How To Get The Smell of Urine Off One’s Hands
Changing diapers is no fun. Parents change babies willingly but if you surveyed them on what they like least about parenthood, I bet that chore would be right up there, close to the top.
Lucky for me (and Bea!), I lost my sense of smell when I overdosed on decongestant during pregnancy. I’m not crazy about confronting someone else’s bowel movement, but I do recognize that it is a necessary part of elderly care.
Now urine is something else. Old urine has a rancid smell. When you change the brief on a bedridden person, this smell gets on the fingers, even fingers protected by a thin layer of latex. Sometimes, late at night, I will forget to wash my hands after changing Bea. I will have tucked myself into bed and suddenly the stench rises up around me. Urine! Ugh!
For some reason, washing hands is not enough. I have discovered the smell to be persistent. So, I find myself at the sink in a decidedly Lady-Macbeth moment: “Out, out, damned urine!”
My solution is pungent hand cream. I wash, then intoxicate myself with Trillium Organics lavender and geranium Shea Butter.
While rubbing my hands together, it occurs to me that were Bea in a nursing home, impoverished immigrants would probably be changing her. Elderly care must be one of these jobs Bush claims Americans will not do …