Oct 9, 2011

Dotty Pood

From time to time, I have to check the poo. I mean what if there is some blood in the poo?

By Bob DeMarco
+Alzheimer's Reading Room

One Day at a Time
Before I assumed my role as an Alzheimer's caregiver, I never realized how big a problem taking a poo could be.

For example, Dr Oz has shows on poo all the time. I would have never learned that if not for being at home with Dotty.

I have to admit. I rarely have a problem with the poo.

Even when I worked, I took my poo around the same time each day.

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In fact, the only time I ever have any problem with the poo is when my schedule somehow gets disrupted.

I also learned that it is mostly women that have problems with the poo. For example, I learned that many women won't poo at work. They hold it in and then get clogged up.

Then they take those explosion pills before they go to bed. Wake up with a monster stomach cramp, and boom, explosion, I pood.

The thing about Dotty and poo. When Dotty goes more than one day without the poo, she tends to get all dull and "not there".

To be honest, I don't like the "not there" look, and I fight it every day. I have written extensively on this.

So anyway, last night before she went to bed, I gave Dotty the magic elixir, prune juice. Well before she pood, she went to sleep.

In the meantime, I was talking to my sister Joanne. The question, what if Dotty poo's in bed?

I told my sis. No problem.

What I mean here is, I would rather clean up poo than look at the dull, disconcerted, discombobulated look on my mother's face.

It is true.

This morning Dotty wakes up. I hear her moving around and I go check. She was in the bathroom. After a while I don't hear anything. So I go and take a peek. Dotty was sitting on the toilet,. So, I left her alone. If I say a word, Dotty will get up off the toilet and we might not get the poo. I learned to peek in, and then move out without saying a word.

A while later I hear those now famous words. I'm awake you know.

I go up to move Dotty to the kitchen. She is all smiley faced and had a very strong voice.

I ask, did you poo? She answered yes and starting laughing.

I then asked her, big poo or little poo. She answered I don't know, I didn't look.

I don't know about you. I don't have to look to know if I had a big or little poo.

Okay, at this point you should hide your eyes or click out of this article if you don't like discussing poo. I mean like the poo itself.

Hmm, how do I say this judiciously?

Well, sometimes Dotty has some pretty big logs. Yikes.

By now you might be starting to think, this guy is mentally ill.

Not really.

From time to time, I have to check the poo. I mean what if there is some blood in the poo?

Or, what if the poo is discolored or is the wrong color?

This could be an indication of a major sickness or illness coming on.

It is doubtful that Dotty would tell me if her poo doesn't look right, or looks suspicious. So, I have to check.

Now some people might cringe when they hear me discussing poo and Alzheimer's caregiving.

But, the bottom line is simple. I am the caregiver and I have to watch out for Dotty. I don't want something bad to happen that I could have controlled by dotting the I's and crossing the T's.


It does make me feel happy when Dotty pood. She always seems happier and "more there".

I hope you are watching the poo and keeping track of when they poo. It might seem like a pain. On the other hand, you might have a lot of better days if you stay on top of the poo.

Let's face it. Walking around carry a couple of extra pounds of poo inside is not a good thing.

File this one under "more there".

That's it.

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Bob DeMarco is the Founder and Editor of the Alzheimer's Reading Room (ARR). Bob is a recognized influencer, speaker, and expert in the Alzheimer's and Dementia Community Worldwide. The ARR Knowledge Base contains more than 4,000 articles. Bob lives in Delray Beach, FL.
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