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  1. Totals for 2017

    I did indeed mean diaper absorbancy. This is much easier to do in metric units than the American system of Fluid Ounces. Pee being near enough a density of 1, it follows that one millilitre of pee weighs one gram. One litre weighs one kilogram, and so on. Don't forget to subtract the weight of the dry diaper from the weight of the wet one; only then do you get the true figure for uptake.
  2. Totals for 2017

    Belated best wishes from me too. I don't get to log in every day; I didn't mean to ignore you.. In my case, involvement with diapering is not totally a matter of choice; for me a degree of diapering is a necessity. But I do sometimes wet voluntarily, especially daytime. My advice is to build up your daytime use gradually, so that when you wet in public you are confident about your diaper coping with the amount of wee you are releasing. It may well be the case that there is more room for diapers under nominally female clothing (skirts and dresses) than under unisex garments (joggers, track suits and so on). Could you be persuaded to run a few experiments in this regard? By experimenting with different types of diaper and weighing the uptake at the point where the first leaks occur, it should be possible to determine whether cross-dressing opens up diapering opportunities not available to males who persist with a more conventional wardrobe as 'top layer'.
  3. Oversize potty

    For hygiene reasons I don't see wood, even polished/varnished hardwood, as being the right material for the job. I'm thinking in terms of polypropylene. In the days when complex shapes were first carved as a former and then made into a mold using something akin to the Lost Wax process, a master copy would first be hand-carved at 1:1 scale by a highly skilled pattern-maker. Not any longer. In recent years 3D printing has made many pattern-makers redundant. The more so where a mere change of size is involved; laser scanning can in minutes produce a virtual image based on a precise magnification of a sample and that virtual image can directly drive a 3D printer to make the enlarged replica. In making a replica potty in adult size, it might be necessary to do a bit more than merely multiplying every dimension by the same amount. Two issues come to mind, comment invited: Weight distribution, not just whilst the user is seated but when getting onto and off the potty too. The finished replica must be strong enough not to break under what may be disproportionally-increased loading, possibly requiring strengthening of the bowl especially in the area under the AB's buttocks. Height of the splashguard. AB boys, unless very tightly circumcised, are likely to pee at a different angle to a toddler when sat on such a scaled-up potty, so some thought needs to be given to the adequacy of the splashguard (the part above the handle slot).
  4. Oversize potty

    Does anybody know of a source of well-made oversize potties? Manufactured by the million in toddler size, I'm looking for one large enough and strong enough to be routinely used several times per day by an adult of, let's say, 90kg/200lb. Preferably traditional style as regards bowl shape, handle slot, boy's splashguard and so on. Discuss design details here?
  5. Totals for 2017

    I've just added up my diaper use for 2017 and I'm now curious to know how my experience of being diapered every night for a year compares with others. Nightly, I put on a slip-style Tena rated at 8 drips, snugged into position by towelling pull-up pants followed by separate plastic pants. To stop me interfering with the diaper in my sleep, except in the hottest weather I wear a neckline-fastened one piece sleep suit with no way in below the waist. I've logged myself as being wet on 93 nights in the whole calendar year (that's just over 25%, or roughly one night in four). To count as "wet" there must have been a weight gain of at least 500g in the diapering, but typically with me it is much more. If I'm wet at all, I tend to be very wet, often dumping several full bladders into the same diaper without waking up. This is excellent in terms of an improved sleep cycle. Not waking up three or four times per night for a pee leaves me much better rested come the morning, which is why I'm quite content not only to be diapered at night on a 'precautionary' basis, but also to seek to move from a 25% wetness rate to 100%. I'd really like to achieve uninterrupted 8-hour sleepthroughs on a nightly basis, but I'm not there yet. At present, much seems to depend on what happens in my sleep the first time my bladder reaches the full mark. If I don't wake, instead dumping 250ml+ into my diapers, then subsequent full bladders don't wake me either. Already wet, some hidden mechanism seems to say "no need". But if I wake the first time, then I wake each subsequent time too - unless I deliberately wet myself and so set up deliberately the 'already wet' scenario. My fondness for a mug or three of tea before bed needs a mention here. When wet, typical weight gain in the diaper for a whole night will be around 1200g, which I reckon equates to four visits to the toilet or potty. The normal upper limit is about 1600, although on one record-breaking occasion I reached 2866ml before diaper leaks drove me from my bed. The sagging, soaked diapering hanging between my legs as I waddled towards the bathroom was quite a sight. Way past absorbing it all, a lake sloshed about in the crotch of the plastic pants. So what about daytime? In the past couple of months I've taken to wearing 8-drip Maxi pull-ups during the day whenever I go out. So much more convenient than having to hunt around for toilets. Just pause wherever you happen to be, and deliberately release just enough to deal with any urgency. What I don't know - and would like others to tell me - is whether such deliberate surrender of daytime bladder control has knock-on effects. Will involuntary daytime wetting follow? Maybe even loss of bowel control too? In the whole of 2017 I only had a soiled diaper twice, but it can happen. Each time it was morning and I was standing in a wet diaper, having just got out of bed, when an unfamiliar feeling developed between my buttocks. Only when I reached between my legs and lifted the crotch of my diaper did I realise that I had "done it in my pants", totally without prior awareness of what was about to happen. Not a problem at home, but elsewhere?
  6. Waking Up Wet or Wetting

    My principal "problem" with what happened was that no child HAD to undergo orchidectomy in this situation. What peeves me is that the decision was taken for me, such that I was not given the choice of being left intact and monitored for testicular cancer later. A cancerous outcome of a failed orchidopexy is only a risk, not a certainty. It is entirely possible - indeed, likely - that nerve damage took place as a side-effect of the attempts to reposition things where they should have been. But just as I recovered control a few months after the first attempt, so I assume I would have done second time around had it not been for the emotional trauma of the unfavourable outcome. I do have reasonable daytime control, but occasionally I "lose it" big time. To save you asking, this has been logged in my diary 6 times so far this year but as yet, even after all these decades, no cause-effect relationship has been identified. By day I try to 'go' to a clock-determined routine, but occasionally everything goes wrong. There seem to be occasions when I try to pee to order, fail, yet soon after wet myself. Therefore, when out and about, I tend to wear a pull-up disposable of a type sufficient to cope with one full bladder. For reassurance as much as need, I like a heavy gauge PVC pant over that. 6mil is OK, but I really favour the 8mil ones when I can get them. Not being familiar with the PM system here, would it be possible for you to message me first and so set up the link? I agree it possibly isn't appropriate to detail on the public site things such as my development (in terms of Tanner Stages and so on) at the time of the second operation. Suffice it to say here that a cryptorchid boy does produce testosterone. What I lost at age 12 wasn't totally immature.
  7. Waking Up Wet or Wetting

    Hi, Gobphus. You seem to have started a long-running thread with this one. > Wow, when you wet, you really wet a lot! True. But it must be in several sessions, because the total weight gain in my diaper is several times the weight of pee I produce if I unload one full bladder into a measuring jug, day or night. > When you don't wet, do you wake up during the night to use the toilet or do you wake up dry in the morning? I don't recall sleeping through since age 11. So its either a wet bed, a wet diaper, or a walk to the bathroom. Chamber pots seem to have gone out of fashion. > Have you always wet in your sleep? I was dry from about four until age 11. A couple of weeks before my eleventh birthday an attempt at orchidopexy (US English: Orchiopexy) failed due to what I can best describe as 'short plumbing'. Potentially fully functional, but would not reach. I was wet for some months but then recovered control. They had another go a year later, which also failed. The nature of what happened next, in the 1950s and early 1960s regarded as a necessary precaution against testicular cancer, you might be able to deduce from my User Name. There's no obvious physical reason why that should induce long-term nocturnal enuresis, but emotionally? When it is done at the onset of puberty and the boy has not been briefed on the possible adverse outcome? I do sometimes wonder whether my wetting is some form of substitute for reproductive emissions.
  8. Waking Up Wet or Wetting

    Several issues at work here, in combination. As regards pee volume, that's attributable to my habit/need to drink more than average - preferably weak tea. Reason: I'm a lifelong migraine sufferer and dehydration can trigger a migraine, writing off the best part of a day. Therefore I err on the side of caution and routinely down three mugs of tea last thing before heading to bed. Almost certainly this is a major contributary cause of bedwetting. I used to regard bedwetting as the lesser of two evils, but now that I've made it into a game I don't fret over it. And the migraines? Maybe two per year rather than two per week. To ensure that I sleep right through (say 8 hours without stirring), I put on my night-time diapers at about 17:00 / 5pm and spend the evening dressed in plastic pants. It's then as good as certain that I will have wet myself deliberately before going to bed sometime after 22:30.. Already wet, I won't wake up until the next morning. A slight cheat, but guaranteed to produce a very, very wet diaper overnight. What constitutes a wet night in my tally? If I am wet when in diapers, the weight gain in the diaper will be 1kg or more, so standing up and lifting the crotch of my plastic pants soon determines that. Maybe it is easier to describe what I classify as a dry night - one where it would be practical to remove the diaper and put it to one side for re-use. The other sort of "wet night" is one where I have dared not to wear a diaper at all, but wet the bed all the same. I never sleep without a heavy duty plastic sheet under the cotton one. By heavy duty I mean the sort that one might use as a tablecloth at a kids party. In that scenario, a dry night is one where the plastic sheet would not have been needed. That's rare; I don't often take the risk.
  9. Waking Up Wet or Wetting

    My tally so far this calendar year is 58 wet nights. In every night wetness bar one, measured by weight gain, I've dumped more than 1 litre of pee into my night attire of slip-style disposable + terry towelling pants + plastic pants. Almost always the figure exceeds 1200ml (say 40 US Fluid Ounces). This suggests at least three wettings per night. On a few occasions I have exceeded 2 litres. Something I've noticed consistently is this: The first time that my bladder is full enough to wake me (typically 300-400ml), I wake up. If reassured that I'm adequately diapered, I allow myself to wet. But second and subsequent wettings don't wake me. I stay asleep. Has anybody else noticed this "already wet" effect - a clear distinction in wake-up tendency as between no diaper or a dry diaper on the one hand and a wet diaper on the other? For me, already being wet seems to turn off the wake-up call of being about to wet again. This remains true even in the event of leaks.
  10. Heavy duty plastic pants

    I checked with Babykins earlier this month, since this thread started. Their thickest is currently 6mil and the material is soft and silent. The problem seems to be that the source of the 8mil material has dried up, leaving nobody able to make them even to special order. A pity, because the restraining sensations imparted by a really thick pant simply are not matched by anything else. Not to mention the give-away noises. Same applies to matress protection. There used to be on sale at just about every corner shop, sold by the metre length, a wide clear plastic material intended for use as a tablecloth for childrens parties and so on. It worked equally well as a waterproof undersheet and it was much cheaper than the 'official' product. Lasted years; I still sleep on mine every night, often wetting it. Must be five years old by now.. But that's vanished too. One correction to Christine's comments, if I may: The 'mil' figure is an absolute measurement (thousandths of an inch), not a figure relative to the size of the finished garment.
  11. Heavy duty plastic pants

    Has anybody found a source of pants thicker than 8mil?
  12. Heavy duty plastic pants

    Protex. End-of-line (US English: "Close-out") on a batch of Tuffy Pants wrongly labelled 7mil. They are a horrendous price and are only available in a limited range of sizes, mainly children's but some smaller adult ones too. Semi-transparent and very significantly stiffer than the 6mil "medium thickness" ones of UK origin previously worn. A totally different experience in terms of the tactile sensations that result, whether with a diaper underneath, or towelling pants, or direct against the skin.
  13. Heavy duty plastic pants

    With considerable difficulty, I've recently obtained some PVC pants in a really thick material, 8mil. Having tried them for a couple of weeks, I'm amazed that such items are not more widely available. The heavy grade material leaves the wearer in no doubt that the pants are being worn. Both restrictive and reassuring at the same time. What do others think of making waterproof pants from such heavy material?
  14. Problems with UK imports.

    Back in April, a modest consignment of waterproof pants addressed to me (total value just over US$100) was stopped at the UK Border. This despite the customs declaration on the outside of the padded envelope being correctly filled in identifying the contents as tax-exempt. An additional sticker bearing the company name of the specialist sender added extra detail, stating the precise paragraph in the international customs agreement giving rise to the tax exemption. Miffed, I paid up (necessary in order to stop the parcel being returned to sender) and then claimed back both the tax and the Royal Mail handling fee. That meant obtaining and filling in a Form BOR286. Supposedly these are downloadable from the Border Force website but I couldn't get one to print out properly so I collected a copy from my local mail depot. Next step was to send off the completed form and the "evidence", including the original customs declaration, the invoice for the goods and so on. After a couple of weeks I received a letter agreeing that the tax should not have been charged, but it was a further two weeks before payment arrived. Moral of the story: Don't let the blighters get you down! Quite how much difference it made I don't know, but I included on the Form BOR286 details of a previous tax-exempt transaction wholly within the UK. I did that by way of evidence of having previously signed a declaration of medical need, already on file with HM Revenue & Customs.
  15. Do you apologize for your messy accidents?

    Please would you quantify "heavy gage" (gauge)? Since the apparent demise of Tuffy, I'm struggling to find anything heavier that 6 mil (Six one-thousandths of an inch) vinyl. That, apparently, classifies as Medium rather than Heavy. I'd like to try at least 8 mil, but I can't find any.