Monthly Archives: August 2013

Cora and Jeanette


nhintake@health.state.ny.us 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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Yesterday


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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