some tissues and pick it up? Put my foot on it? Put it in my pocket? None of the above.
If I had picked it up, I can just imagine what the ladies of the church would have said:
“Did you see Brother Jim pick up that dirty Kotex this morning?”
“Yes, I did. He put it in his pocket and took it to his truck! Isn’t that awful?”
How long would it have been before the whole church membership said, “Don’t have anything to do with Brother Jim. He’s nasty. Did you hear what he did? He picked up a dirty Kotex in front of the church and walked off with it. I’ll never shake hands with him again!”
I think I did the right thing that morning. If you have a problem you can’t take care of, just walk away and you won’t have to worry about it ever again.