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John – What was the hardest part about coming home?

John – What was the hardest part about coming home?

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Well, when he first came home—I don’t know if you want to hear that part about the cathetering—he had to be cathed every four hours.  Well, he came home after—I don’t remember how long it was, a couple of months, I guess—he came home, an... Show More

Well, when he first came home—I don’t know if you want to hear that part about the cathetering—he had to be cathed every four hours.  Well, he came home after—I don’t remember how long it was, a couple of months, I guess—he came home, and I was up every four hours during the night, you know.  And, then if we went out anywhere, I had to be back in four hours to do the cathing again, because he can’t use his hands.  So, that was rough, and that went on for quite a long time—I’d say six-seven months, eight months.  And then we got a hold of his urologist, and he went with an indwelling catheter, and that made all the difference in the world.  We still had our troubles, you now, where they clogged up and this and that.  You always have that, and we still have that, that’s part of the injury, you know.  But, I think that was the hardest part of him coming home was that four-hour routine.  I looked like that Dunkin Donut guy, you know, coming or going, I didn’t know where I was half the time.

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John – What was the hardest part about coming home?

John

Son injured in 1985 at age 22, quadriplegic
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Well, when he first came home—I don’t know if you want to hear that part about the cathetering—he had to be cathed every four hours.  Well, he came home after—I don’t remember how long it was, a couple of months, I guess—he came home, and I was up every four hours during the night, you know.  And, then if we went out anywhere, I had to be back in four hours to do the cathing again, because he can’t use his hands.  So, that was rough, and that went on for quite a long time—I’d say six-seven months, eight months.  And then we got a hold of his urologist, and he went with an indwelling catheter, and that made all the difference in the world.  We still had our troubles, you now, where they clogged up and this and that.  You always have that, and we still have that, that’s part of the injury, you know.  But, I think that was the hardest part of him coming home was that four-hour routine.  I looked like that Dunkin Donut guy, you know, coming or going, I didn’t know where I was half the time.

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