I haven’t been on here very often, due to the fact that I’ve been busy working, and also setting up the beginnings of a new business in my little town. We aren’t planning on making a fortune, (this is a small town, ya know). A friend and I are planning on opening a home health, home companion, home medical service business. In these dying small towns in Iowa, and other Midwest states, the young are moving away. The children live in Sioux Falls, Des Moines, Minneapolis, etc. Their parents are living at home, isolated, with medical problems, and the next step is the nursing home. If they had a home health aide or a home maker companion come to their home every day, or a couple of days a week, assist with bathing , or cooking a good meal, or checking blood sugar for insulin, etc. they could continue to live at home for a longer period of time. Our town has a hospital based home health, but after a certain period of time, they discontinue home health. Then the option for the family is bring Mom to the cities, or visit her several times a week to assist with meal planning, shopping, bathing, medicine dosing for each day, etc. We can provide with with a human touch/
I have worked for home health before in Colorado. I was the pager, call the aides to get replacements, etc. person. And if I couldn’t find an aide, I went myself. Its kind of fun, after being a nurse in a large facility, to go into someone’s home, help them get a bath, cook them a nice supper, talk to them through the meal about their life and families, assist them into their jammies and tuck them in to bed. Knowing that another aide would come in in the morning to assist again. I’d throw a load of clothes in the dryer, put the dishes in the dishwasher, turn it on and leave. The client is very appreciative, and we make such a difference in their family’s peace of mind. I know it ‘ll take awhile to get started, but we are planning on staying small and family oriented. Any ideas?
I remember quite a few years ago, I was in training to be a nurse in a Colorado prison. The pay would be good, I would be doing medline, sitting behind unbreakable glass, giving the inmates their pills every day. So to do this job, one has to go to 3 months of training–training in “violent patient management” and different laws that we must follow, how to treat the inmates, and what kind of behavior and manipulation tactics an inmate will use. It was interesting, it was 7-3 five days a week for two months.
We were all in the gymnasium, preparing to “violent patient management” each other, bruising each other up so we looked like abuse victims. One by one, the teachers of the class were walking around, talking to everyone. The people they talked to would take off running out of the building. This was in Canon City, Colorado where DOC offices are located. It was puzzling to watch this happen, over and over, about six times. Finally they had us sit up on the bleachers. They announced, “Anyone live in Littleton? If you have children in school there, we need to talk with you privately. ”
It was Columbine.
Its funny how one forgets these things, I guess they are filed in long term memory and something stirs a memory and it comes back, as if it were yesterday. I cannot imagine driving from Canon City to Denver, fearful that my child may be hurt or dead.
I have a lot of them. I’ll eventually add them all to my bio. Ranging from road rage in 3/4 ton pickups with a big dog in the back, to who never empties their trash at work.
One pet peeve I have is people who use Religion to base their moralistic ideals on when debating anything from Kosher eating to marriage equality. And you just can’t get them to discuss anything without using religion as the basis for their answers. I have asked people to puhleeez debate a subject using no religion, no Bible verses, no Church sermons. And they just cannot do it.
For example, I believe in marriage equality for everyone in this country. The rights of the minority sometimes have to be protected from the majority that thinks they rule this country. Leaving their religion out of it, they cannot answer subjectively any questions about why they do not accept marriage equality. Yet they continue to go back to “God’s will”, and “Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.” (give me a break). They truly believe that because THEY say the Bible agrees with them, that of course, we all should concede and agree . Where in the New Testament, where Jesus supposedly walked and talked does it say women must marry man and man must marry woman? It doesn’t.
Of course, in their Religious zeal, they quote the Old Testament, yet they continue to eat pork, play football with a pigskin, etc.
Religion is important to a lot of people. I think of myself as a spiritual person, not necessarily believing in a bearded man on a throne. But even I, as a spiritual person do not force my beliefs on others. And I definitely think that we should live and let live, and not force our beliefs on anyone else. We cannot change anyone else, and we do not want anyone else pushing their Religion on us. Life is too short. We need to live and love and enjoy this world.
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Hello, I was always admiring other people’s blogs, commenting back to them. But I was nervous about blogging for myself. I couldn’t decide how private to make a blog, or what I would talk about. I’ll get better as I go.
I am 57 years old, a nurse, divorced with two grown children and three grandchildren. I work in a long term care facility ( nice words for a nursing home). I take good care of my people and I am proud of that. They trust me, enjoy it when I am at work, and are very loving and pleasant. I used to work agency, and would work nursing homes, hospitals, rehab, etc. While I liked the money, I don’t like always going to work, getting report on several people I do not know, and having to take care of them. By the end of the shift, I know them fairly well, and I enjoy them. But then the next day……the same thing all over again. I enjoy working long term care, because I know them very well, know what they like, and how they like things.