eXplanation #elderlyissues #atozchallenge

“Can you tell me?” “What would you like to know?” With Dementia we often will be asked the same questions every shift or 10 times every shift. I find the more confused a client is the more they can loop around a similarity. “When is my friend Felicia coming?” “We called. She’s on her way?”Continue reading “eXplanation #elderlyissues #atozchallenge”

What Would We do Without Water? #hydration #health #elderlyissues #atozchallenge

Most of my clients don’t need to pump their own water though some are on well water. I recently got a call from adopted family in Africa. ” My wife is sick and the baby is bloated.There are no resources and no medicine and the hospitals are out of reach.” Have your wife lay downContinue reading “What Would We do Without Water? #hydration #health #elderlyissues #atozchallenge”

Butterfly Fever #covid19 #children

Bethany has been sick with butterfly fever. No one knows how to take care of this. She does not want me to get it though I don’t think a lion can get a butterfly sickness. She is in a butterfly tree -all alone. At first I was afraid and reminded of how lonely I wasContinue reading “Butterfly Fever #covid19 #children”

Our View #elderlyissues #atozchallenge

As a caregivers we may have clear ideas of what our family member needs. After all in many cases we have known them our entire lives. “My father only likes tuna fish for lunch. It’s all he ever eats.” My client eyes my salad so I give him some tomatoes and carrots. Our view intoContinue reading “Our View #elderlyissues #atozchallenge”

Uncovering Needs #elderlyissues #atozchallenge

I have found that working with the elderly is like digging for treasure – I am never disappointed with what I find. There are times (especially with dementia) that we must uncover their needs or what makes them happy. Every person has things that have meaning. It could be an activity like going to theContinue reading “Uncovering Needs #elderlyissues #atozchallenge”

Searching #poetry #art #elderlyissues #atozchallenge

      so easy when we’re small no words need be expressed I’m wading in the mud and now I am depressed I lost my very thought went through my fingertips a momentary drop there’s so much I have missed   Searching when we are young seems part of the mystery of learning. TheContinue reading “Searching #poetry #art #elderlyissues #atozchallenge”

Children Are Not Immune #covid19

Please don’t open schools. Our children are victims of Covid 19 Too!!!   Detroit 5 year old – child of first responders is a victim. Please don’t let up on your vigilance to prevent the spread.   https://www.wyff4.com/article/daughter-of-detroit-first-responders-dies-after-being-diagnosed-with-coronavirus-1587459983/32219153

I Smell A Rat #newcago #horticulture #pandemic #flashfiction #reading

  New Cago was not a very cultured metropolis before the epi & pan demic. Kids were shoving things up their noses or in their veins. It made sense that there was no room for something for the mind to synthesize. Then the libraries were closed. So most people read their cereal box for entertainment.Continue reading “I Smell A Rat #newcago #horticulture #pandemic #flashfiction #reading”

Tomorrow’s Hope #Covid-19 #faith #children

“I was just thinking about a friend of ours.” Bethany looks at her lion friend. “Who is that Bethany?” “Her name is Christine. Several of her children have attended our class.” “Oh yes I remember her. The last time I saw her she was very sad.” “Many of her tribe didn’t want the baby inContinue reading “Tomorrow’s Hope #Covid-19 #faith #children”

Parkinsons – not welcome #elderlyissues #atozchallenge #poetry

Hard to move hands and feet are one with metal I’m pushing my stroller big wheels are on a wheelchair I want to slump in fatigue enveloped in an old body muscles feel like jello “Keep moving” “Reach for the Moon”   There is no easy diagnosis for the elderly. Parkinsons joins the ranks ofContinue reading “Parkinsons – not welcome #elderlyissues #atozchallenge #poetry”

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