High Blood Pressure, Kidney Disease, Heart Disease, Diabetes…
I sat down to eat lunch with a relative last week. She counted out what looked to be like ten pills, one was for this, two for that, and so on. It made me sad. It made me think about the preciousness and precariousness of life. So many friends of my step-mom came around to visit her while she was sick. Every single one seemed to have a health condition, kidney problems, strokes, high blood pressure, gout, heart conditions, prostate cancer, or diabetes or a combination thereof.
Dignity Is The Greatest Service You Can Offer
I have spent a lot of time in the hospital over the past nine months with several close family members, old and young. And one thing that has taught me is that good health is a priceless gift and being treated with dignity is the greatest service you can offer a person.
Unfortunately everyone isn’t treated with dignity. My sister and I have spent most weekends in late February and March in the hospital with my stepmom. When we were there we would feed her and get her up. But we weren’t there all the time. It was humiliating for her to have to call the nurse several times to go to the bathroom and have her come after she’d had an accident, to have to be wiped too roughly in her private areas by a young male nurse, or to have her hands shaking so bad that she couldn’t feed herself. Several times we’d arrive to a full uneaten tray of cold food. She’d tell us she couldn’t reach her teeth or her hands were shaking too bad. We had to insist that they send someone to feed her even though it was obvious to everyone she needed help. If you have a loved one in the hospital visit them often. Give them hope and cheer them up. And do what you must to take care of yourself and those you love to keep them out of the hospital! Please!
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