... Always remember that you should trust at least one of your closest friends so that you can bear the weight of this issue easily..."
For starters, it’s always best to tell your closest friends about this issue, but that’s another discussion altogether. Yet, it’s not always that easy to take this step, especially if the next sleepover is taking place very soon. So, here are some tips to help you get through a sleepover without anyone finding out.
· Since you’re a young adult now, you should take it on yourself to set a few trials at home before the actual sleepover. You may need the help of your parents, but at least you’ll be prepared for any sleepover and gain more control over your bladder or bowel movements.
· Learn how you can clean after yourself discretely. Again, your parents will be able to teach you how, so ask them to do so before you start your self-training session. This will give you more confidence and ensure that you easily tackle your problem.
· To avoid making a visible mess, suggest everyone to bring their own sleeping bag as this will give the sleepover a camp-like feel. Some of your friends will love this idea and you can probably sell it to the rest by making them a few offers they can’t refuse, such as using your new video game console as much as they want.
· Just in case, learn how to use incontinence products, such as bed pads, in a discreet way. Find out which ones offer you the best protection and discover how you can secretly dispose of them before anyone finds out. A few helpful ideas are setting your alarm a little early or having your parent or BFF distract the rest while you smuggle these products to the trash.
· If you’re sleeping over at friend’s place, spend a few minutes learning about your surroundings and where the closest bathroom is. You may also need to pack a flashlight so that you don’t have to switch many lights on your way to the bathroom. Other essentials you should have in your overnight bag are plastic bags for disposing of soiled underwear and disposable incontinence products, wipes to reduce any smells, and extra clothing.
· If you have been going to a physician to help you with your incontinence issues, you can ask if you’re eligible to start medication. If your doctor prescribes any medication, make sure that you start taking it a few days before your upcoming sleepover. Doing so will help you assess whether or not they actually work.
These tips will be more effective than forcing yourself to empty your bladder and bowels every time. So, remember and follow them if you want to keep your condition a secret. However, always remember that you should trust at least one of your closest friends so that you can bear the weight of this issue easily and be able to face the rest of the world with confidence.