Monday, February 16, 2009

An Unusual Solution

Ok - remember the burned bottom? On my middle son?

Well, it was a bad burn - skin turned grey, flaking off, fluid leaking out. How do you bandage a rear? I tried a nice dressing, but having your butt cheeks taped together produces a wooden puppet-like walk and was decidedly uncomfortable. Besides, it made using the toilet awkward.

So I thought... hmmm... I need a dressing that sticks to his underwear, not his butt, and one with a non-stick cover... yup, you got it - a maxi pad - Always with Wings!

I don't have any since I had a hysterectomy, but I found one somewhere, and yes, it was perfect. Just the right size, sticks to his underwear, non-stick! Perfect. Not wanting to explain the female reproductive cycle to a ten year old whose response would likely be total disgust and refusal to wear Always with Wings, I told him it is a pad like people wear when they leak a little pee. He knows I change diapers in the nursing home, so that made sense to him... (the lies we moms tell...)

It works. Padded, so it protects his ah, tender butt, and absorptive so it catches all the leaking interstitial fluids.. Yes, he does have a cute little J-Lo butt, but hey, it's working!

Now, I need to go to school tomorrow and get permission for him to use the staff bathroom. That could be the end of his junior school experience if kids found out he was wearing a maxi pad!

If the shoe fits....

5 comments:

Karis said...

I needed that laugh. Way to be creative! And good job thinking ahead about him using the bathroom at school.

Karis said...

I'm not sure why I'm adding this on except that it's late at night and maybe it will bring a smile to your face. -- Although you didn't tell him the main purpose of pads, you didn't tell a lie because you gave him a secondary purpose. I for one have worn pads for the secondary purpose that you gave. When I was pregnant and sneezed or laughed too hard, I had horrible bladder control so depending on where I was going, I sometimes wore a pad just in case I needed a little something to absorb any potential problem. Ahhh... the memories.

Becky Aguirre said...

Oh, that's a good one! haha! I agree with Karis...I've used pads for bladder control purposes as well. And yeah, would be pretty bad for him if word got out about it...don't think he'd ever live that one down! We used a diaper on Jojo's bleeding head once, too, also an unusual solution...

Missionaries in La Ceiba, Honduras said...

Sounds like a true missionary! Making due with what you have :-)

E. T. Tenna said...

LOL! too funny!!!