Thursday, March 17, 2011

Proving True Love

The day after Max busted his humerus bone. He had to go to the toilet to do a poo. He hadn't done one for days, all the painkillers and medication he was on really clogged him up. We were waiting for the nurse to bring a bedpan, because getting up from the toilet was really difficult for him. The problem was he couldn't wait. The only choice was for him to go to the toilet. He had a toilet raiser but it was not helpful he still couldn't lift himself from the seat, he had no strength and a busted shoulder. If you gotta go you gotta go! So I took him to the bathroom I figured I could help him up when he was done. I put a cushion behind his back so he was comfortable, he was skin and bones everything needed padding. He called out when he was done and I went in to help him up. Only problem was, I couldn't. The toilet is right in front of the bathtub with not much space in between. I tried to pull him up my arm under his good arm and the other under his bottom. I couldn't do it. I got into the bathtub, but I had no grip, I couldn't pull him up. He was getting frustrated and I didn't know what else to do. I sat on the edge of the bathtub, trying to work out how I could get him. I told him I would have to call for help.
And then all of sudden, the hilarity of it all dawned on us. There was Max stuck on the toilet after doing a bog. We both just cracked up laughing. "Well babe sorry I am going to have to leave you there, like forever!" We laughed. After catching my breath from laughing I had another attempt to get him up. 1, 2, 3 heave YAY!  I got him up. I then wiped his bum.

"Babe you know this just proves your true love for me. You really have to love someone so much to wipe their arse after a poo." Max said. "Ha, yes" I laughed. "Would you wipe my arse ?" I asked. "Of course I would" was his reply.

I am just glad that some days (not many, but some days) no matter how difficult they were, we could get a chuckle out of them.

So would you wipe your dying husbands bum? (You don't have to answer that)


Pundelina said...

I would. Oh it was/is so hard for you Vee, so very very hard, all of it.

love and ((hugs))

Bea said...

I suppose I would! Although I hope I don't have to find out. But this is such a touching post - that you had a laugh about such a situation in the midst of everything that was going on. A testament to your spirits - both yours and Max's.


Gil said...

It's nice to know that even for a few moments in there, you guys had a chance to giggle.

And yeah... love is knowing you'd wipe your spouse after going to the toilet! Though, I pray we never ever have to find out!

Smooches to you and Boo!

Beth said...

Jip, I would. I agree its a test of true love!

serenity said...

True love indeed.

I love how you both laughed over how FUNNY the situation was. J and I would have had a good laugh, too.


lparsons15 said...

I am glad you guys got a bit of a laugh out of a yucky situation...
I would do it in a heart beat!

foxy said...

what a memory to have! Max sounds like a really great guy. I mean, really, how many men do you know who would be able to set their ego aside and laugh in a situation like that. Clearly he trusted and loved you as much as you respected and loved him.

Miss Ruby said...

this is a beautiful honest post vee.

to answer your question - yes most definitely - i'd do anything for people that i love.

as a disclaimer though, i have to mention that as an aged carer, i sometimes have to do this for my clients as well - people i do not love but i do take pride in helping them keep their dignity and remain in their homes for as long as possible.


Lut C. said...

I can't really picture being in that situation.
But I can imagine using humor to make it through such situations.

Sometimes things just have to be done, so I guess I would wipe.

BigP's Heather said...

I would like to think that I would.
I joke and tell him that if he has to wear diapers I am going to hire him a hot redheaded young woman with an Australian accent just for him.

'Murgdan' said...

I think the test of true love is not only the wiping of the arse....but the ability to laugh about it. Never thought I would find a butt-wiping story so charming.

DaisyGal said...

I am laughing and crying, that is true love for sure.
I would, I would do it for John or for you or my mom. Anyone I love I would do it for , even if I cried the whole time.

Lollipop Goldstein said...

In a heartbeat. I would cry (or I'd hold it in for a moment), but I'd be honoured to be trusted like that.

MrsSpock said...

Being a nurse, I would have no problem doing so, but know it is more difficult for those who aren't part of the profession. Of course, I always threaten my husband with hiring another man to do it.