I don’t need to explain what grief is in a time when the flowers in so many gardens are weeping.
One of my patients, before she was put in isolation, told me that she thought about her husband every day.
“He was a good man. Always looking for ways to make me happy. It was unexpected- His heart just failed.”
I saw the tears in her eyes. They expressed gratitude as much as grief.
These times are hard. I wonder if my clients will survive this pandemic. When I said “goodbye” when the lock down started, I didn’t know what to expect. (I had to make a hard decision to call off until Covid is under control because I have a high-risk family member who I could not put at risk daily.)
The last quarantine I was part of I was locked in not out of the hospital.
I’m also missing Uganda very much. The weeping flower above is a spider lily from Uganda.
How about giraffes? They are so beautiful and graceful. The spots on that mama are one of a kind. I can watch these animals all day.
People may not know it but skin is a barrier to disease and in the elderly skin is a battle front. Broken Skin breaks and tears like tissue paper. A little bump against a chair can cause a big bruise or even a tear which can then be a wound. When we are “young” and active a wound heals in days in the elderly that same wound can take weeks to months. The worst wound I saw when I was a wound care nurse was in a bed bound woman whose bed sore had become a tunnel. That tunnel was about 305 mm (approx 1 foot). Through daily care, hydration and diet we were shrinking that tunnel. Needless to say those wounds on your backside are painful.
One of my main goals (with the elderly) is always up and out of bed. If they are now bed bound they need to shift as often as possible. If they can do that themselves so much the better but everyone favors their left or right side so they need to shift. In the hospital we often have to position our patients that used to be every two hours.
If you have a family member who is now in bed, get that person moving. If they cannot use pillows to wedge them on one side then the other. Legs up (on a pillow) legs down. And please keep them clean. Uric acid in briefs and just from our skin breaks down skin.
Places where we become fragile are sacral area (its boney there) elbows, ankles.
If you read my post a few days ago I mentioned water. Water will actually help keep skin cells plumper. Elderly do not drink alot of fluids because then they have to get up (and go).
I think my letter “W” will be for water. I have learned to have a great respect for that molecule.
My leaf photograph reminds me so much of the elderly clients I have had over the years. They are fragile but with a singular beauty.
Any good skin tips? Lotions or awesome soaps????
Hope you are enjoying the A to Z challenge and thanks for your visit.
This is my son Denis who is an amazing young man. He is determined to be the first of his biological family to graduate from High School and then continue on to college. He is already a leader. We are proud that he calls us Mama and Papa.
This land is filled with anger and frustration. What a great day when children of all ages play instead of fight. My eyes watered when a big boy reached his hand to help a younger boy who had tripped kicking the ball.