Thursday, February 28, 2008
Caregiving: Kleenex, Olay, Cold-eeze, & Bag Balm - OH MY!
Last night, the nursing station informed me Patti was displaying cold symptoms. … They expressed concerns about an outing and risks of exposure. … Flu vaccinations had apparently missed whatever strain is currently epidemic. … Multiple Sclerosis is an out of whack immune system, throw in a cold and you’re brewing germ pot luck.
Any way … Care Facility Caregiving 101 preaches that you try to include the patient in their care planning and decision making. Patti’s conclusion, “I just want a f*cking cigarette!”
So we headed out for a brief “isolated” outing.
While Patti happily stayed in smokey quarantine in the van, I 'quickly' ran into the store for some items. Following are some spouse caregiver shopping thoughts …
While I understand the cost efficiency, institutional facial tissue is from a different world than Kleenex® Brand Lotion Tissues with Aloe & Vitamin E. Let’s face it when you will be blowing your nose often, THIS is your best friend.
Patti likes Olay Body Wash plus Lotion Ribbons. Personally, I am an Irish Spring kind of guy so this is all alien to me, except that institutional body wash seems to resemble Lysol for humans.
I have no strong feelings about cold lozenges. Personally I am a fan of ZICAM® for colds. Patti however, at best, can self-administer by sucking on lozenges so COLD-EEZE® seemed the ticket since it shares Zinc in its formula with ZICAM.
Unrelated to this outing but on the topic of product discussions …
BAG BALM Yes, this salve for cow udders produced by the Dairy Association Co since 1899 can be and is used for Depends rash, and accommodates care facility budgeting.
While I do not doubt its effectiveness and 100+ years of success, there is just something about discovering your family member is being soothed with cow udder salve that motivates you to drive directly to the store to buy anything.
However, in the interest of fair AOL Journals(ism) I have a dear friend who sees this differently -- a decorative tin of Bag Balm as an always appropriate and unforgettable ‘hostess gift’.
Caregivingly Yours, J Patrick Leer
non-caregiver musings: www.lairofcachalot.blogspot.com
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