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    As someone who has no experience with being IC, I wouldn't even say that I know a lot about wearing in general, I could be saying some things that could make me come across as someone intrusive with a brain constantly doing backflips. This is pure curiosity though. Something I thought of a few weeks ago. Again, coming from pure ignorance here.

    When an IC person has a low or even no income and/or relies on government assistance and is therefore tight on money, how does that play out in terms of buying diapers and other things? Because diapers ain't the cheapest thing in the world and can take out quite a lot of your income, but you also need to pay rent, buy food, etc.

    As probably many of the people here live in a welfare state and apparently have access to an internet connection, I don't expect too dire current situations, but if this has happened in the past when it came to a point of it being dire, I'd love to hear about how that affected this specific aspect of that situation.

    I still am not too familiar with the social dynamics of this website, so this might be completely out of line with what people normally ask and if it is perceived as such, this will be taken down for obvious reasons. It's just that these are the kinds of questions that generally interest me and given this is a forum, I thought why not ask directly.

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    This forum is not very active, so it may be a while before you get a response from someone who is actually IC. But I'll offer some possibilities.

    Incontinence, particularly bowel incontinence is a recognised disability practically everywhere. I'm not aware of any First World country that does not offer financial assistance for the disabled, even if it isn't particularly generous. And there's always charities. But depending on just how constrained your income is, there are various possibilities. One obvious way is to minimise changes by maximising utilisation of the nappy's capacity. Use plastic or rubber pants, perhaps with a bit of cotton, to absorb leaks, and then wear them until they are full. Alternatively, do the same with the cheapest nappies on the market, and just change regularly. You could get a "pocket nappy" and stuff it with baby nappies, since they are usually the cheapest form of nappy available, due to mass production. Use boosters, since they are cheaper for their capacity than actual nappies.

    However, in the most extreme situation, I suppose the only option would be cloth. Get plastic or rubber pants, then use old sheets, pillowslips, shirts and especially towels - any untreated cotton. If you're only bladder IC, you can get away with cold washing. I really can't imagine what to do if you're bowel IC, but as I indicated earlier, that's a serious disability, so I find it difficult to imagine that you wouldn't get any support.
    Last edited by Akastus; 08-Oct-2015 at 12:52.

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    I am on compassionate Social Security so I have very limited income but Medicare does not cover diapers unless in hospital or nursing home, Medicaid however supplies me with 3 cases of diapers 1 case of chux and rubber gloves every month ( I am in one of the few states that Medicaid will still pay for Tranquility ATN'SO so I wear those) the total monthly bill that Medicaid pays is $482.00 all of your incon supplies are free to you with no copay. I hope I helped with your question ? Anything that I did not cover feel free to ask!

    Tetra

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    Hello Finn,

    John here. I am medically double incontinent, wear 24/7, and will attempt to partly answer your questions from my own limited experience.

    Unfortunately, those most in need financially will be the most severely impacted by incontinence. With insufficient incontinence supplies or the diapers/nappies of marginal quality often provided by healthcare programs, those affected frequently suffer leaks, tend to restrict their activities, and become increasingly socially isolated.

    This particularly is true of those with bowel incontinence. Being bowel incontinent has been compared to being imprisoned or becoming a social pariah. The inability to find employment or hold a job because of incontinence guarantees the inability to afford quality diapers for protection and is a vicious cycle.

    As Akastus indicated, cloth diapers are the more economical option to disposables but initially are expensive. Old sheets and shirts as makeshift diapers are not sufficiently absorbent. Some incontinents, mostly women, sew their own cloth diapers as a much more economical alternative to purchasing them. However, cloth just is not a desirable option for anyone with moderate to severe fecal incontinence due to the significant laundering required. For many wearers, while cloth may be o.k. at home or for wear at night, it is not a viable option for wear in the workplace.

    As we are discussing the use of low-cost diapers, which frequently leak, the use of a diaper cover or plastic pants is absolutely essential. Of course, plastic pants always must be worn with cloth diapers.

    The total annual cost of medical incontinence is surprising to most people. One must consider not only diapers, but barrier creams, wipes, plastic pants, perhaps absorbent pads, etc.

    --John

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tetra View Post
    I am on compassionate Social Security so I have very limited income but Medicare does not cover diapers unless in hospital or nursing home, Medicaid however supplies me with 3 cases of diapers 1 case of chux and rubber gloves every month ( I am in one of the few states that Medicaid will still pay for Tranquility ATN'SO so I wear those) the total monthly bill that Medicaid pays is $482.00 all of your incon supplies are free to you with no copay. I hope I helped with your question ? Anything that I did not cover feel free to ask!

    Tetra
    Your pardon Tetra, but $482 a month sounds rather a lot for the supplies you describe. I thought that ATNs were about $80 a case?

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    It sounds high but I am reading this right off my statement. The government and insurers negotiate weird thingss like 100 vinyl exam gloves are billed $30.00 chux are $ 99 dollars a case and the three cases of ATN's are the rest of it.

    Its just like I " cath" 5 X's a day and those 150 catheters are billed at $1.447.50 almost 1500 bucks a month for a sterile lubricated tube. Makes no sense does it? Just like the new wheelchair I got last year was $ 33.000.00 + you could buy Ja nice chevrolet or dodge for that. Now you know why the airforce paid $23.000.00 dollars for a toilet seat and $10.000.00 for a hammer. For what they pay for Tranquility you could wear abena's or anyother high end diaper.

    Peace

    Tetra

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    It sounds high but I am reading this right off my statement. The government and insurers negotiate weird thingss like 100 vinyl exam gloves are billed $30.00
    Fook me they're only 3 to but over here so that's $5 ish dollars

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    I get 545 dollars a year in my country or at least my state
    what this means is Ill wear a diaper when Im going out but while at home it just means wet pants
    If I had free unlimited diapers things would probably be much easier but its 25 dollars for 14 molicares and Im not about to spend my years worth of cash in a flash so I just have to clean mop and do laundry a lot

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    Quote Originally Posted by saix View Post
    I get 545 dollars a year in my country or at least my state
    what this means is Ill wear a diaper when Im going out but while at home it just means wet pants
    If I had free unlimited diapers things would probably be much easier but its 25 dollars for 14 molicares and Im not about to spend my years worth of cash in a flash so I just have to clean mop and do laundry a lot
    It's usually quite a bit cheaper if you buy them by the case rather than by the package. XP Medical sells a case of 56 large Molicare super pluses for $86.95. $545 a year is pretty ridiculous though, that's only enough for like 6 cases and 1 pack if you were to spend it all at once, 350 molicares per year. Wow, so they literally pay for less one diaper per day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by INTrePid View Post
    It's usually quite a bit cheaper if you buy them by the case rather than by the package. XP Medical sells a case of 56 large Molicare super pluses for $86.95. $545 a year is pretty ridiculous though, that's only enough for like 6 cases and 1 pack if you were to spend it all at once, 350 molicares per year. Wow, so they literally pay for less one diaper per day.
    Im in Australia so foreign companies cant help much
    my supplier gives me free delivery at least and is really good with customer support
    I did once have someone say that things are different in other states but in mine its just the 545 dollars
    I buy my wipes and powder out of pocket, tried cheaper brands but lille leaked and vlessi were too uncomfortable and didnt fit well at all so just sticking with cloth molicares

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