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    Originally posted by rfbdorf
    Try a spray bottle of pet odor remover, from the grocery store.
    - Richard
    Thanks Richard.


      We bought our Bissel SpotBot for puppy accidents when we got Maggie two years ago. It also works on red wine stains on the carpet, accidents on mattresses [with a follow up using white vinegar for odor] and the hose attachment works so well on car and van spills or winter dirt. Might not reach into chair crevices but handy otherwise.
      Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

      Disclaimer: Answers, suggestions, and/or comments do not constitute medical advice expressed or implied and are based solely on my experiences as a SCI patient. Please consult your attending physician for medical advise and treatment. In the event of a medical emergency please call 911.


        Getting out the Smell

        Originally posted by D.Woodingham
        Can someone please advise me on how can I get rid of the smell on my wheelchair? My other helper decided to use a product called "Fabuloso All-Purpose Cleaner" to get rid of the odor, but it dosen't seem to be effective enough. Thanks.

        EDIT: I just heard about deodorizers such as "Nature's Miracle" and "Natural Magic Odor Blaster," but I will need to order them and can't wait that long because I have an appointment soon.

        Will white vinegar do the trick for now???
        Try using full strength Lysol. Oxi Clean works on carpet odors if you have an accident.
        Aggie Mom 2007


          Originally posted by frwheel16 View Post
          Run a add on Craigs list under domestics. you'll find plenty of help..
          Any idea how an ad for someone to do bowel care should be worded?

          Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.


            "Seeking personal care attendant for assistance with activities of daily living including personal (bowel and bladder) care."

            The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.


              Any update on if Alan found the help he needed? I to will be in the same boat real soon I'm sure.. All my care for 24 years has been provided by my family and now it's just me and Ma unfortunately she is at that age in life were she won't be able to help much longer...
              I hope you found the help you were looking for Alan
              Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway. .(John Wayne)


                My brother's night sitter is trained by myself to do what is called a 'bed bowel program' wherein the suppository is placed and then he uses bathroom in bed in a diaper, wherein she rolls him over and gets it off him, placing another diaper under him like changing a baby in it's crib, but a larger baby - of course. He HATES using bathroom in bed, but has gotten used to it as it's the simplest and fastest method.

                I bought him a $480 potty chair made out of pvc pipe that has reclining back and feet rests as well that recline. He never used it when he came home out of the nursing home he'd been living in post injury in 2007. The nursing home had implemented the 'bed bowel' thing and I made sure when he came home he'd have a potty chair compatable with his injury that he could be placed on. It was so much trouble getting him on/off the chair that he never even used it - once.

                He's had one sitter that does his bowel program in bed at night. Usually between 1-2 hours after suppository is placed, it's all over with after he lies on his side to be cleaned. Sure, it's yucky, but it works.

                I agree with the moderator here, these people that are hired to care for you should be willing to do this. I also know about lazy, unwilling aides. It's a never ending cycle and I put an ad in our local paper when I need another one, let the answering machine get their phone number. If they sound like they might REALLY be interested or might have some sense, I will call them back and weed them out according to the way they talk. Money is always the issue. We, too, have little of that. Sometimes, explaining to them that your'e paying CASH, not withholding taxes from their income makes it sound better. We also have 14 hours/day paid sitting through a state agency. I also have MY preferences on their payroll by placing my ad and helping them fill out their applications to get them paid via state Medicaid program in our state. I found out early in the game that the class of people the state sent to my brother was not the kind I wanted in his home because of lack of knowledge and poor attitudes. It is hard sometimes to find a good sitter (who has to do MORE than just SIT) to tend to a quad.

                I feel for you guys. I only wish there were more people in this world that had a desire to help paralyzed people with their daily existence. A lot of times, family won't do it and often times one person has all the responsibility and love to tend to the task at hand. That's how it's done at our household. Somebody has to tend to it. I really feel for the paralyzed person who has to do all this by themselves with no support from family or friends. You are to be commended.

                Sister to Quad