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Friday, October 24, 2014

Unchained Melody

I work for people with dementia.  It is an honor that I get a chance to know these special and wonderful elders.  Sometimes, I will find myself sobbing or teary eyed if I see one of them acting so differently from the previous days.  I have witnessed how one's mood can change in a matter of seconds.  Imagine how independent and proud they were in their younger years? Now they need someone to help them do the things they used to do by themselves.  It is not easy for these elders.  Though, most of the time they were out of it, there are also times where they can still remember.  The best part of my job as a CNA is I hear a lot of different stories, a real life fairy tales and adventures.  I have taken care of people from different walks of life.  Whether you were a prosecutor or  WWII veteran, there is no assurance that dementia will spare us. 

I have a resident who was known for being combative.  I will name my resident "Hope".  Hope will hit you unexpectedly.  I was almost got a kick on the face.  Fortunately, my reflex was good and I saw the flying kick coming.  I cannot get mad at Hope because it was a "different" person now.  Until I figured out one thing.  Every time I hum a song, Hope would swing head left and right.  My humming calms Hope down.  If I sing, Hope will look at me with adoration and say "Oh my God! You have a beautiful voice. Oh my God!"  Of course, yours truly is always flattered and happy that Hope appreciates my singing.  Hope told me last night, "I love Elvis Presley.  That song is my favorite." 

This is the song I was singing for Hope last night and every night at bed time.  Hope is a sweet and loving person.  Anyone can say that about Hope and I will keep singing for you, Hope.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Wearing Shorts In The Winter Is Fine

Saturday,  January 18, 2014.  I am here at the University Quality Inn sitting in the lobby. No, I'm not checking in. There's a record show today and my husband loves used stuff, so I just here sitting while eating my Burger King's whopper. Anyways,  while munching fries,  here's a young man and young lady headed at the information desk and I noticed all heads were turned on one direction. It's the girl they were all looking at.  She was wearing a heel boots,  a sweater and a short s shorts. It is 1° outside and cold even inside. While all of us were wearing four layers, she was wearing Shorts. Shouldn't we dress appropriately? Well, she doesn't care for as long as looked pretty. 

I remember when I was working at on be superstore. Winters that time and freezingly cold.  A shopper came in wearing shorts and sweater.  Then a little boy came to me and pointed out that the girl was inappropriately dressed.  I laughed when the little boy said that. Very observant for a small boy. He was like "That is so inappropriate!" while shaking his head.

Dress right do if the season is the beat we could do.

Friday, January 10, 2014

One Snowy Morning

On January 5, 2014, there was a snow storm. We went to the doctor to have me check up for constant coughing.  The roads were bad.  Trees were covered with snow. Just beautiful yet dangerous.  Though it was snowing hard and roads were nasty, some drivers still doesn't care. They would drive as fast as they want.  Okay,  I get it. You don't care about your car hit the ditch. You don't care of you get an accident but there are other drivers who are being cautious and careful. Come on! Have some consideration. Drive safely. Follow the traffic precautions.  Get home safely. Everybody happy.

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I always have a sunny personality. Born and raised in a beautiful country called Philippines.  I moved to the United States in 2008 when I married my husband.  A CNA by profession. Goofy. Silly sometimes. I think that is my best attributes so I fit in the job as a nurse's aide. The fact that I love all my patients and residents and being around the elders is one of the best thing that I have ever done in my life.  By the way, my 14 cats are my stress reliever. =)