Showering is one of harder everyday tasks when you live with POTS. Not only is it exhausting but it’s extremely dangerous because of the risk of falling and hitting your head.
Here’s my checklist for shower safety:
1.) shower stool
2.) Non-slip plastic mat that goes under the stool
3.) full water bottle in the shower to ease dizziness and other symptoms while showering
4.) Baby monitors (the “baby” one stays in the bathroom and my husband uses the “parent” monitor. This may sound, well, babyish, but I need to be able to get help if I feel like I might pass out. Once I have the service dog, I hope to train him to bark on command, which the monitor will pick up.)
5.) Manual chair or walker positioned right by the tub (a sturdy chair will work fine if you don’t use a wheelchair or walker.)
6.) Safety handles in tub
All of these items are available on Amazon in various styles.
If you have a spouse or roommate, I recommend showering when they are home as much as possible, especially if you are newly diagnosed and struggling to get your symptoms under control. You just don’t want to take any chances with shower safety since it can be such a hazardous situation.
I also recommend reducing your showering frequency as much as possible. Most people do not need to shower every day, especially in colder weather. Reducing showering frequency will reduce the risk of falls and it will also save you a ton of energy. Speaking from experience on the latter!