It's Official.........We Are Getting OLD!!!
Saturday, September 12, 2015
The other day, when I was cleaning the Shower/Tub in our largest bathroom, I noticed that there were tiles bowing out on the North wall near the faucets. I called my husband in to look at them and he began by pulling one tile away and by the time he was done, there was about a 3' by 3' hole!!!!! He looked the pipes over carefully and really didn't see any place where they were leaking. He turned the faucet on as high as it would go and still, NOTHING. Then, I asked him if it was possible that the water was wicking from the edges of the tub up into the tiles or even through the grout. This sounded like a real possibility to him, but still meant a very big job with a thorough plumbing check first followed by the wall being completely repaired with a new type of dry-wall that resists wicking and doesn't come all the way to the edge of the tub, followed by re-cementing all of the old tiles!!!!! I could see my husbands eyes glaze over at the thought of all of these steps!!!!!
This past week, I installed a seat in my Mom's bathroom that allows her to slide across it into the tub and remain seated for her shower. She loves it and it isn't anything permanent, which satisfied her landlord. It made me think of our Shower/Bath and the fact that my Spinal Stenosis is NOT going to go away, and I started thinking of a walk-in shower or tub as a possibility for our area instead of repairing what we have which still leaves the higher tub wall for me to scale over the years.
So..........today, we had a young man come to our home to assess our needs. I have always preferred a shower to a bath and when I heard how much the walk-in tubs cost, I became even more enamored of the shower. It is a beautiful unit, very easy to get in and out of, has the option of a hand-held shower handle, is easy to clean, we didn't choose the built-in seat because I forsee myself standing for many years yet (hopefully!) and can use a shower chair if I feel I need one. I LOVE IT!!!!! My husband LOVES that this monkey is off his back!!!! But.........It is one more sign that we are getting older.
It was also a reminder that staying as healthy as possible has MANY, MANY rewards and INDEPENDENCE is one of the most important ones to me.
I hope that you are having a wonderful weekend............