These People

This is not a light, funny post. I’m going to talk about some people who are heavy on my heart right now and play a sad song at the end so prepare yourself.

If you read my reunion post you may remember that I was applying to nursing school and, yes, I was accepted and am happily studying the Muscular system. I’ve been working at a nursing home for the last few years. Our facility has been on COVID-19 lockdown since our governor issued the order.

You may remember I live in Pennsylvania where our governor actually gives a shit about the lives in this commonwealth. You may not like him but thanks to his “draconian” orders and the leadership of Dr. Rachel Levine, and our administrator who actually listened and made sure we were in compliance even though she didn’t vote for him, we went months without an outbreak. Department of Health recommendations changed weekly, daily, hourly, and all we could do was try to keep up.  We talked about how we could keep our residents safe, about how it would move through the building like wildfire once it came. 

A couple of weeks ago, it came. In the last fourteen days we’ve lost ten residents. This is about them.

The one who loved getting her nails done.

The one who loved horses. 

The one who voted for the first time this year.

The one who was on every committee, welcomed every new resident, and played every card game we had.

The one who collected angels and was so proud to be a great-great-grandmother.

The one who sang to us when he was in a good mood.

The one who gave everyone a hard time, with a grin and a twinkle in his eye.

The one who programmed her speech board to say “Hey, baby, nice butt!” 

The one who wanted to go to Penn State.

The one who called me her “dear friend” when she talked to her daughter.

Please wear a mask and social distance. Please wash your hands. Please check on your friends who work in healthcare. Thank you to those who’ve sent hugs and Richard Armitage reciting Byron to me. It’s appreciated more than I can tell you.

Love your people hard.

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Servetus
    Dec 02, 2020 @ 16:08:56

    What this situation is doing to elderly people is one of the most underreported topics in the media. I get angrier every day. Two of my schoolmates who are registered nurses and work at the same hospital lost it bigtime on social media yesterday — but it’s like no one cares, or if they do, it’s just to mansplain something to the frontline workers. Hang in there. I for one am very grateful to you (muscular system mastery or no).

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  2. Guylty
    Dec 03, 2020 @ 06:09:01

    Such a tragedy. Anyone who claims this virus is a hoax, is obviously closing their eyes to the things that are witnessed by care workers everywhere. It must be tough to watch this happening – you know your care patients so well, and it is clear from your post that they were close to your heart. I am so sorry you are going through this, and I hope you will stay well and safe as long as this goes on.

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    • jazzbaby1
      Dec 03, 2020 @ 09:36:44

      Thank you. It’s difficult right now, especially watching idiots spout off about how “it’s just like the flu.” I’ve had the flu and I’ve watched people with COVID. It’s not at all the same.

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      • Guylty
        Dec 03, 2020 @ 11:18:06

        Exactly. I take it from people like you who have the authority to say what it is like. In any case, I’d rather be careful (not just for me, but for those who are more at risk than myself) than be sorry. Take care of yourself!

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