Daily Prompt; Google and Rescue Operation
What was the last…
Daily Prompt; Google and Rescue Operation
What was the last…
What was the last thing you searched for online? Why were you looking for it?
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Wow, this is an easy post. The last thing I searched through Google was Hospice. Makes sense doesn’t it after what happened here this morning.
Hospice is for patients that want to remain at home and who are dying within a short time. I am learning quickly that although Medicare governs Hospice, the group working within each area can be quite different.
You have firms that have loving people who really care about the patient as much as they do themselves. Even in one group, the shower gals, there are wonderful, take their time people who give patients showers. Then there are those others who want their paycheck. They rush into your home at the last-minute, rush the shower, leaving you, the care giver, wondering if they just sprayed water over the patient.
Hospice is a wonderful program. It keeps many patients out of nursing homes and in the comfort of their own bedrooms and beds. Family and friends always feel more comfortable visiting in a home setting, especially one they have visited in many times before. When you think of the cold nursing home room and the ever-changing staff and the lack of personal touch, most of us would prefer to die in our own familiar territory.
I guess what it boils down to is compatibility. Hospice, staff, patient, family and care givers all agreeing on the quality of care.
This is actually what Hospice is. My job is to get the best help for my brother that special heart to heart bonding and caring attitude. This is why I am looking else where. To me, when someone you love is dying, the waters should be calm, the voice low, the joy pure, and the best memories in the making, resulting in peace and tranquility.
The word “hospice” stems from the Latin word “hospitium” meaning guesthouse. It was originally used to describe a place of shelter for weary and sick travelers returning from religious pilgrimages. During the 1960’s, Dr. Cicely Saunders, a British physician began the modern hospice movement by establishing St. Christopher’s Hospice near London. St. Christopher’s organized a team approach to professional caregiving, and was the first program to use modern pain management techniques to compassionately care for the dying. The first hospice in the United States was established in New Haven, Connecticut in 1974.
There are more than 4,100 hospice programs in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Guam. The majority of hospice programs are Medicare-certified. In 2008, over 1.45 million individuals in the United States received hospice care*.
Hospice is not a place but a concept of care. Eighty percent of hospice care is provided in the patient’s home, family member’s home and in nursing homes. Inpatient hospice facilities are sometimes available to assist with caregiving.
Al and the Car Show Today
Although my brother spends much of his free time sleeping; nothing was going to keep him a way from…
Although my brother spends much of his free time sleeping; nothing was going to keep him a way from the car show today. My son and a group of about 15 build trucks and enter them in car shows. It just happened that one was in our local area so I wanted to take Al.
He was so tired and I wasn’t sure if he could really see the cars as his head hung so low but I know he had a good time. We were able to stay about two hours and then he said his pain was getting too bad. I brought him home and he napped.
I wanted to share with you what he thought in his words as “cool”
Al sitting by one of the “cool” cars.
Is this a real UPS?
Blogger Gives Me Link to a Life Saving Song I Needed
A wonderful encouraging blogger gave me this song to listen to.
A wonderful encouraging blogger gave me this song to listen to.
Single Focus over at
was right on target with having me listen to this song.
I give you hugs Single as I relate so well to the song.
Hugs and Bless you for thinking of me.
I went and met my brother for lunch. He was agitated when I walked in. He was cursing his Parkinson’s because his legs would not move. I offered to help but he wasn’t concentrating on my voice. He was all about his pain.
The good thing was he hadn’t had any chest pains so far today. I didn’t ask but he must have had a good night also. He was tired though, but I would be too if I was constantly badgered with tremors.
We did eat together and he came back to realizing I was there and he talked about seeing the movie, The Bible on television. He loves to watch shows that he has watched before. His mind doesn’t have to work at trying to keep up with a plot. He goes on his memory and his memory is very sharp about the good word.
He went from smiles to tears and anger in less than 60 seconds. He couldn’t eat the meat that was on his plate. It was supposed to be some type of pork roast. It was the strangest piece of meat I ever saw. It was formed, well mine was. His was pureed and mine was cold and a little tough. Usually the meals aren’t bad if you can find some seasonings lying around.
For Al he tried a few bites but he kept chewing and chewing and finally spit it out. I didn’t even ask Al, I went to the kitchen door and said that he couldn’t chew it. It was too cold, too dry and I wanted him to have something safer. They made him a grilled cheese. They had also given him Brussel sprouts. I used to love these when I was a kid, but Mom over did it and I learned to hate them.
For Al he couldn’t chew them up. They were too hard so I had those pureed for him. It must have been a bad day in the kitchen today. Usually all goes smooth. By then he was upset about his meal so the increase of the tremors sped up. Staff kept looking in our direction as they heard the constant clatter of Al’s silver ware clacking on the plate. By the time he got to his ice-cream he was a total mess. Clacking and slopping and big tremors. He was embarrassed and he cried.
I tried to help but I didn’t do a lot of good. I wanted to say something to the constant stares but I didn’t. Maybe they never saw someone with speedy tremors. LOL. I hope I am seriously joking here. Other wise I am going to go in and swipe him out quicker than you can wink.
Cheryl the lady who takes him on outings came. It was his day to go to Day program. She was also going to take him to an antique store. This should have stopped the tears and brought a smile but it didn’t. He was already getting used to the routine of going to Day Program so why in the world was she adding another place? This was his problem, he just didn’t understand they could do other things too.
When you mess Al’s routine up you get problems until his brain can catch up with the change. She and I cleaned him up and took him down to his room so he could go tinkle before they left. I got his jacket out and he asked for his wallet.
Al said there was a five dollar bill in it but guess what, there wasn’t anything. Oh wow, this upset him and me and Cheryl. Chery and I both knew that there had been. It was there when I took him to the ER. Although Al has been talked to many times about having money in his room he refuses to have an empty wallet.
Because I was with him the last time he should have gone on an outing he really did have five dollars left over. He was at the ER so he had missed his outing. We knew that some strange fingers had helped themselves to his money. He cried and cried. He just couldn’t figure out why someone would hate him so bad to take his money.
We went down to the little bank where I keep his money and I pulled five more out for him. I reminded him that if he had any left over from his outing he may want to put it back in the bank. I know he won’t do it. A man likes to have some green inside their wallets. I get angry that others take advantage of someone like him. It isn’t just him it is many residents that get ripped off. From money to jewelry, it happens way too often.
I walked outside with them and waited for him to be lifted up into the van. Tears were rolling down his face as I told him I loved him and to have a good time. I waved and he cried. He left and I came home.
Angel tagged me with this Haphazardly Tag.
The rules are to post one blog you wrote in this past week. Next answer the questions. Finally, nominate three bloggers.
The Post I will place here that I wrote within this week is;
The questions are;
Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed? Always closed. I have always feared the boogie man! LOL
What would you call yourself if you could choose your own name? Terri instead of Terry. My dad wanted a boy and people always instantly think I am a guy
What’s the worst/most embarrassing CD/album you’ve ever owned and do you still have it?
One year when I didn’t care about who I represented on this earth I made a CD that was all Christmas music. The words were full of adult humor.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? A mommy and a nurse
When was the last time you cried from laughter, and why?
Just last week. The kids came here the evening of the funeral. They were exhausted and stressed. As we all talked everyone loosened up and soon we were laughing about memories so hard I was crying.
Do you like to use Post-It© notes?
I have to now a days. It started this year. I would go to the grocery store and forget items, so I began to make notes whether it be the grocery store, Walmart, or for Al.
Do you practice your smile for pictures? Most of the time I don’t smile for pictures. I am so aware of my weight that I try to hide among people. I forced myself to smile when I went to the doctor’s office because I knew that I was going to post it for you.
Do you sleep with your sheets out or tucked in?
Call me odd but I sleep with everything tucked in and up to my neck. Sheets, blankets, and comforter. Even in the summer the sheet is always over me. I have this weird thing about something crawling on me and maybe biting me. LOL
What is the most bizarre item of food you’ve ever eaten?
I am a coward. I only eat beef, chicken, fish or ham. I eat lobster, shrimp, and clams. I don’t eat anything that will slime down my throat, or that I saw wiggling five minutes earlier. I don’t eat raw fish, and I don’t eat fish where they eyes are still showing. I guess I am picky, but I never thought so until I reread my answers.
Do you chew on your pen/pencil?
When I was a kid in school I used to bite on my pencils to see how deep of teeth marks I could make. Mom always told me my teeth would come out and get stuck in the pencil and I would die of lead poisoning. So no, I don’t chew or bite either as an adult.
What’s your least favorite movie? Please don’t come through the screen and slap me! LOL I don’t like sci-fi so Star Wars would be the ultimate worst movie ever for me.
Where would you bury a hidden treasure if you had it?
Where is safe at today? The banks aren’t safe. They have too many fees to rob you of your money. The stock market is a mess. CD’s and bonds take too long to mature and I don’t want to pay the penalty to pull them out early. So probably in my underwear drawer. No one will ever look there now that I am almost 59 years old. hehe
When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper?
A month ago. I wrote a letter to Al and my Grandma in Florida. Al wanted me to write it and tell her that he thinks of her a lot and loves her. To this day we don’t know if she ever received it as we have heard nothing.
What was the first concert you attended?
I have never been to a concert.
Have you ever won a spelling bee?
No, but I did come in second place in the fourth grade.
Do you hold your nose when you jump into a swimming pool?
No I never hold my nose. Don’t you know the old saying,”fat floats”? I have never been afraid of drowning. I have tried to go to the bottom of the pool and stay but I guess the saying is true because I always come back to the top!
Are you patient?
In some ways I am more patient now that I am older, but in other times I am more impatient. Noise and little kids usually makes me impatient. My neat and tidy house I can let go longer than a day now without cleaning. Since I dine alone, I just want to get it over. I am never impatient with sleep anymore. I can sleep anytime and anyplace.
What is the type and model of the first phone you ever had?
The first cell phone I ever had was a pay as you go phone. Then I thought I had to have what others had so I got a Droid. I barely used the internet and most of the apps I didn’t use. So now I have a plain jane phone. As long as it answers phone calls and I can text I am content.
Who is your favorite American president? Why?
Touchy area as I don’t usually talk about politics. For me personally the last President we had that I respected and believed in was Ford. He seemed sincere and honest. He seemed to care about our country and the people living in it.
What would you do with a $1 million lottery winning?
I would pay my car off!!!!!! With me not working it is a constant worry for me. Then I would buy a piece of land with most of the property left in virgin state. I would have my log cabin finally. It would be filled with antiques, a wall to wall fireplace, wood floors, a real antique stove. A nice porch with a porch swing overlooking a pond that was filled with fish. When I look out my back windows I would see deer and rabbits. I would have so many bird feeders. Life would be divine for me, next to living in Heaven.
Do you believe in ghosts?
I don’t believe in ghosts. I do believe in good and bad spirits and I definitely believe in angels.
Is it easier to forgive or forget?
It is much easier for me to forgive. I have taken a long time to forgive someone. I know that Jesus forgives so I can too, but forgetting is almost impossible. I do keep those bad times buried way back in my mind. Writing is a place where sometimes those thoughts come to life but they do help me heal.
Education or wealth – which is better to have?
At this point in my life I would choose wealth. As I get older I get more ailments than I used to. I would like to know that I am not going to leave my kids hanging with my funeral expenses. I would like to know that I can give Al what he needs for as long as he is here. If we are talking many years ago I would choose education. I would have been better off now that Social Security is present. If I would have worked higher paying jobs and had a life time career I would be more set than I am now for the Golden Years, but alas it is too late now.
One thing most people don’t know about you.
This is a hard one. I have told about all of you everything there is to know. One thing, if I had money to pay back loans I would still go to Nursing School to become a nurse.
Nominations for this fun game are;
Moorbey Puts Us Up for Dragon’s Loyalty Award | deafinprison
I went to see Al today, and when I got home, I found this nice surprise in my email box. I was nominated for the Liebster Award by;
Jim is a great guy. He is compassionate. He has a large heart, and he is an excellent writer. Please stop by his blog and do some reading.
These are the rules:
Questions Posted For Me;
1. What’s your earliest recollection of anything? I remember walking hand in hand with my dad down the staircase in the mornings as a toddler
2. How old were you when you were informed that Mister Claus may not be for real? And how did you take it? 9 or 10, and I didn’t believe it. Still today, I do believe in the Christmas spirit
3. What was the first book that you absolutely hated? Government and Econ in my senior year of high school!
4. Money or Love? Although some choose to believe I love money, I will take love over any dollar amount
5. Fantasy holiday destination? Tennessee, smokey mountains, anyone want to go?
6. First kiss? Kindergarden, a boy named Timmy, hehe
7. Favourite funny person? it has never changed, my choice of people always goes to Lucille Ball
8. What kind of music, if any, makes you cry? The Carpenters, Rainy Days and Mondays
9. If you could remove any three letters from the alphabet what would they be, and why? Q, Z, X, not much use for them
10. Favourite animal/pet?, any bird that I can teach to talk. If I could afford it, I would have a big colorful bird and we could carry on conversations, and he would ride on my shoulder
11. If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to? Sara
Questions for my nominees:
1. What scares you the most, and why?
2. What three possessions do you think you just can’t live without?
3. When signmakers go on strike, is anything written on their signs?
4. If you could be a character in any book you’ve ever read, who would you be and why?
5. If someone wrote a book about your life, what would be the title?
6. Would you prefer to spend life in prison or be executed? Why?
7. What got you in the most trouble when you were younger?
8. If you could be a religious or spiritual leader, who would it be? Why?
9. What or whom do you most miss from your childhood?
10. Grab the book nearest you. What is the first sentence of the third paragraph on page 12?
11. When did you last write a letter on paper and send it through the postal service?
Sex, Spirit, Soul Mates and Chocolate….Ivonne’s Journey
Pick a random word and do Google image search on it. Check out the eleventh picture it brings up. Write about whatever that image brings to mind.
I was happy that my image to write about was absolutely beautiful. So serene and peaceful. I can see many things in this.
I can vision my parents in heaven, looking down and watching over me.
I can see the peace that God has brought to this earth, as it starts again brand new.
I can dream that one day my brother will find the peace that he so desires.
I can see myself with this peace inside my heart, knowing I am getting ready to go see Jesus.
I can vision this photo, if all the wars were stopped and over.
I can feel this peace as I lay my head against my pillow at night, getting ready to rest my body and mind.
I can feel this peace as I am marrying the man I have so longed and waited for.
I can feel the peace throughout the world as all illnesses are healed once and for all.
I can feel this peace, as torment, anger, jealousies, and hatred are ejected, leaving only the love shared between families.
Yes, I love this photo, and I know that some of these are in my dreams and wants box, but I can dream can’t I?