Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Post-op Fears: bathing

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Coming home from the surgeries, I knew things wouldn’t be completely normal, but I thought most things would be normal.  There were a few things I completely overlooked.  Certain things, that were once normal in our routine, were now horrifying to Rory; like getting a bath, using her potty chair, and sleeping.

First Bath!
I think her fear of bathing went back to after her first surgery.  Whens she had her removable cast, we got the “ok” from doctors to bathe her.  We weren’t sure how to do this since her leg hurt her so much, so to make it safe and easier for us all either Jon or myself would get into a swimsuit and lay in a tub of water.  Then whoever wasn’t laying in the tub got Rory out of her cast and laid her on top of the parent in the water.  The parent in the water held on to the leg because Rory was hysterical, and the parent outside the tub was the washer.   Baths were really hard, but we had to give them to her.  

At home the fear continued.  Even though her leg was stronger and she could scoot it around on the floor, she didn’t want anything to do with the bathtub.  As soon as I would run the water she would scream with fear.  Finally I got her to get in the tub by telling her that I needed help in the bath.  I put on my swimsuit and poured a small bath.  Rory was on the outside of the tub and really wanted to help wash my arms, and play with the bubbles.  However, every time I asked her if she wanted to come in she refused.  

I finally started splashing and pretending like I was having the funnest time of my life.  She loved this.  I slowly got her to take off her shirt because it was “getting wet from all the splashes.”  Before she knew what was happening, she was splashing in the bath and I was outside the tub.  I had to do this the first few baths she took, but her fear of bathing finally ended.  

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