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Up the Hierarchy


At James Square Nursing Home in Syracuse, there is a hierarchy. On 3 South, a 34-bed rehabilitation unit, the hierarchy starts with Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA). There are supposed to be four CNAs on Day Shift, three on Evenings and … Continue reading

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One Administrator, One Nurse, One Aide and 34 Patients


This morning my glucose was 129. It hasn’t been that low in several years after having topped out around 650. In recent months it has been averaging around 350. The nurse—a floater—said that 129 was a good number; I said … Continue reading

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Today


There is so much I want to tell you but, alas, I get too tired too fast. Today there would be the story of the man who was admitted Friday evening, and the importance of hugs, and some other stuff, … Continue reading

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A Life Wasted


A nurse practitioner and I have just been talking. Mostly we were talking about herbal teas, of which we are both aficionados. Prior to that, I was talking with a staff member of the Recreation Dept. Mostly we were talking … Continue reading

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Stop Talking and Take Action


A complaint against James Square nursing home, 918 James St., Syracuse, NY. Unit 3 South, Rm. 353. Unit 3 South is inadequately staffed. Yesterday my call bell was on for 90 minutes without being answered. This morning at 8:10 nobody … Continue reading

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A Little of This, a Little of That


Mid-line February, already. A bouquet of red, pink and white roses and carnations sit on my windowsill, backed by the relentless gray skies of Syracuse. Flowers give me such a lift. This afternoon there was a fire in a house … Continue reading

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According to the Nurse


It was noon and my lunch tray did not arrive. At 12:05 I put on my call bell to ask for my lunch. I sat in my bed and waited. At 12:10, no lunch and no nurse’s aide. I have … Continue reading

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