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This has been an entertaining day for me.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

I spent time on my bath and then DH wanted so badly to take a real shower and wash his hair.
The shower is in the basement and the stairs are the typical narrow treads.
I asked him to use my bathroom shower, he said he could not see how we could do it. He was sure he would not be able to get in to the tub.

I already had the plan in my head I knew if I told him he would back off so I went step by step.
I began with turning the furnace up so he would not shiver, just lately he has been doing this. The Dr said it happens for some people and it is a reaction to the body getting used to the implant. He said some people do have a fever so that could be the shivering we see.

My tub has glass doors and there was no way I can get them out. I pushed them together to make the widest opening possible and I threw a towel over the bottom of the tub.
Then I used my IGLOO cooler, it is just the right height for a seat on a picnic so I put that on the towel and put another towel over the lid.

I told DH he had to wash his hair it was getting really greasy. I told him my plan and I told him if he is hurting or uncomfortable I will back off.
He stepped in to the tub, it has good grab rails.
I produced a Waterproof Poncho and put it over his head. He sat with his back to the shower and I took down the hand held shower head and I sprayed his lower back with warm water so he could tell how warm he wanted it.
He likes very warm water. Then I sprayed his head and shampooed his head and his beard. He was feeling good because of the hot water so I washed and rinsed his head again.

I took off the poncho and and used the spray to wash his back and he was a happy camper. He sat and soaped his body and I sprayed him with the hot water. Mission accomplished !!

I had a robe ready to put on him and then we went to the living room with the propane Jotul stove going it was 75 degrees so it worked very well.

After a cup of hot tea and a SCONE he told me what a great job I had done for him WOO Hoo way to go to hear DH saying THANKS and gave me a BIG HUG.

He did all of his exercises and sat in the chair with his leg elevated. he fell asleep and I did not realise he was in that position way too long so his back was hurting. I had some BIO-FREEZE and it has calmed it down.

It is now 15 below at this time so we are off to bed early. HUGS Pat in Maine.

Definitely an entertaining day, lots of laughing so it was GOOD!!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
EFFIEANNIE 1/27/2013 7:46AM

    Pat, you are so clever and always come up with a great plan! I love it!


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CHALLENGER15 1/26/2013 7:16AM


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KATHY024 1/26/2013 4:54AM

    Good thinking!! I love the poncho idea!!

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GRACEISENUF 1/25/2013 11:48PM

    What a wonderful wife you are to your DH...may God bless you richly as you continue to love and serve him. You are showing him that love is an action word for sure.

Blessings to you Pat.


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2WHEELEDSHARON 1/25/2013 9:21PM

    Pat, this is the best news I 've heard all day! Way to go!
I'm caught up with your blogs and I even blogged. It's been a demanding week, but it's over. Woo hoo!
Stay warm.

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GINIEMIE 1/25/2013 9:17PM

    Awesome, again Pat you are so innovative. I love it. I didn't have to be that innovative with my son, as a friend gave me a shower bench for him but I think I will employ your idea when we go visiting. We frequently take a cooler, and to pack his shower bench takes up a lot of room-so next time we are at my brother-in-laws we will use the cooler.

Laughter is probably the best medicine you can give each other.

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    You are an excellent caregiver, GF. and your hubby is a lucky man.

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BRENDAGAIL9 1/25/2013 2:55PM


What a great idea to use the Igloo. Another thing that might work would be one of those plastic outdoor side tables for a shower seat. Those tub seats are very expensive to buy.

Stay warm and comfy.


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PICKIE98 1/25/2013 2:15PM

    Washing your hair and brushing your teeth are the two greatest things when You are unable to..

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POOHGIRL1970 1/25/2013 2:05PM

    DH has a wonderful wife! You are awesome Pat! So sneaky but a good sneaky!

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123ELAINE456 1/25/2013 1:07PM

  Awesome Blog!!! Love It. You are Very Amazing and a Great Planner in All Things. Glad that You had such an Entainning Day and that DH is Doing So Much Better. God Answers Prayer Too. I Agree with the other comments too. God Blessings To Everyone. Have a Super Nice Entertaing Day. Take Care. Very Happy for the Both of You. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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BETHGILLIGAN 1/25/2013 12:23PM

    Love this blog!! What a great story! I was smiling as I tried to envision the whole scenario!! Glad it went well--he had to feel much better! You are awesome!

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JANRTEACH 1/25/2013 9:55AM

    When I go to on Survivor Island, I'm taking you!!

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MSKRIS7 1/25/2013 9:48AM


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CHAIRUL 1/25/2013 9:26AM

    Keeping your sense of humor is crucial......sending love from the cold house with the busted pipes. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WOWEETOO 1/25/2013 9:23AM

    i just love people who can think on their feet and get the job done for sure
my bet is it will become a regular thing lol
the lady mary emoticon

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TERRI289 1/25/2013 8:40AM

    You are one of the best and smartest people that I know(and I know a lot of people!!).

So glad that things went well..,love, and kisses to you and Fred!! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 1/25/2013 8:19AM

    You are a fantastic planner!!! Glad DH got into that shower as I can only imagine how gross he must have felt not being able to shower. AND the warm water would help him relax too.

Sounds like a very successful day -- especially the thank you from Fred!!! Don't you just love it!

HUGS and keep up the wonderful work. Your DH is a very lucky man.

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GOANNA2 1/25/2013 8:16AM

    You are marvellous Pat. Sounds like DH is getting
stronger and it must've been so good for him to be
able to have a hot shower. You deserve a medal,
but most of all a good rest. Stay warm.

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SUTERSPACE 1/25/2013 7:45AM

    Wow, what a good job of this you did. Glad there was lots of laughing. Sounds like it wore him out, awww. Wonderful story!

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MIDCOASTMOXIE 1/25/2013 7:02AM

    Love your ingenuity! After surgery, personal care tasks can be so difficult and time consuming. I am glad DH had you around to find a way to have a shower. Sounds like a very good day. emoticon

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ROSEWCI 1/25/2013 5:38AM

    You are an angel Pat! And so inventive! You really get the job done! Your DH is so lucky to have you as a caregiver! Wishing him a speedy recovery!!!

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NASFKAB 1/25/2013 4:38AM

  great job how resourceful all the best

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ANHELIC 1/25/2013 12:15AM

    Good to see DH is improving daily. We are having -18 weather here too. It's going to be like this tomorrow as well.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 1/25/2013 12:04AM

    Well that is darn cold weather you are having.

I'm glad he enjoyed his shower. He seems to be healing nicely

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LUNADRAGON 1/25/2013 12:00AM

    Bravo! Well done. It was 10 below when I woke up this morning, and I can't see the thermometer in the dark to say what it is now, but it is at least zero.

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GLASSART43 1/24/2013 11:39PM

    Sounds like you and DH are doing quite well!


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ARTJAC 1/24/2013 11:30PM

    WELL DONE PAT YOU DESERVE A GOOD REST NOW emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NEEDSHELP52 1/24/2013 11:17PM

    Pat, very nice day. When I took care of my Mom she would shiver when it was bath time. I would crank the heat up and shut the bathroom door with the vent wide open. I was glad to get out of the room when all was done. She was glad it was so warm. Good job on helping your DH with a shower/bath. HUGS, Terry

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UUCEEJAY 1/24/2013 10:58PM

    emoticon I know how good it feels to get a good shower when you have gone without for a long time! Have a good night's sleep my friend and stay warm. emoticon

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