August 30, 2011
The Chair Stands Alone
Remember the nursery song... The Farmer in the Dell; at the end the cheese stood alone. Well in my Post Stroke World the Shower Chair Stands Alone.
There's a lot of paraphernalia that goes along with stroke recovery. I came home with a walker, shower chair, adapters for silverware, and plans for upgrading to a cane, never mind the multiple medications. We were supposed to install hand rails in the shower but somehow that never happened. In the last six months just about everything has disappeared from my world. Except the shower chair... and I don't think it will follow the rest of the trappings into the attic anytime soon.
The reprieve the chair is receiving isn't due to my recovery or inability to stand in the shower. It plain and simple has to do with the fact it has become a sort of luxury item. Seriously!! After working out in the yard on some of the hottest days taking a nice long shower now is more relaxing. A teenager not to be named has been known to enjoy the chair's benefits after long runs or extreme work-outs. Who knew this once necessary item was now bringing joy and happiness to others.
The funny thing is I see them in stores now. I never really noticed them before. Because we really had no say in what type we were getting as third parties arranged all that for us I had no clue as to the varieties available.I've also noticed these puppies pop up at garage sales and thrift stores often. Considering what they go for new paying $15 for a shower chair and a bottle of disinfectant is well worth it.
So for those of you who like me don't have a garden tub to relax in I definitely suggest purchasing yourself a shower chair... better to buy one because you want it rather than needing it don't you think!
This is the one we have. You can purchase them without a back but why would you????