Another Way Home: another crazy nursing story
Another Way Home
Our building was at one time like a huge family. Yes I know that our patients had their own families and friends. But we tried to treat them as our family. After our building, and the country, went on lock down, not all the employees could come back to work just the ‘essential’. So some of the ‘day’ workers were stuck at home along with the rest of the country. I’m sure you would think that our rooms would have phones but no. They did have a phone only if the family provided one. Which most of our residents didn’t have a lot of family. We tried our best to entertain as much as possible. But getting to each room was difficult with the amount of residents that became ill and the short staff that we had.
I remember one older man I’ll call him Todd. Now Todd was very set in his ways and was very awnry. He didn’t want to stay in his room, he didn’t want to wear a mask, he didn’t want to go to doctors appointments, and he didn’t want to take his medications. He was as we say very noncompliant. Todd was having to start dialysis but only went maybe half the time. He got up for dialysis and was very stoic which wasn’t like him. He went to dialysis without complaints.
Todd got to diaysis but refused to wear a mask. I’m sure he gave them hell. I’m sure he did that for his own purpose. Because not thirty minutes later our facility van driver was coming back from taking another patient to a doctor’s appointment. And saw him in the drive thru at a fast food restaurant that was conveniently located across the street. YES, he was in his wheelchair in the drive thru behind another car and a car behind him. That man probably refused to wear a mask. Just so he could get his two cheese burgers and two fries. He came back to the facility proud with his chin up in the air and a huge smile on his face.
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