So, the agency that provides my mom with a Japanese caretaker 2x a week called me yesterday with the FUNNIEST story! Apparently Y-- was finally successful in getting my mom to take a bath. Let me back up a bit... When we first moved mom into an assisted living home, she refused to bathe. The caregivers at the home spent the whole month trying to get mom to allow them to help her bathe 3X a week. Their first attempt resulted in one of the caregivers, a woman about my size, to get "beat up" by my mom (at 4'11" and 75lb dripping wet, no pun intended). I thought they were joking when they told me about it because they were giggling and carrying on. I was just horrified (and secretly very proud of my mom) when I saw poor C--'s bruised arms and haunted eyes. (Ok, joking about the haunted eyes part, but those bruises were HUGE, black and purple all up and down both arms!). Since then, apparently, they've never been successful in getting mom to bathe again. I'm guessing that they mean "willingly bathe," because one of them told me that it takes 5 of them to give her a bath. This is despite the fact that they tried to accommodate my mom by buying a makeshift bathtub (a huge plastic storage crate!) and adding a stool so that she could bathe Japanese style.
Now back to the story of how Y-- finally got my mom to take a bath. When she tried to coax her into bathing this Thursday, my mom asked her if she would take one with her (Japanese tradition of community bathing). I would have loved to have seen Y--'s face at that moment! Lo and behold, she agreed! Bless her dear heart!! I just started howling with laughter when the owner of agency got to this part in her report. She couldn't stop laughing either! I've never met Y--, but I was picturing this little Japanese woman squeezing herself into the plastic storage crate with my mom in order to help her bathe! And then I was picturing the other caregivers at the home-- eyes widening in horror at the thought that on the days that Y-- isn't there, that's what it's going to take for them to get my mom to take a bath! Oh my goodness it's just so funny! I still can't stop laughing about it! Y-- definitely deserves some extra pay for her efforts! Anyway, they said that my mom was happily taking a bath with Y-- and then afterwards, she got upset and told her to go home! Awwww... I love my mommy!Hee hee hee!!!