My name is Kelli.
And I am the mother of two teenagers.
Let me tell you a story ...
I have a 16yo daughter.
She is not your typical 16yo. She has the maturity, at times, of someone much older. This is because of all the stuff she has been put through in the last few years.
Yes, there are times I have wanted to wring her neck, but this is not the story of one of those times.
Because I have a hemo permcath located under my right collarbone, I can no longer shower. And the fun part? Because of the PD Cath in my abdomen, I can not take baths ... Water can be a huge source of infection, so I am now having to manage showering without getting my shoulder wet, and trying to wash my hair (which is halfway down my back) in the sink.
So, last night I managed to get the shower thing figured out but still had to wash my hair. Boy, did I need to wash my hair ...
I asked Kati to give me a hand, and she suggested we try it in the standing shower we have. It has a hand held shower head. At her suggestion I used my walker as a shampoo chair, leaning back over the shower floor. She washed and conditioned my hair, then asked if she could brush it and style it.
We spent a good hour or more doing that. And talking. We talked about her new boyfriend, school and some other things.
It's a wonderful thing to have those moments of clarity with your 16yo daughter. Those moments are fe and far between it seems.
But, I'm hopeful that now at least three times a week we will have those moments. And that they may lead to other moments.
Maybe this hemo things will be helpful in more ways than I expected.
I think it may be worth the journey now....