As many of you here know (especially cheryl
), I am a nursing assistant (cheryl and Robinellli as well as a few other posters here are full fledged nurses).
A nursing assistant is a (relatively) new professional designation. We didn't come along until the 1970's. Prior to that you just had nurses, nurses, and more nurses. And the lower-level nursing duties (the yucky grunt work aspect of being a nurse) were delegated to "junior nurses" or "student nurses" who were still new and inexperienced and/or unlicensed.
The whole point of creating this new job slot called a "nursing assistant" was to come up with a lower-paid version of those "junior nurses." We nursing assistants get paid shit compared to an actual nurse, and there is a pretty stiff ceiling on just how high our wages can ever go. I am explainng all this because my job has been given the regrettable nickname of PAW which stands for Paid Ass Wiper. The view is that nurses do "real" nursing, but nursing assistants do the unglamorous stuff like toileting and dentures, etc. (The more objectified way of looking at it is that the nurse is concerned with the INSIDE of the body, including all the drugs and needles and wounds care, while the nursing assistant is concerned with the OUTSIDE of the body, including toileting and dressing and grooming and gettinng in and out of bed.) The nursing assistant is very concerned with helping people to accomplish what are called ADL
's which are the "Activities of Daily Living," and that includes eating, drinking, bathing, toileting, dressing, undressing, walking, tidying up your room, even soritng through your mail. These are DEEPLY personal things which easily 99% of us here in ths message forum can do with 100% independence (at this time in our lives). But as soon as you need to ask someone for help in doing these things --help with taking a damned shit!-- you suddenly become aware of your own human frailty.
Getting all that back story aside ....
I cannot tell you how many butts I wipe in a week's time. Helping people on and off the toilet, and then bracing them with one arm while I wipe their butt with the other is one of the most common and most crucial duties in my job desdcription. And I discovered very early on that a lot of people are very particular about how they want themselves wiped. They are even particular about how much toilet paper gets used, how the paper gets gathered (some people wad it up into a misshapen ball while others fold it meticulously at each perforation, and others still wrap it round and round their hand like they are coiling up a garden hose), and the manner in which the wiping happens (front to back, back to front, one cheek at a time, etc).
My point is that toileting is one of the most personal and intimate things a person does, either for themselves or for another person. And a lifetime of preferences as to how it is done get ingrained very early on into people.
It is hard to ask someone to change the way they toilet themselves. Little kids who have never seen a porta-potty before run screaming away from such a thing when Mommy opens the door and the kid sees the yucky stained plastic and smells those bizarre chemicals. Elderly people (my typical client) want to wipe from back to front, even though I have been trained to wipe front to back to avoid my causing a UTI via my possibly pushing feces from the anus into the
Some little kids do well on a camping trip (or even an extra long afternoon hike through the woods) where Mommy or Daddy say "We need to squat over here by this tree." But other little kids cry and insist upon holding it for however many hours it takes to get back home (most can't and either give in to the squat or they just pee/poop their pants).
As Shaunypoo said, preventing/mitigating disruption in your life to the particulars of those activities which are VERY important to you (in other words, preventing disruption to your own personal ADL
's or "Activities of Daily Living") is IMO the very heart of survivalism. And so to me, having several cases of TP on hand is VERY important. I don't care that a case takes up as much storage space as a 10,000-BTU air condtioning unit. The use of TP is an ADL of extreme importance to me. So I will preserve that one with a very high priority.