Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Week 17

The last time I worked was May 1st. It was such a terrible day at work and I couldn't wait for it to be over. The had tacos for the first time and it was so messy. The had ground hamburger, refried beans, and rice with a taco shell and sides on the side. Most of them said that the soft shells tasted like cardboard and that they didn't like it. It took forever for them to eat so that made my night a little longer. Plus getting them back to their rooms later than normal wasn't on my to do list. That night I worked with Teya and we didn't get out of there until 8:30 and I was super ticked. Considering it was Sunday and a school night and I didn't want to be there in the first place. Super glad that I don't work again until May 7th. The reason I got the whole week off was because of mayfete practice all week until late. Then the real thing is Friday night.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Week 16

The last time I worked it was a pretty fast night. They were having cheeseburgers and onion rings with some fruit on the side. So most of them wanted that instead of something different. Granted, some of them did want a grilled cheese or soup but not many at all. Some of my regulars have not been coming down at all and it is really upsetting me. Harold Waller has not been coming down because he would rather watch the ball games that are on so he eats in his room. Floyd Tresner has not been coming down because his heart is failing him and hes not doing too well. That makes me super upset and I just wish he would get better but he refuses care. Thelma Sturgeon hasn´t been coming down very often either and shes so cute and sweet. After I got all of my residents fed and back to their rooms I started cleaning up so I could get out of there. I ended up leaving around 7:40 ish and that was okay with me.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Blog 15

I worked last night and it was a very long night. I was there an hour later than what I should have been so that was one thing that really ticked me off. Then I find out that the residents are having a salmon patty and rice for dinner. The residents thought it was just as gross as I did. So it was a long night just trying to get different orders in because none of them wanted salmon. So finally all the residents were starting to go back to their rooms at about 6:30, which is kind of late. Which means we didn't get started on cleaning up until about 6:45 and so that set us back a lot. Cleaning up seemed like it took forever. Especially since I didn't get out until 8:45 and usually i get out at 7:45. The residents were in a good mood last night though, thankfully. Talking to the residents is the only thing that gets me through my job. Even though Barb had me go to her room and search for her bottom set of teeth. The whole time they were in her wheelchair! They just crack me up.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Blog 14

I worked Saturday over the weekend and it was a pretty easy night. The kitchen made them a turkey and ham sandwich with lettuce, tomato, bacon, and cheese. With the sandwich they got a bag of chips, macaroni salad, and ice cream. They made it like a little picnic dinner for them and I thought it was the cutest thing. A lot of the residents actually really liked it and that is what made my night so easy. My favorite resident ever has not been feeling well at all. She was in the hospital Wednesday or Thursday and she was back Saturday but still was not feeling the greatest. She is 98 years old so that scares me a lot. She will tell you when she thinks she is dying, and it makes me so sad. I am not ready for anybody that I am close to, pass away yet. One of the only downfalls to working in a nursing home setting and it is terrible. On the bright side I will be a CNA soon.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Week 13

I worked both Friday and Saturday this past weekend. When I worked Saturday they were having pulled pork if I remember correctly. A lot of them will eat the barbecue but not all of them will, so I had some other orders I had to put in. Which wasn't a big deal at all. I sat in the dining room and socialized with them until their supper came out. After they were all finished up, I had to push several of them back to their rooms. I don't mind pushing them down to their rooms at all, it is just a lot of work walking back and forth so many times. Then I have to go straight into straightening up my dining rooms, which is the worst part. I am usually fairly busy until I get off at 8. Sometimes I even run over a little bit because I get so busy. Which is fine because from about 5 to 6 I am fairly bored and do not have much to do until they serve my dining room, which is the last place to be served. This is why the residents get crabby waiting to get fed.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Blog 12

I worked last night until 8:30. I went and got popcorn chicken from Walmart before I went in. Then I sat down and ate my chicken and wrapped all of the silverware. After I got all of the silverware wrapped, I set the dining room and got their drinks ready for them. As the residents started piling in, the busier I got. I give them all water before they even get to the dining room and then once they come in I give them the drink that they would like. For example, Joe Barkley always gets orange juice and Donna Littleton always gets iced tea. I know exactly what every single one of them want to drink. I've been there so long that I know every single one of them like the back of my hand. It is an awesome feeling to be so close to all of them, but sometimes that will backfire since they are so old and sadly, can die at anytime. I haven't really lost any of my residents and really do not want to. Donald Wilson passed away not too long ago but he only came down to the dining room a couple of times, so it wasn't too hard on me. I love working at the nursing home so much.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Week 11

I went to Tennessee this past weekend so the last day that I worked was Wednesday night. Wednesday nights are bingo nights for the residents at Paris Healthcare! So they were all excited to get done eating supper and get down to bingo. They are some residents who do not like bingo but the majority of them love it. They had potatoe soup for dinner that night so it was a pretty easy night. Most of them like potatoe soup, but if they don't we had beef stew for them. Those are my favorite work days, where there are no special orders from the residents. They had some cinnamon bread for dessert and most of it was hard as brick so the residents were throwing a fit about that. Which I don't blame them, I would too. There were only a select few of them that weren't hard so I had to go in and complain until I got them soft bread. But I would do mostly anything to keep the residents happy, they deserve it. Old people are the cutest and deserve to have things they want.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Week 9

The last time I worked was February 29th. That has been a couple days ago so I'm ready to get back to see all their sweet faces. Which I work tonight! Last time I worked the residents were served sloppy joe and French fries. Most of them can tolerate sloppy joe but not all of them. Many of the residents have been a little sickly so they haven't been coming down to the dinning room or if they are, they aren't eating very much at all. I always offer them many other things when they don't eat much because I feel bad. Most of the time they deny it because they simply aren't hungry, but it doesn't hurt to try. Some of them have been a little grumpy lately as well, which can very irritating but there is nothing I can do about it. I just try putting them in a better mood, or simply just let them have some peace and quiet. They normally don't get upset or angry at me though because I'm always so cheerful and happy when I'm around them. They need that kind of surroundings in their lives so that's what I give them. I love old people though, they warm my heart!

Friday, February 26, 2016

Blog 8

Last night I worked for the first time since I was sick. It really wasn't too bad, but it could have been better. They were served brats, french fries, broccoli, and a brownie. Most of them liked the meal but a couple of them did want something else. I had not been there since Sunday, so they were all so happy to see me again and the feeling was definitely mutual. I missed all of their beautiful faces. Marjie said that she missed me so much and that she was really glad I was back. She is just the sweetest little thing. I also saw miss little Barb trying to wheel herself down to the dining room so I had to go help her by pushing her down to the dining room. She always says "I can get all the help I can." Then Mr. Harrold Waller told me I need to take all the chairs that are in the dining room and have a weenie roast over them because they are junk. He was fired up over how crappy our chairs were. I also had two new residents out in the dining room last night. It is always fun meeting new residents and getting to know them. One of them is a cute, little old lady that wears a little hat and is in a wheelchair. She is so cute, I love her. I get attached to old too easily, but I don't care because they are so cute. I just love working in a nursing home so much.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Blog 7

I worked last night right after I got back from the Botanical Gardens. I thought I was going to be late and I was worried, but I actually ended up getting there at 3:45 which is kind of early. I worked with Makenzie and Teya. We worked pretty well together and I was shocked. We got out sort of early and that is something that I like. The residents had a big spaghetti dinner last night and a lot of them were very impressed by it. I was glad that the kitchen served something that they liked since they are like all sick and do not want to eat anything. It makes me sad when they just will not eat and refuse anything you try giving them. I can usually talk them into getting at least a little bit in their system, but it does not always work that way. Joe, one of my favorite residents, refuse to let me give him anything but what they are serving. He may not like anything on his plate and still will eat it and refuse anything else. He says that I do enough for him and he would not want me to do anything more for him. He is just the sweetest little thing ever, even though I would not mind doing things for him. Another one of my favorites has been sick lately and just cannot remember anything. It makes me sad when she comes down for supper and thinks that it is breakfast time or when she cannot remember if she has been coming down the last few days. Last night I also discovered that I have the same exact ring as one of the residents. Her is at least thirty years old and mine is no more than three years old! Hers is all beat up and black, but you can tell that it is the same ring that I have. It melted my heart when she told me that her favorite little girl has the same ring that she does. There is never a dull moment when you work in a nursing home and I love that!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Week 6

Last night I worked until eight o'clock with Cariae Johnson. We work really well together and get the job done really fast. They had Alfredo for dinner and they really didn't like it too well. After they were all done eating I gave them all a little ice cream cup and they were loving that. I just love making them happy! I'm so ready for us to go play bingo with them because they love bingo so much! It's something for them to do in between meals, so it's something they enjoy. Hopefully, since I work out there they will let me request to take Mary Yuza down to bingo and sit with her. She loves bingo and she loves me. Last week she gave me a pack of gum because she said in such a good nurse. Although I'm not a nurse, I do help her out a lot and make sure she is happy! I do that with all of my residents to be honest, but some are more cheerful than others. I absolutely love working with old people so much. So getting to play bingo with them should be exciting for me! Love working in a nursing home!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Week 5

I worked last night with Makenzie and Destanie! It was a pretty fun night at work, if I do say so myself. The residents had some kind of salisbury steak and rice for dinner. It looked incredibly gross and most of the residents thought the same! They all loved the chocolate pudding I handed out for dessert though. It was such a slow, quiet day at Paris Healthcare last night though because most of them are tired or not feeling well. We had a resident get sick last night out of no where! The rest of them were practically falling asleep at the table waiting on their food. Usually they are all calling my name asking for ten different things to eat and something different to drink. Last night, they were all okay with the drinks I gave them and what was on the menu. That is the kind of nights I like, so I can just jump from table to table talking to each and every one of them. I love asking them how they are doing, so I can see their face light up and them get so excited to tell me. Mr. Barkley told me that he is trying to remember that everyone is different and not everybody acts the same way. He says that his son took him somewhere yesterday and all the people were being rude to each other and just bickering and he has not been around that kind of stuff before. So he was talking about how different it was and how it is okay to be different. I told him that that is exactly right and that he should always remember that! He is the cutest resident ever. I just love working around old people, I think I communicate better with them then I do my peers!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Week 4

When I worked Monday night, it was an easy night. All the residents are always tired since it is winter and they have no energy. So they are sleeping while waiting on dinner. I went in about a half an hour early since I brought some chicken nuggs to eat before I start working. Then I went out into the dining room and set all the tables and gave the residents some ice water. Except Mary Yuza, she will not allow ice to be in any of her drinks. I then went around and talked to each resident and asked them what else they would like to drink. Most of them want the same thing each night or they want nothing more than water. Some will get different stuff each night. It just depends on what day it is, I guess. They had beef and noodles for dinner and most of them seemed to really like it. They were all clearing their plates like it was nothing. I don´t think they have ever had that in the nursing home, so it was something different. This means everyone is not wanting something different and I didn´t have to make 100 different things. After dinner was done and the residents started heading back to their room, I started pushing the ones who need pushed, back to their room. Once the dining room was cleared out, I started cleaning up so I could go home. Nights like that are the best nights to work!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Week 3

Last night when I worked, all the residents were in such a good mood! These are the best kind of days to work. I came in 35 minutes early and got almost everything done before they started serving dinner. That way I could go out and talk to all the residents for a while. Plus I got them all drinks that they wanted. The kitchen was serving potato soup that night so they were all excited about that. Everyone loves potato soup! Then Mr. Becher asked me if I was still in high school and where I was going to college. He said he imagines me being a honor roll student who wants to go to school to be a nurse. He was exactly right! He never fails to make me smile. He always tells me I'm so sufficient as a worker and I love hearing things like that. He says I should go to engineering school because they need more women in that industry. I hated to tell him that that just isn't how I want to spend the rest of my life. Nothing about engineering school excites me.
I also have a resident that will only drink lemonade if I make it. If anyone else makes it, he will refuse to drink anything. So everyday I go and make lemonade, even though I didn't think I even made the lemonade right. I just do it to make the residents happy! Considering they make me happy.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Week 2

I worked last night and it was an okay night. The old people are the only part of my job that I actually enjoy. Talking to them and getting them to do exercises with their arms is really fun and entertaining to me. Sometimes they are a little annoying when they do not want what the kitchen is serving, but they also do not want anything else in the world. This means you have to sit there with them and name off every food on the face of the planet to see what they want to eat instead of the meal. Other than that I go around each table and ask each and every one of them how they are doing. They just get the biggest smile ever and say "good sweetie, how are you?" The ones that are sick and do not come down to the dining room I go see them in their room and maybe bring them some soup. Just check up on them and make sure they are okay. Since the cold weather and all the sickness, the old people are dying a lot easier and a lot faster. It is so sad that every time I work the ambulance and or a funeral home with a body bag is there to pick somebody up. After dinner and they are all back to their rooms another aide and I go and clean up the dining room and make sure everything is ready for breakfast. I only work about five hours a night and mainly work about four to five days a week. I really do enjoy my job.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Working at Paris Healthcare

I work at Paris Healthcare as an aide. I started working there in the very beginning of November. I love working there and getting to socialize and be around the residents. There are so many stories from every night that I work. I have residents who absolutely adore me and are attached to me. I also feel the same about some of them. For example, Mr. Cox's grandmother is one of my absolute favorites. Every time she sees me she gets the biggest smile and says "There's my girl, I've missed you!" She just makes my day. Another one of my favorite residents is Joe Barkley, he will not let me leave without giving him a hug first and thanks me for everything I do for him. There are unlimited amount of perks to my job, but there are also some downfalls to it. Like my favorite resident took therapy and went home. So now I do not get to see him or bring him his two cups of vanilla ice cream anymore. On the other hand, his mother is a resident so I talk to her about him sometimes. She is one of the oldest residents there and she is in some pretty good shape for being in her late nineties. Working with the elderly is definitely one of the best things I have done in a long time. Though, I do not want to work in a nursing home after college. I want to be a nurse. This is why I will enjoy the time I will spend working there until I move on to my dream career.