Another Rite of Passage

Apr 23, 2019 | 0 comments

Look who’s in our shower!

Grab bars have never been high on my home decorating wish list.  In fact, though I cringe a bit at admitting it, I’ve always been a little bit put off by a motel or hotel room assignment that includes those handicap amenities.  On the other hand…

Now that falling has become a part of our lifestyle (well… Nyel’s lifestyle, and mine by default (at least so far) … we have developed new sensibilities.  Almost.  We aren’t jumping up and down for joy, mind you, but we have fully conceded that this is the way to go.  Grab bars in the shower!  Woot!  Woot!

One of the Occupational Therapists working with Nyel seems to be focused primarily on Shower Safety.  On her second visit to the house when Nyel was scarcely able to get out of his wheelchair and into a standing position, she insisted that he demonstrate to her how he would be able to manage in the shower.  We do have a shower seat (from previous needs) which I found and put into the stall.  Then Nyel used wheelchair, walker, and a bit of balancing help from the two of us women to demonstrate where he would need to have supports in getting himself safely into and out of the shower.

The O.T. marked the walls with a handy-dandy felt-tipped marker and we called Don-The-Tile-Guy and asked if he could help us out.  (We figured that since he put the tiles in, he should have the privilege of drilling and screwing and all that.)  He said, “No Problem.”  He measured, advised us what and how many to order and… today is Installation Day!

Safety First!

I’m not sure why it is, but I’m liking what I see.  Maybe it’s because I have great faith in Don.  Maybe it’s because the safety measures are for us, specifically.  Maybe it’s because this is our choice and we are feeling good about being pro-active concerning safety where and when it’s possible.  Not that any of Nyel’s falls could have been prevented by grab bars… But maybe his next one can.  Or my first one…

It’s interesting about rites of passage.  Baptisms, weddings, birthdays, retirements all can be anticipated with eagerness.  But those connected with aging … not so much.  The best spin we can put on this one is to focus on the glories of showers!  When I was a kid, we didn’t have such a luxury.  Baths were it!  And… if you couldn’t get into or out of the tub, you just made do with “spit baths.”  So, I say – Hooray for showers and for the grab bars that make them safe for us old folks!  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, after all.  And, in this case, the emphasis is on holder!

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