The interview was conducted by REHADAT with Mr. Helmut S for the REHADAT knowledge series incontinence.
, 49 years old, was co-founder and former board member of the self-help association for incontinence. He had an accident in 1991 and has been incontinent since then due to nerve damage. Initially, he felt left alone after the accident, with no help or care. However, he was able to continue his profession as an electrical engineer for the building technology sector in a large retail group. Since he was employed in the field and was employed daily in two or three different branches of the company, his impairment was not noticeable. When the location assigned to him was closed in 1998, he became self-employed and is still frequently on assembly.
How does incontinence affect business trips?
I have to organize myself well when I'm
on the go. Where are there toilets, for example? The Locus Guide is helpful, and at rest stops I know that I can always open a toilet for the disabled with the Euro key. I use the plane for long trips abroad. With a certificate from the doctor, I can use an additional, free piece of luggage for medical aids at many airlines.
Should incontinence sufferers trust their employer?
At a GdB
under 50, I would not talk about it at the beginning to prevent disadvantages. If a trusting relationship with your supervisor and colleagues develops, there is still time to inform about it.