A story about Janie and her beloved husband
As a critical care nurse for 40 years, my work predominately
centered on patients and their families.
From broken bones to debilitating diseases like Parkinson’s—a nursing
career prepares you for life’s unexpected moments.
Inevitably, there comes a day when the nurse becomes the
patient, or, in this case, my husband became the patient.
About ten years ago, my husband Michael was diagnosed with
Parkinson’s Dementia. The disease affects the brain’s ability to think, reason
and hang on to memories while the body loses muscle coordination. Eventually
Michael’s movement became impaired.
This intelligent man spoke many languages—including Mandarin
Chinese and Portuguese. But the disease slowly took that ability away.
Eventually, simple pleasures like watching football on TV were no longer simple
or pleasurable. Because of disease
progression, the game stopped making sense to Michael.
Then his muscle movements slowly declined. It started with a
hand tremor—then his walk slowed down, and he developed what’s known as
Parkinson’s gait, where he shuffled his feet. He started using a cane which led
to using a wheelchair.
Eventually his bowel function changed. It fluctuated from
constipation to an urgent need to use the restroom. But sometimes he didn’t make it in time. He developed incontinence—a condition that
causes loss of bowel or urinary control.
Eventually he started using adult diapers. That was
difficult for him—for anyone, really.
We also turned to Sage
for their Comfort Shield® Incontinence Barrier Cream Cloths. The cloths soothed his bottom—and prevented
sores—which is fairly common with incontinence.
Skin becomes vulnerable to sores when it regularly comes in contact with
urine and feces.
Using Comfort Shield® Incontinence Barrier Cream Cloths kept his skin free from sores. Even the hospice nurses who visited noticed
his healthy skin. There was no skin breakdown or sores—something I
attributed to the cloths.
Compared to other products, the Sage cloths were gentler on
his skin. I think it’s because of the
barrier protection and emollients used in their products. As far as I’m
concerned, Sage is far and above the rest of the industry in what they have to
offer in the quality of their products.
A final word—my husband passed before Thanksgiving 2014. I
miss him tremendously, as do our daughters, Anne and Kat. He’s forever in my