Monthly Archives: August 2013

Cora and Jeanette To: Nursing Home Intake Complaints Fr: Anne C Woodlen Dt: August 31, 2013 Re: Cora, Rm. 422 Iroquois Nursing Home Jamesville, NY “Mo-ther . . . Mo-ther . . . Mo-ther, please help me . . . I made … Continue reading

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From Bhutan to the Iroquois Nursing Home

Pusbah is twenty-two years old and, as my grandmother would have said, no bigger than a minute. She has a five-month-old daughter who probably is no bigger than a half-second. The baby—whose name starts with A and who was named … Continue reading

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Ativan, Sleep Apnea and Bad Craziness

Someone searched my blog for Ativan with sleep apnea: DO NOT TAKE ATIVAN IF YOU HAVE SLEEP APNEA. It could kill you. Ativan, also known as Lorazepam and Temesta, is a benzodiazepine. It is used for the treatment of anxiety, … Continue reading

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Human Being

1. hu•man be•ing noun 1. 1. a man, woman, or child of the species Homo sapiens , distinguished from other animals by superior mental development, power of articulate speech, and upright stance. “A human being is a part of the … Continue reading

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Cora was a Lady

They’re coming to take me away today ha-ha ho-ho hee-hee they’re coming to take me away today . . . Yesterday the social worker came and told me that Rosewood Heights Nursing Home has “offered me a bed.” In Medicaid … Continue reading

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Catheter Care In my home of origin, I carried my catheter bag around by its hook and hung it on the magazine rack, napkin drawer or wherever. I had no shame; it is what it is. When I went out, … Continue reading

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Soul Care

What if we started with soul care? What if we said that it is inhuman to make a dozen people sit and listen to the same CD play repeatedly for four hours while we change their bed sheets? What if … Continue reading

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More than a Suggestion

‘When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from … Continue reading

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Iroquois: Fourth Floor

I cannot Bear the pain Anymore I am numb with the pain I cry out Day and night In the darkness Mother Father Howard Nurse nurse nurse nurse nurse nurse nurse nurse nurse nurse nurse nurse Every three seconds I … Continue reading

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Do You Know?

I have just attended an outrageously unsafe event at the Iroquois Nursing Home. A retiree was offering a piano performance in the Activities room on the first floor. Twenty-five to thirty people in wheelchairs were packed into the room. There … Continue reading

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