The question then is: What do I do now? The answer, of course, depends on what I will term here, your "oh--oh" moment. [language curbed for sensitive eyes] Spill your hot coffee on you or someone else? Lose bladder control? Jab the cat with your cane? Fall on the floor?
While it is impossible to have a plan in place for all helpless moments, it is worthwhile to play the what if game. What if I spill coffee, pee my pants, jab the cat or fall on the floor? What would you do? Ask your spouse, caregiver or friend to put themselves in your shoes and find out how they might approach it.
Those helpless / oh--oh moments do occur more often than I would care for. However helpless the situation may feel, it is not hopeless. How will you handle yours?