Thursday, April 14, 2005

The Chinese patient

My mum has managed to avoid using the shower for two whole days now, probably because she knew she couldn't do it properly without help. I decided I'd rather learn to soap her down than put up with accumulated unwashed-ness every time I visit though.

There won't be any details, despite Jon's explicit request for a Showering with Mum blog post. Let's just say that it wasn't something I'd do if someone didn't have to do it.

She's holding up pretty well, though she did freak out a bit when she saw the extent of the bruising on her upper arm. If I'd had a big enough Cantonese vocabulary, I would've told her that the people who feature on Extreme Makeover look a helluva lot worse than that after their visit to the cosmetic surgeon.

Thankfully my brother has been visiting her mornings and evenings, so if she changes her mind about getting oranges pre-peeled for her, someone is bound to be along to oblige.

And I'm also thankful that after all that, I didn't have to cook tea when I got home, because that's the boy's job.

8 comments:

MarkMcL said...

Hope your Mum heals quickly. But I am sure she will with the family around.

MarkMcL

happyandblue2 said...

Glad she's on the mend.

Nigel Patel said...

I had to help my mum in this department before. But she was a nurse and didn't freak out easily. I just had to wash the left arm because the right one doesn't work.
She'll do the dishes one handed if you turn your back on her long enough.

ClaudBLOG said...

I onced nursed my Mom for an entire summer and enjoyed never being guilt-tripped again. I'm sure she'll be fine, best wishes!

Jon said...

Lol. I didn't really want to hear the sordid details, just something along the lines of 'hosing her down in the driveway' ,right after you finish washing the car. I don't, however, think she'd like that very much ;)

Violet said...

Apparently the sling's got to be on for at least 6 weeks, so there goes our plans for a long weekend away before I'm too big to enjoy it. But I like the idea of potentially minimising future guilt-tripping though!

Charlie said...

Just dropped by to say thanks for the birthday wish Violet!

glomgold said...

That sucks that your mom broke her arm. Also the idea of having to wash a parent seems unpleasant to me too. Very.