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An angel named – - – Christine, RN by Jean MacLeod Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving So I walked onto the ward to find Wayne wearing headphones and listening to Chopin! Christine, the RN on, had brought her IPad with tunes loaded. It seemed to rea ... Read on »
We “got” rhythm – - - by Jean MacLeod Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving I was walking Wayne around the ward and he “slowed” almost to a stop. Usually I hold his one hand and away we go. It works well to face him and hold both his hands ... Read on »
Falling by Jean MacLeod Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Wayne has been falling in his room. When I visited yesterday he had an angry red bruise from high in his hairline to the lower right jaw. By the time I got there ... Read on »
Only have eyes for you – - - by Jean MacLeod Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Today several staff stopped to say hi to Wayne. I was standing to Wayne’s front left and he just smiled at me. In that brief moment I honestly felt he knew me:) ... Read on »
Today – Sunshine and Smiles by Jean MacLeod Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Today was sunshine, smiles, laughter and generally the best. A nurse took this pic as we sat waiting for lunch. He smiled and waved at everyone walking by and w ... Read on »
It’s a dilly:) by Jean MacLeod Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Years ago, Wayne loved dills and would snack on them as he waited for his meal. How things change – - - Yesterday I offered him a bite of my dill (from a d ... Read on »
2005 by Jean MacLeod Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Last evening I decided to read thru my day timer from 2005. There was much joy, sadness and extreme loneliness. Some entries were so humorous as he was quite witty ... Read on »
We are family by Jean MacLeod Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving The nurses, support staff and caregivers are all family to me and to the residents. One gal took a position which would not entail the labor of Wayne’s unit. After 2 ... Read on »
Mama Goose by Jean MacLeod Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Yesterday I visited Wayne. When it was time for a little walk, I stood him up and let him get his balance. He put his arms around me, looked me in the eyes and said very l ... Read on »
On Wednesday Wayne fell 2 ti ... by Jean MacLeod Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving On Wednesday Wayne fell 2 times in his room – they don’t know if he slips off the bed or falls walking. Anyway, his left eye had a bruise starting and both cheeks had ... Read on »
He demanded/ordered, “get m ... by Jean MacLeod Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving He demanded/ordered, “get me my beer”. The care aide cheerfully answered, “Coming right up.” I smiled to myself thinking they were serving him root beer or some s ... Read on »
Hilarious by Jean MacLeod Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving A couple months ago, Wayne was just really happy and funny. If a nurse looked at him, he’d laugh like they had a secret. This magic carried on for weeks and I dreaded ... Read on »
Rock by Jean MacLeod Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving There was silence for a few minutes, he had been kind of looking my direction. “I like your rock.” No emotion, smile, joke – nothing. Took me a moment to reali ... Read on »
Sadness and trepidation by Jean MacLeod Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Today the head nurse was showing a gentleman the ward and explaining various things. I was feeding Wayne his fruit/bran muffin/ plum/peach/ yogurt/applesauce(!) comb ... Read on »
Pot calling kettle black:) by Jean MacLeod Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving There are so many personalities and residents in various stages of Alzheimer’s on Wayne’s ward. As I was feeding Wayne yesterday I heard, “Why don’t you comb your hair ... Read on »
I read about an elderly gent ... by Jean MacLeod Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving I read about an elderly gentleman who couldn’t reach his feet when stretching. He stacked copy paper and each day removed a few sheets as he slowly worked toward his ... Read on »
Singing with happiness – - - by Jean MacLeod Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving Monday, during my visit with Wayne, I had been taking pictures of him and having lots of laughs. The camera was at my right hand on the table when Wayne began to sin ... Read on »
Happiness by Jean MacLeod Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Caregiving We have been through very difficult weeks but the last 6 days have been filled with joy and happiness. It’s such a treat to see Wayne laugh and smile and “enjoy his ... Read on »