Well, I’m sure I am about some things.
But I certainly feel like one these days. I feel like I have to shop under cover of darkness or something, lest someone see me and make the wrong assumptions or jump to the wrong conclusions.
See, about half my shopping trips these days consist of items like this: disposable single-use heating pads, paper towels, bleach, single-use swiffer wet jet type things, tons and tons of garbage bags, antibacterial soap, antibacterial hand gel. And of course food like frosted flakes, Little Debbie snack cakes, frozen dinners, and stuff like that.
All for my mom. The food, whatever. I’ve stopped trying to convince her to change her ways, and at this point, her diet is so complex, I have nothing to offer her. She’s not supposed to eat whole grains any more, so – well – there you go.
And apparently, PD (peritoneal dialysis) uses a LOT of disposable items. I have been doing some of her exchanges with her. Here’s what we do.
1) Daily, wash the floor in her bathroom (which is NOT used for bathroom purposes, only for exchanges) with clorox and disposable floor cloth.
2) Before each exchange (4-5 daily), wipe down counter and sink with clorox wipe. Put on single-use mask. Wash hands with antibacterial soap. Dry with paper towel. Turn off water with paper towel. Use paper towel any time you touch anything from here on out.
3) Do a few steps like open the new bag, hang it on the pole, get the drain bag ready, put the tubing all in the dial thingy. Then use the antibacterial gel.
4) Plug into the drain bag, drain, then fill. If you touch anything, ever, use the hand gel again. Curse yourself for touching something because that gel stings after the fifth time in 20 minutes.
5) finish the fill, measure stuff, drain the bags, demask, gather your garbage, and wash your hands again drying with a paper towel. (Why a paper towel at the end? Regular towels not allowed in the room.)
Holy moly. Garbage produced in ONE fill: 2 large IV-type bags, 1 holder bag, 2 lengths of tubing, 1 dial thingy, about 5-8 paper towels, 2 disposable clorox towelettes, 1 mask (when it’s just her), 1 floor wipe.
That’s a lot of garbage. But apparently, an infection is about the worst thing that can happen, hence the uber-carefulness to bleach everything, scrub until your skin falls off, and use only disposable items.
But that is why you might see me at Costco buying two giant packages of paper towels and numerous tubes of clorox wipes.