I got Mom’s shower all set up. My boss came to the house and installed the new shower head. I got the shower curtain and liner up, the non-slip stickers in the bottom of the tub, the new shower chair and the bolt-on handle to assist with stepping into and out of the tub also installed. Tuesday evening I get home and ask Mom if she wants to go give it a try.
“No, I don’t. I don’t want my hair to be wet when I go to bed.”
“Mom, your hair will have plenty of time to dry in the three hours before bedtime.”
“Well, I just don’t want to.”
“When will you want to?”
“Soon is not a time, Mom. If you’re going to shower before our company arrives this weekend, and you don’t want to do it tonight, it will have to be either Wednesday or Thursday.”
“Ok. Thursday, then.”
Wednesday morning before her doctor’s appointment, I try to show her how to use the handheld shower head, thinking she might try a shower before going to the doctor.
“I’m not going to use it without you here!”
“Do you want me to come home from work a little early so I’ll be here for you to shower before your appointment?”
“No. I’d really prefer a tub bath.”
“If you prefer a tub bath, why have you not taken one since we moved in here last July?”
“I don’t know.”
“If we don’t do this in the next few days, I’m going to be bringing someone in the help you in the bath.”
“Oh, Ok”, Mom laughingly replies.
“I’m serious, Mom.”