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Another evening…just did one Saturday. These are too close together, but whatever. I will live.
Tonight there is a workshop for families about Having Meaningful Visits with Alzheimer’s-inflicted loved ones. I am looking forward to hearing it, so it will be a good night, hopefully.
And on a side, and entirely unrelated note..
I weigh today, the lightest I have ever weighed as a teenager or adult, at 171lbs.
This makes me happy :)
…and fill it with sketches.
I had the idea to dedicate each page to a funny quote or random moment from my daily happenings at work on the Alzheimer’s ward. I have so many favorite things they’ve said…it would be a great way to remember them all over the years! :)
…playing floor hockey with 12 people with Alzheimer’s/dementia. It was a wicked time.
I have been going back and forth, I haven’t decided if this is douchey of me or not to do, but I thought I’d ask anyway.
I am doing a Walk for Memories, which is an event to raise money for The Alzheimer’s Society of Canada. As I work in an Alzheimer’s ward every day, this is a charity very close to my heart.
And it is important on a large scale too…and this is why…
The facts are there…more and more people are aging, and more and more cases of Alzheimer’s keeps popping up. Early onset cases, or people getting it under the age of 65, are on the rise as well.
If you have been touched by Alzheimer’s disease, or are just interested in supporting the charity, please let me know by commenting, and I will send you the link.
(I will not have access to any of your confidential information, such as credit card number or address, donations are through a secure website)
I appreciate any support I receive, whether it’s $2 or $20. So, what do you say?
One of my Alz ward residents yesterday at lunch, that I was trying to serve dessert to.
Today at work was our annual Remembrance Day ceremony. There was a lot of chaos in the organization, and I got treated pretty poorly by my boss all day. I ran around all day in high heels, was exhausted and just not into it by the time the ceremony was started and the parade of military personnels and vets was in procession, which I had spent all day organizing.
I didn’t even sit in the auditorium to watch the event, I was so tired, with the exception of certain things that peaked my interest, like watching the young girl who plays the bugle start playing the Last Post.
On our Alzheimer’s ward we have an old navy veteran, covered shoulder to wrist with old military tats and pretty long hair. He can’t talk, with the exception of the word “no” and “yeah” and he can barely walk, so most of the time he is in a wheelchair, as he is pretty heavy and isn’t strong enough to support himself. He is very far into his dementia, and understands little to no verbal communication.
Well, that little girl started playing the bugle, and I watched with amazement as he shot to attention in his wheelchair, and started using all of his strength to stand himself up. Something triggered him to remember that when “I hear the bugle, I have to stand at attention.” Because that’s what soldiers do.
The young soldier beside him helped him stand up and he saluted the whole time. I was in the back, half panicking that he would fall (that’s reflex now when I see anyone out of their wheelchair that shouldn’t be), and half crying because it was so beautiful. He stood with the soldier’s assistance for the Last Post, moment of silence, and the Reveille, saluting so proudly the entire time. He also stood up for God Save the Queen, which signified the end of the ceremony.
He was so happy when I brought him back upstairs, and he definitely seemed in much better spirits than he had when we brought him down to line up, sleeping the whole time.
I had a real shit day, I have to say….but that moment made today matter.
Another post about a resident of ours that I’ve mentioned earlier…the “lawyer”.
Our beloved dear is not a very able resident….she can no longer do most “activities of daily living” on her own.
Today we did bowling in the afternoon on the floor. She came in and sat down, but didn’t really participate at first. After a few turns I thought I’d offer her a chance to try. I brought her up, handed her the ball, and stood behind her to do a hand-over-hand throw. She shook me off of her, bent down low to aim, and got a strike. It almost made me cry, I was so proud of her!
She took 5 more turns after that one, and by the end of each turn, she’d knocked down all the pins as a strike or spare.
She may not make a lot of sense when she talks, she may need help getting dressed every day, and need to be fed, but she bowled today like a champ!
Working with Alzheimer’s residents is all about living in the moment. What a moment today :)
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