Sunday, June 6, 2010

A Special Gift

Kathy, over at Four Dog Day is a very talented seamstress. A few weeks ago I contacted her to see about getting an item special made for me for Ron. He has such trouble with shaking and tremors that he often loses food off his fork/spoon when he's eating. After trying to get many, many things out of his shirts, we decided that an adult bib would be good for him to have. I always cut his food up for him when we go out and make sure that the utensils he has to use are appropriate for what he is eating. We try really hard to not make a spectacle of Ron in public (and, thankfully, he doesn't embarrass easily) so I do what I do with the least amount of fanfare and as privately as possible.

When he spills food, I just quietly point where it is and either help him clean it up or do it if he cannot. A bib in public would be good but that may be more attention getting than Ron without. But, a bib at home is great because he's home alone during the day and having something to "save" his shirts is good.

Kathy and I emailed back and forth a couple of times with ideas and such and then she let me know that she had the bib all done. I am thrilled with it, Ron is thrilled with it, and it has already saved one shirt from disaster.

One side is terry cloth and the other a "manly" print. Kathy thought that the trim was messed up but, honestly, I looked the thing over from one end to the other and it looks perfect to me. Ron can just simply put the "tie" part over his head and he doesn't have to worry about fastening or unfastening anything to make it work. It's amazing. 

Kathy is amazing! When I sent her my address, I asked for her to let me know how much I owed her and I'd mail her a check. Included in the box was a very cute (hand made) card. Kathy expressed that wouldn't take a dime for the bib, saying that someone recently had done something special for her so she was just paying it forward.

Thank you very much, Kathy! The bib is fabulous and just perfect! We greatly appreciate it.


Kathy said...

You are so very welcome. I'm so happy it's working out for Ron. :)

Pat said...

I've seen adult bibs at the flea market when we are in AZ. When we go back next winter, I'll let you know if I see any and what the cost is - I believe they were are $6 or $7 each.