Over the last 4 days, my husband Darrel has been in bed nursing a pressure wound. This has meant that I have been far busier with him, which has resulted in a shift of our regular routines in the home (but Kipawa has still had his 2+ hours a day of walks). It has also resulted in some surprising behaviors from Kipawa.
1. Both yesterday morning and this morning he decided to poop in the living room. He was fine with peeing outdoor. So is this an attempt to get attention?
2. This afternoon he was sitting on the bed with Darrel. Very quickly he started chewing on the bedspread and pulling out some fluff. As Darrel is a quadriplegic, he can't move fast enough to physically re-direct/correct Kipawa. Darrel attempted 'no' and 'off' with no success. Darrel called me and I told Kipawa 'no' and 'off', but I feel it was not timely enough for a good correction. His bedroom privileges were taken away from him for the day. No visiting allowed. No huge fuss made. He was escorted out of the room and spoken to in my 'this is not acceptable' tone. Guess who had to get out the needle and thread.
3. Last night before bed, Kipawa was sitting right where I rest my bum on the bed (yeah, it has a nice 'indent' in it ). I pointed to where I wanted him to sit. He growled 'errrrrrr' quietly. I physically moved him and the 'errrr' was quite loud with front teeth showing.
Kipawa has a very good heart, and I really think this might be due to the changes around our home right now. The other thing is that the bond between Kipawa and I is very strong. I just re-read item #2 and realized that Kipawa is NEVER in our bedroom during the day. So all of that would be a huge change.
Hopefully tomorrow Darrel will be able to spend about 3 hours in his wheelchair. And things will slowly get back to normal. Thoughts? Comments? Ever had a similar problem?