Last week I was trying to think of good BCIR blog post to write about that might generate some advice from other BCIR folks out there. A good one that occurred to me, is how to get your unclean tube (catheter) from the toilet to the sink while still sitting on the throne. You still need to clean yourself up, so you don’t want to stand up yet and try to do a bare bottom shuffle to the sink to clean your tube, and then shuffle back to get toilet paper to clean yourself.
Ideally it would be nice if the sink was in arms length distance where you could place the unclean tube, wipe up, then go and clean everything up in the sink. But what do you do when you can’t reach the sink? In a public restroom, sometimes I have to make a little toilet paper platform to rest the unclean tube while I clean up, then march the tube over to the sink when no one is looking. However, at home, I have mastered the tube toss. Assuming the unclean tube is relatively dry, I will gently toss the tube to the sink that’s about 2 feet away where it will wait for me until I clean myself.
Though it may sound a bit risky, I have had few mishaps, messes, or misfires! Again, it may be something that comes with time and practice. If you have any suggestions on a staging area for tubes, or any suggestions for us BCIR folks, let’s hear about it!