One problem I worried about repeatedly before my knee surgery was stress incontinence. Coughing or sneezing sometimes produces a small urinary leak that turns into a flood after about 60 seconds. While waiting for my surgery date I learned sudden knee pain also triggered stress incontinence. This set off alarm bells in my head. I regularly get up in the middle of the night to
go to the bathroom and was worried about losing bladder control if I felt sharp knee pain. I was freaked out about trying to clean urine from my wall-to-wall carpet.
A bedside commode would solve this problem, but I live alone so who is going to empty it??
While carrying the empty bucket from the toilet to the shower, my sound hand held the bucket and I slid the heel** of my hemiplegic hand along the bathroom counter to keep my balance. Hanneke suggested I put the bucket on my shower chair and use the shower hose to rinse it rather than risking a fall by leaning over to put the bucket under the water spout. After letting the bucket drain while sitting upside down on the shower chair I took it back to the commode by putting the bucket in the laundry basket and sliding it.
Ironically I never needed the bedside commode. Yet I felt triumphant because so many health professionals have told me to use a bedside commode. I also felt humbled because I arrived at the solution through sheer dumb luck instead of my OT degree and clinical experience.
** heel of hand = palm on the little finger side of hand near the wrist