Tag: dementia

Good-bye 'Mama' - A Letter to 'Kentucky'

Hi Mama – Where do I begin? I am so sad that you are gone. I miss you everyday. I miss your hugs. I miss your jokes. I miss your sly smile, and our “sexy shoulder shimmy” dance. I’m sorry I left you. I’m sorry I wasn’t there to say good-bye. I wish I could... Read more »

The Last Day

The last day was two weeks ago. I just couldn’t bring myself to write about it until now. No matter how much you tell me I made the right decision. No matter how much more money will be on my paycheck now. No matter what. A piece of me feels like it is gone. My... Read more »

Same Sex Marriage and a Nursing Home

What a week, huh? Lots of major things happened in America, including same sex marriage becoming legal in all 50 states, controversy over Charleston and racism, and Obamacare. I think we can all agree that the most shocking and important thing that happened, was me writing two blog posts in one week. In the last... Read more »

Talking About Charleston and Racism

Lately, most people have been talking about Charleston. The events that happened there. Racism. The confederate flag. Everyone has opinions. Well so do some of my residents. Here is the transcript of a conversation I heard between two of the elderly ladies at my home. 1 – “Have you heard about Charleston?” 2 – “Yes,... Read more »

The Sad Truth

The sad truth is, not all of these posts can be heartwarming stories, silly events, funny anecdotes, and cute tales. Because that isn’t all there is to working in a nursing home. While I love to write those kinds of posts, it just isn’t always the case. I was writing a lot about Kentucky, cause... Read more »

Get Out of the Way You Jerks!

Get out of the way you jerks! Yeah, you heard me! Time for me to rant. It’s my blog and I can rant if I want to, rant if I want to. You would rant too if people were big stupid jerk faces to you. One of my gripes of city life is people not... Read more »

A Ray of Sunshine in this Dreary Winter?

I hate writing. Then, Krista, why do you write a blog? Because I love praise and validation and I get a ton of it every time I write a post. There! I said it. Do you hate me? Well why do you hate writing? Because it is a solitary act. I am 10 to 0... Read more »

Miracle on the 3rd and 4th Floors: A Christmas Story

Ok, so there weren’t really any “miracles” at the nursing home, but it is Christmas time dammit and it was a freaking cute title since I work on the 3rd and 4th floors. Also because we watched Miracle on 34th Street, which they absolutely loved! After we watched it, one of the residents exclaimed, “I... Read more »

Christmas in a Nursing Home

I don’t get to go home for Christmas this year. I have to work. I was and am sad, because I love being with my family at Christmas. However, I get to be with my second family, the old folks. So I think that will make it a lot better. A good portion of them... Read more »

Relationships: People are people are people are people

What relationship doesn’t have its ups and downs? All marriages do. All romantic partnerships do. Business partnerships. Relatives. Friendships. Co-workers. People breed conflict. People breed love. There is a thin line between love and hate. You can go from yelling to hugging. People, by nature, just clash and co-exist. They bond and they break. You... Read more »