I’m not talking just necessarily making things easier because that could be anything from a phone to a microwave. I am talking things that have literally changed your life, made it better, even made living possible, etc. I’m going to share a very personal story with you and hope that if anyone has kids with this particular problem, they can learn from my story.
I wet the bed until I was in the 6th grade. I would also have accidents even during the day. It was awful sitting in circle trying to focus on the teacher but all the while feeling my bladder screaming at me that it needed to empty. The worst was the teacher not letting me get up and go and having to deal with the leaking urine until they finally noticed how distraught I was and allow me to leave. But the damage had already been done at that point.: wet pants for the rest of the day and the other kids teasing me endlessly because of it.
Forget sleep-overs. I refused every time and never had anyone come to my house to stay the night.
I can’t imagine what my poor mom went through all those years. She’d have to wash my sheets every night, air out the mattress, all so that I could repeat it again and again and again for years. Seems like when a child is potty trained a parent should get a break from the messes but my case was different.
I have a condition where my bladder isn’t big enough. It stopped growing when I was a child. This genetic anomaly comes from my dad’s side of the family. The other thing I had issues with was sleeping too deeply to wake up when my bladder would signal it was time to empty.
This is where the technology comes in :)
My folks ended up getting me a bedwetting alarm that consisted of a flat sheet of foil that would bee placed on the mattress and the sheet over top of it. It was hooked up to a machine that would sound an alarm when any moisture hit it. And we’re not talking a sweet nice alarm (is there really such a thing????) but rather something that I imagine would bring every fire truck within a thousand mile radius. I can’t imagine what that must have been like for the family LOL
My mom told me that on the first night I used the machine (I don’t remember this at all) the alarm went off so she came running into the room and found me literally running in circles just peeing all over the floor. Have I mentioned that I also suffer from night terrors?? Yeah, not a good combo ;)
Anyway, after a few months of using this machine and plenty of false alarms, I eventually changed my sleep patterns so that rather than staying in the deep realms of sleep, I would come back up to the stage 1 every few hours or so. When that happened I was awake enough to realize I had to pee and get up and no more accidents! Okay, I’m sure there were a few ;)
Talk about a major change! I was no longer afraid of going to sleep over at a friends or having them come to my house. I ended up withholding fluids during the days at school so I wouldn’t have to pee so often but even this adjustment isn’t without dangers. The withholding-fluids-thing has followed me into adulthood and as a result, I’ve had heat stroke once and heat exhaustion three or four times. if I drink enough water so that my urine flows clear or pale yellow (like you’re supposed to) I swear I end up in the bathroom every half an hour LOL Which is fine if you’re home for the summer and only writing a book, but when I’m teaching, I can’t be leaving class that often.
So the machine didn’t cure me of my tiny bladder but it did help me to enjoy such a simple thing as staying at a friend’s house and to wake up with dry sheets every morning.
What about you, friends and readers? What technological/medical device has literally changed your life? I’d love to hear from you!