The gift of a giggle

The gift of a giggle

The other day, my daughter and I made pizza together. I bought some pizza dough in a tube which, as I’m writing this, sounds gross, but what are you going to do, if you’re not a domestic goddess. We started well in advance of when we needed to be done. We read the...
Senior moments

Senior moments

On the night shift, someone was calling out in the dining room in the early morning. Old gent with Dementia, poking his head out of his room: “Someone is yelling out there and I haven’t got my shot gun.” I tucked in next to him, hoping to nudge him...
Dirty work

Dirty work

I spoke with a doctor recently. No, it wasn’t concerning my health. He sat down to talk with me about my chosen profession as a Health Care Aide on the Geriatric unit of a hospital. He told me a story about a woman who worked in his office as a medical receptionist....
Bath time

Bath time

I work as a Health Care Aide on the Geriatric Unit of a hospital and I always tell people how much I love my job. The other day, I was reminded why. I was about to give a bath to one of our patients, someone who tootles around in a wheel chair, not really relating to...
We Shouldn’t Have To Rearrange Our Lives To Provide At-Home Elder Care For Our Aging Parents

We Shouldn’t Have To Rearrange Our Lives To Provide At-Home Elder Care For Our Aging Parents

I remember, as a brand new bride, my new mother in law grasping my arm before I even left the sanctuary. Smiling at me, she burbled, “I’m so glad he married you! Now I won’t ever have to be in a nursing home!” My mother once informed me that, as the only...
What keeps me going

What keeps me going

At the end of some days the job itself might leave me worn physically, mentally, emotionally or hell, even spiritually, sometimes. But there are those rare times, though sporadic, they are so much more enormous When I find myself aiding someone who is able to hang on...