It happened that, only about six weeks after my bladder control abandoned me, I was scheduled to take my daughters on a three week trip to Europe. Fun!
Well, yes, of course. But my new IC situation certainly created a couple of complications. First, since we were going to be in the same hotel rooms for weeks, I pretty much needed to tell them. So I did, and they were good with it: much relief. However, that only eliminated an emotional issue. The physical one was still there: I needed diapers for a three-week European visit that would span several countries.
I tried to research diaper availability in those places but was unable to pin it down. (No bad pun intended.) Ultimately what I decided to do was this:
I ordered Abena M4's and Tena Slip Maxis, figuring I could bring some of each with me. However, the Tenas did not arrive on time, so I had to settle for lesser diapers. I ultimately brought two full bags of Abena M4's and another full bag of I've-already-forgotten-what-kind. I knew I'd rely on the Abenas and use the others to fill in until I could buy something else.
End of Week One:
I found that the lack of normal hydration and the excessive walking combined to make me urinate less, though I still had no clue when it was coming and no control of it when it did. I was only using about 3 diapers a day. Very helpful. Still, I was running out by the time we hit the second week. Shopping time!
Could not for my life find anything decent in an Irish pharmacy. Had to settle for a European house brand I'd never heard of at the equivalent of $2.50 a diaper. At least I bought a few more days.
I needed to get something here to last the rest of the time, as it was the last place I'd have anyone who spoke the language. We went to a drugstore (Apotek) where once again they had nothing worth anything on display. My friend, though, said you had to ask to see the good stuff. So she did. And we were led into a back room where several flip-panels of diapers and pull-ups were shown to us. None were what I was hoping for--where was the Tena Slip Maxi????--but I did find a good looking "pant" (pull-up) from Tena that seemed very strong and I bought that. Again, $2.50 a diaper. But now I had what I felt were enough to get me through.
The plane home:
I saved one M4 to wear on the plane home, though I had run out of the rest almost two weeks earlier. There was no way I was going to face a seven-hour flight without that diaper. And this time, the seven-hour flight ended up beginning with a four-hour stranded on the tarmac adventure, so it was even MORE important to have the good one on. (And, yes, that M4 made it the whole 11 hours without leaking!)
Buying diapers in Europe is not easy.