Last night BC decided he would take himself to the toilet. As usual, I told him I would come and help, but I was told “No, I’ll do it myself”.
Regardless, I tried to follow to help him, but I was once again told to “go away”. So I did (well at least I hid behind the door and tried to sneak some peeks at how he was going).
He was able to get himself upright at the toilet and, with much effort to pull his pants and undies down while he was standing up, something I’ve never seen him do before.
The story doesn’t end as well as it started. Once his pants were down, he was kind of stuck about how to get himself actually on to the toilet and time was running out..
And let’s just say that although it started so well, it ended with me, a bottle of disinfectant and a mop. Luckily it was just number 1.
Still though, I’m not complaining. I was very impressed. And he took the accident in his stride and didn’t get upset.
So now I realise it’s now time for us to update our toileting ‘system’.
We currently have one of these step/seats for him to use on the toilet.
He can sit on it very steadily and holding the rails can stand up, but getting on and off is just too tricky because it’s narrow and not very stable.
We now need to look at getting a new set up that will make it easier for him to access the toilet on his own.
I’m guessing that we’ll probably need to get something made (or make it ourselves) to fit our particular needs.
Fortunately, BC’s early intervention centre is brilliant and they do home visits. Fortunately too, we are almost due for a home visit so the OT and I can soon plan a new set up that will hopefully lead BC towards even more independent toileting.