Friday, March 15, 2013

About Miss K

I can't believe I haven't posted in a couple of months.  I have been very busy with school though and am barely taking care of my family.. and ME.   

The class of Anatomy and Physiology has been very intersesting.  I'm learning about different muscles in the body and how various muscles around the mouth are used for swallowing.  It's amazing to me the complexity of the human body and how anyone can even question the creation and life of humans.   There is in fact a God. 

The classes on Aging focus on the primary and secondary aspects of aging.  We all age.  Let's face it.  Some of us do so better than others and I for one hope I get to "age" as well as my grandparents.  They are in their 90's.  Grandpa turns 97 this Saturday!  For the most part, the difficulties they face are aspects of Primary aging.  That means that it's normal aging for folks their age.  you know... wrinkles, blurriness of vision, Presbycusis (age related hearing loss), and gray hair.  They have had  very little secondary aging affects,  although they have had a few: heart attack, cancer, and stroke.  They've pretty much come through with flying colors. 

In these classes on aging, we are assigned to work (volunteer) in a skilled nursing facility and communicated with elderly. We are to observe and learn objectives that will help determine how we deal with the elderly in our professions. 

In the nursing facility I work with, there are many elderly that I have begun to love.  I will tell you about a couple of them but only if I change the names of the individuals and don't mention the facility I work with. 

Miss K and Miss L are two lovely ladies.  They are best friends.  Miss K is bigger than petite Miss L, but she takes care of Miss L and doesn't leave her side.  I often find Miss K has saved a piece of candy in her pocket for miss L and will pull it out at random times for her and even keep kleenex on hand in case Miss L might need it.  Miss K is so loyal, she took a very used snotty kleenex and took it from her and put it in her own pocket. 
One day, Miss K was sitting in the hall watching a film and I wheeled another lady, Miss B up right beside her.  Miss B wasn't responding to Miss K's efforts to say hello.  Why?  She has dementia.  Miss K just patted her hand and said, "Put a smile on your face. You're just a spring chick. It's gonna be okay". ~

I love this job... even if I'm not getting paid.