I am getting a mani-pedi tomorrow. First, ballroom dancing and now mani-pedis. Who is this so-called caregiver? But I have to because I’m going to a Masquerade Ball where I can use my new and improved dancing skills.
This brought me to the conclusion that my brother-in-law could use a mani-pedi himself. I just can’t get him to the salon. No one will transport him in his humungous wheelchair if it is not a medical necessity. Now actually, it is a medical necessity. Because he is diabetic, he must have his nails taken care of as a function of keeping infection and fungus away. The podiatrist will come to his apartment and take care of feet, but not fingernails.
Conveniently, there is a salon in the building where he lives. After 6 months in a rehab nursing home, wanting to feel clean, and groomed and just as much a regular guy as possible, we made an appointment for my brother-in-law to get a haircut and a manicure at the salon in his building.
The manicurist won’t cut his fingernails. They are too hard to handle and she’s afraid of hurting him or cutting him. Albeit, she is supposed to be a professional manicurist. She suggests I get the visiting nurse to do it.
I text the visiting nurse. This is our text conversation:
“Hi cathy…We r not allowed to cut nails due the (sic) the risk of infection with diabetes..Sorry :(”
“Thank you for telling me. Do you know what other people do?”
“A podiatrist for the toes and I guess they do the fingernails themselves.”
I know. Already you are saying…………but Cathy, if he could do it himself you probably wouldn’t be asking this question…..to a nurse.
I can only come up with two possible solutions:
1. Pretend he is a bride and make arrangements for a personal manicure on his “wedding day.” I know some manicurists will do that. They may require an entire bridal party, but I’m sure I could get my mom and sisters, maybe some nieces and girlfriends to show up.
2. See if I can get him a mail order bride that is a manicurist.
Either way the word bride seems to be the answer to my problems.
“You just have to Laugh…..”