Three things you need to understand in order to follow this post:
- My hair is getting too long.
- I have a bedside commode. It’s the first place I go in the morning. (Pun intended.)
- I have a “coded ring” so that I will know when a home health care provider rings my doorbell.
- But I only have a home heath care person on Tuesdays.
(Okay, I guess that’s four things.)
Someone woke me up this morning using my coded ring. It’s not Tuesday, so I was startled. Startling someone with CP is a bad idea. We have a startle reflex that can cause serious damage to anything in a 30 foot radius. My hair poked me in the eye. And I had to pee.
Startle reflex makes it hard to hold urine. So I’m dribbling pee down my legs as I’m struggling out of bed with one eye stuck closed, make it to the commode and start having an anxiety attack about
A. Home care provider is going to think something is wrong if I don’t get to the door.
B. What is she doing here on Thursday.
C. What if it’s not her? What if it’s someone in the building who’s observed my buzzer code and has locked themselves out so they’re trying to get me to help them? Why are they paying THAT much attention to my buzzer codes.
So now I’m on the commode with my eye streaming from being poked, nose running because my brain thinks I’m CRYING, having an anxiety attack, and the doorbell keeps ringing. Welcome to my life.