In today's day and age, who doesn't want to "be green?" Who doesn't want to save water by showering with a friend? (wink wink)
Well, my friends, let me introduce you to the "friend" that Kevin has to shower with...
This official Thoratec Heart Mate Shower Gear is basically the only way possible Kevin can take a shower. Remember, he can't get the batteries or his system controller wet. This shower type messenger bag encases the LVAD's system controller in the middle, and batteries on either side.
Kevin came home from the hospital just before Thanksgiving last year. He didn't get clearance to take a shower until mid-December. We had to wait for the "shower talk" from the SUPER VAD team of ladies. I was giving him sponge baths, which if I'm being honest, we both pretty much enjoyed. Hey, we're young, we're hot, why not make the most of a sponge bath when one can?
In the beginning it took almost an hour to get a shower completed from start to finish. Nowadays only about 30 minutes from start to finish. After each shower I have to do a sterile dressing change on his drive-line site.
Let this blog entry serve as a reminder of the simple things in life. The next time you want to just take a "quick" shower... think about how difficult it would be to take a shower with a messenger bag, weighing about 6lbs, hanging off of your body and only have one fully functioning hand.