We had a scare the other night that just reminded me again of difficulties people face when their bodies are compromised. It sure does not seem fair, but even the simplest things become a challenge.
Ashleigh was having trouble urinating the other day to the point that we decided if she did not go in the next half hour we were going to have to take her to the ER. Luckily, we did not have to take her especially when she almost always gets an infection whenever she is catheterized.
People with paralysis also face these type of difficulties. Bowel programs are needed to keep the individual healthy. And it doesn’t stop there. We are real sticklers about trying to keep people away from Ashleigh when they are sick because it is just so hard on Ashleigh when she gets even a little cold. First, she is not able to tell us when something is wrong. Secondly, small things like blowing your nose, clearing your throat, and all the other things we take for granted can be difficult or impossible.
Ashleigh has trouble moving so she can sometimes get in an awkward or even dangerous position and not be able to move herself. On her old bed she slipped between the bed rails and got stuck. While I try to keep a good attitude, this is the kind of stuff that really kills me. Here the person with a severe brain injury or paralysis or other compromising problem has so many challenges to face and here on top of everything else they can’t even go to the bathroom or rub their face when it itches.
I know there is supposed to be a reason, but, can’t these folks just catch a break and have a few of the simple things stay simple things?