Has anyone ever measured how much your bladder holds by peeing into something you can measure it with? I'm curious to know what the average amount someone can hold is.
The reason is, when I was in the rehab hospital, after the regular catheter was removed, and it was hoped that my urine would come out on it's own, (which it didn't for almost 2 weeks), they routinely used ultra sound to determine whether or not I needed to be catheterized again to drain my bladder. That was done 4 to 5 times in a 24 hour period. And if they went much more than 6 hours between, like when I was asleep, my bladder was so full they were afraid it would rupture before it drained. I have, or at least did have at that time, an extra large bladder. (It had been stretched out from years of holding my urine at work for long periods of time). And when it was full, they drained it into a measured container, and I sometimes had over 35 ounces of urine in there. This is documented in my records at the hospital. After the first 4 days, I told the nurses that I knew how to self catheterize, because they were killing me with there rough handling of my naughty bits. So I did it until I began to pee on my own again. I don't know why it took so long for my bladder to begin to drain again on it's own, but I was sure glad when it did. I hate catheters. Now, I don't think I hold nearly as much, as I'm no longer able to control my bladder, so I think it's shrunk back down to a more normal size.