My Mom "checked The Box" When I Went To College

I am a life long bedwetter. When I was accepted at college, my mother checked the "bedwetting" box on the medical forms. When I was assigned to my dorm, my roommate also had a bedwetting problem -actually worse than mine. We each had a plastic cover on our mattress and discretely wore diapers and plastic pants. It was never a problem.
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3 Responses Jan 11, 2013

It comes as a surprise when you see your notes on the doctors computer screen and it states you are incontinent and enuretic. The first time I saw it I felt a little embarrassed now it doesn't bother me. It also comes up on my diabetic nurse's screen I recently had to see a new nurse as my old one had retired. I could see she was a little embarrassed when she saw it on the screen.
These days they ask you questions about your sex life etc at a diabetic check and I said don't worry nothing down there works and I've got used to it now. She seemed so relieved and moved on.

Wow! I never knew there was such a 'box' on a college application form. I suppose this only indicates just how common this is amongst young adults. Only the silence makes it seem uncommon. I am happy for you that you were able to find a roommate like that.

My mom also checked the box (this was in 1991). My freshman roommate was also a bedwetter. We both were wet in the morning more often than not. Our problem was not the disposable diapers, which were easy to discard, but washing our plastic pants. We did not have cars, so we had to use the washers in the basement of the dorm. We were not about to put wash our plastic pants down there and how do you dry them? So we generally secretly washed them out in the sink on our floor and then let them drip dry in a section of our small dorm closets. I dare say by the holidays when we went home, my 4 pair of plastic pants were in serious need of some real soup and water.

I find if regularly rinsed out, plastic pants don't need soap, just plain water. In fact soap can remove the plasticisers that keep plastic supple, shortening the life of your plastic pants.