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Incontinence pads

Posted: Fri May 04, 2018 10:28 pm
by Linda_1503
What sort of a sadist manufacturer vacuum packs the Incontinence pads. Having left my mum perched on the commode I sprint into the other room only to find it’s a new packet. I try punching a hole in the packet with me finger but nothing. I’m only just starting to panic as I have left my blind with dementia mum unattended for a few seconds so I yell “sit still I will only be a mo”. Dashing into the kitchen I mean business and grab the butter knife and stab a hole through the packing. Straight through a bloody Incontinence pad.

That’s when the fun really starts......

I try removing one of the pads but they are so tightly packed it won’t budge. Another reassuring yell to the other room “sit still I’m coming”.....so I try rocking a pad backwards and forwards to prize one out....still nothing. I grab the butter knife and try cutting one out. Maybe if I cut out the stabbed pad it will make some space ?

A very much louder because I’m now beginning to really really loose my rag “ NEARLY THERE MUM I’M JUST COMING” and now I have resorted to tearing the packet with my teeth so all the pads spill out in shrink wrapped breeze block.

Grabbing one I dash back to my mum who for once has been sitting still and playing with the edge of her night dress oblivious to the fact that I’m now red with anger and knackered.

Quick change of the pad and settle her back in her chair. Go back in the other room to pick up the pads I had left on the floor to find the dog playing toss with a number 6 pad and a pile of trashed pads that’s she had decided to chew. It looks like we have had a snow storm.

So I repeat “ step forth the b@#tard who vacuum packs Incontinence pads designed for the elderly !!!!!!!!!!! So I may smack you round the head with one of the remaining size 6 the dog didn’t get

Re: Incontinence pads

Posted: Sat May 05, 2018 7:44 am
by Henrietta
:lol:
Hope today goes a little smoother.

Re: Incontinence pads

Posted: Sat May 05, 2018 10:44 am
by jenny lucas
Oh lordy - think of it as a scene in a sit-com, and it might raise a laugh (or a grrrrrr!).

'The Hidden World of Caring'....eh????

My 'fave' Hidden World moment came when MIL-with-dementia was still well enough for me to take her for afternoon drives, which she enjoyed. I'd parked overlooking the sea side, and got a little take-away cream tea from the beach café, and spread the cream and jam etc on the scone, and had handed it to her in the passenger seat, chatting away one-sidedly as I always did to her. I'd taken the top off the take-away cup of tea so it would cool down, and then, somehow, don't know how, I managed to dislodge my mobile phone which was on the dash, and it plunged merrily into the open-topped cardboard mug.....disappeared from view totally.

I had to fish it out (scalded fingers!) and mop it dry, and then 'disassemble' it to try and let the insides dry out as best they might.

Amazingly, it did seem to recover somewhat by the next day, though it was always a bit dodgy after that.

Re: Incontinence pads

Posted: Sat May 05, 2018 11:25 am
by Pet66
How frustrating!
How about getting one of those really useful plastic boxes with lid, and storing them like that. BB highly recommends this sort of storage and I have several now.

Re: Incontinence pads

Posted: Sat May 05, 2018 8:59 pm
by Linda_1503
Lol...I did the mobile phone down the toilet bit. That terrible moment when my work IPhone plunged down the pan whilst supporting my mum and trying to pull her pants up at same time. When questioned by my boss if the phone had been in the water long I had to admit that there was a split second when I turned to grab the phone before realising that mum was toppling backwards so the phone stayed submerged for a while.
There was also the time I dropped the phone and stuck my foot out to break it’s fall. Only for me to actually kick it by mistake and score a curling David Beckham type shot with the phone hitting the wall and smash.....
I do wish at times I had been born a octopus as being a carer you certainly need more then one pair of hands

Re: Incontinence pads

Posted: Sat May 05, 2018 10:00 pm
by Ayjay
Linda_1503 wrote:
Fri May 04, 2018 10:28 pm
What sort of a sadist manufacturer vacuum packs the Incontinence pads.
At a guess, one with a pair of scissors. :lol:

Re: Incontinence pads

Posted: Sat May 05, 2018 10:29 pm
by Linda_1503
Don’t you find though so much packaging is becoming really difficult to open. Meat is now almost flat packed so when you pull the tab you find your newly purchased piece of sirloin steak fly majestically over the kitchen work top.
And that special moment when you hold your breath opening a yoghurt pot for the bit when your smacked in the face with a blob of peach Melba..
Thank god someone invented the plastic milk bottles where you only have to yank off the cover, that I have mastered with my teeth.
It’s a big improvement on the the old cartons having to fold out the wings and then tear open the spout and then leave it for the next unsuspecting soul who makes a hot drink only to find you didn’t create the spout equally and the milk flows at a 45 degree angle....lol

Re: Incontinence pads

Posted: Sat May 05, 2018 10:47 pm
by Ree_1802
Thank goodness my mums pads don't come vacuum packed. Sounds a nightmare!
I do have an issue with fruit pots I sometimes take in my lunch to work. I have to open it over the sink as the juice shoots out about 2 metres!

Re: Incontinence pads

Posted: Sat May 05, 2018 10:50 pm
by bowlingbun
My hands are arthritic, and opening things can be a challenge. My eldest son lives with me, and is used to me handing thungs over for him to open. I know that the rules about things being tamper proof are designed to protect us, but it's going too far now!

Re: Incontinence pads

Posted: Sun May 06, 2018 7:53 am
by Ayjay
Linda_1503 wrote:
Sat May 05, 2018 10:29 pm
Don’t you find though so much packaging is becoming really difficult to open. Meat is now almost flat packed so when you pull the tab you find your newly purchased piece of sirloin steak fly majestically over the kitchen work top.
And that special moment when you hold your breath opening a yoghurt pot for the bit when your smacked in the face with a blob of peach Melba..
Thank god someone invented the plastic milk bottles where you only have to yank off the cover, that I have mastered with my teeth.
It’s a big improvement on the the old cartons having to fold out the wings and then tear open the spout and then leave it for the next unsuspecting soul who makes a hot drink only to find you didn’t create the spout equally and the milk flows at a 45 degree angle....lol
I agree that much packaging is difficult to open by hand, and for that reason I long ago adopted a more measured approach than your scattergun attacks.

The ones that really boil my piss are those with the words "Peel Here" tucked away almost invisible in one corner. They invariably don't: so I gave up and started using tools.

A sharp knife, with the object package laid on an appropriate surface, a pair of scissors and for those harder blister packs a pair of game scissors and that pretty much covers it all.

I never yank the top off of my milk bottles, a couple of careful incisions with a sharp pointy knife and I have a container which can pour a controlled flow of cow juice into my tea or coffee. The 4 or 6 pint bottles can be a little unwieldy and this works a treat.

Not everyone struggled with winged milk cartons, but it was fun watching those that did.
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