Toileting with Mom has always been a little difficult. Once I finally get her to sit down, she tries to get up immediately. I have discovered if I give her something to fiddle with/concentrate on, she will sit long enough and finally, um, go. My something of choice is this little thing called a Tangle Toy.
Unfortunately, the little sections pull apart. With Mom, the little section goes right in her mouth. This just means that I only use the Tangle Toy in the bathroom. Since I am always right there anyway, it doesn't matter so much. It works like a charm though.
I have been reading the Alz Assoc. caregiver forum off and on for a few years, but never registered or posted. I'll be honest, there seemed to be too much drama, which turned me right off. Maybe that has changed. Anyway, I was reading their new forum regarding the documentaries, and felt compelled to register and defend Nick the cameraman/director. So I'll do the same thing here to set the record straight, in case anyone wondered.
During the stone incident, Nick kept filming. He wasn't intrusive, did not get in the way at all. I was so focused on what I was doing, I didn't even notice him. Afterwards, he apologized, saying he didn't know what to do, try to help or keep filming. He did exactly the right thing. Mom would have struggled even harder if he had tried to do anything. And of course the incident should be shown. It was the perfect example of what can happen, what caregivers have to deal with, how exhausting it can be to always be on the lookout. At the time, there was no question in my mind that it wouldn't end up on the cutting room floor.
Ok, enough of that. Look! The orioles are back!