Friday, April 18, 2014

Peace, Piss and Poop

Here is My A To Z Challenge. An adventure. My attempt at telling you my story. I care for my husband who has end-stage Parkinson's disease.
We have good days and we have bad days. Hope you will follow along....A TO Z!

I spend each day searching for peace.
I wonder if it will ever come.
I'd like to live quietly.
But I don't want to be alone.
Peace is a good thing. 
Peace for the world.
Peace for everyone.
It's really not possible, that much I know.
Because it's what life is all about.
Wishing for peace.

Mostly I live with piss and poop.
Not very nice words, I know.
But it is my reality.
A part we are willing to show. 
I know a man who wrote a blog
He called it waste management.
I thought that was appropriate.
But I am not really that kind.
To me it is piss.
Or pee, if you wish.
And his is very, very orange.
The medication he takes causes this.
But at least it gathers into a bag.
If I had to deal with incontinence
I would really turn into a hag.
Piss and poop are just part of our life.
Nothing to moan about.
Unless of course there is a problem.
Then we will have to sort it all out.
I'm thankful he's the regular kind.
We haven't had much to deal with here.
And occasional spasm or a UTI.
Are just a part of the game.
Putting this all together,it fits
Piss and Poop if done right
Will bring Peace!
And you may laugh, if you wish


  1. I am laughing....I started laughing at the title!!

    1. It was nice to take a break and just be funny. When you are helping in the bathroom it is all you can do is laugh!!

  2. Hi Paula .. I do laugh, but I understand .. and really there's nothing more to do but laugh .. and get on with our lives as they are .. I do feel for you re the Peace and your desire for a peaceful life .. be at peace, while you cope so admirably looking after your dearly beloved - Hilary

    1. Thank You Hilary. Laughing is our best medicine

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    1. Thanks Elaine. I am not one who flowers it up

  4. I'm glad I came across this poem. It's a fun way to talk about, well, what probably isn't the most fun of situations. I'm looking forward to follow along on the rest of your A to Z journey!

    1. Welcome! And thanks. We call it what it is!

  5. Hello Paula, thank you for dropping in to my A to Z challenge. I hope that my flowers brought you some joy. This is so obviously not a laughing matter, but I love your poem - sometimes humour is the only thing that gets us through the tough times. All the best to you and your husband.

  6. Had to smile because you are sooooooooooo on the mark. And you're talking about things that if others did they might be better prepared. And you have to keep your spirit up, so why not have a little fun.

    Traveling Suitcase A-Z

    1. Thanks Sandy! It helps to be funny sometimes

  7. How can you not laugh...this new medicine cocktail they have mom on is bringing out the worst from her backside too...luckily, there are nurses to handle it for now. There's my peace! What you do every day is amazing. Like I've said before - even mired in piss and pooh, I love your love story. Hugs and hugs!

  8. You know, I get so sick n' tired of living in a 'politically-correct' world, I LOVED this, tell-it-like-it-is title!
    Reflecting on 'peace'? Goodness knows, you deserve it. (That used to be atop my wish list, too. Then again, I suspect I'd grow bored).

    1. We don't do political-correction at our house! Sometimes you will hear my grandkids yelling "Grandma!!!!!"

  9. I like the title waste management, but you are right, it all comes down to piss or poop; that would be hard to deal with especially the infections when they come because sometimes they are insidious and you don't realize its an infection until it is a full blown one.

    I am sure it is hard to find peace in the midst of the caregiving duties you do.


    1. I have peace some of the time Betty. It is not all bad. Today a friend dropped by with a huge bouquet of tulips from her yard and brought so much peace with her. Yes the infections are hard. I can usually tell when one is coming...he gets more confused

  10. "Piss and poop are just part of our life.
    Nothing to moan about"
    Loves these lines very much!
    When one gets into accepting life as it is and face it with determination, there is peace all around :)

    1. That is right. The hardest part is accepting!

  11. The reality of your posts are showing true life. You are a special person to do all this. Not many can do it.
    Katy Did

    Life's Ride In Between

    1. Thanks KT....I think it helps that I was a nurse first. And it is what any wife would do, don't you think?

  12. I was going to saw that a uti can bring confusion - but your answer to betty shows me that you already know.
    I wish other people's attitude was more like yours when it was needed.
    This blog is an outlet for you I'm sure. I just came across it - via a URL in a comment you left on another blog.

    janeyknitting AT yahoo DOT ca
    (Change caps to symbols and lose the spaces.)

    1. Thanks for dropping by Janey. Yes, I am an RN so it helps me know some things! And the blogging about it sure helps me cope.


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