I had a flashback just a few minutes ago while I filling my weekly med planner. I fill it in front of my microwave and the counter top was a mess which prompted the flashback.
I was taken back about 12 years ago when I was still practicing as a home health nurse. I had one particular patient who I was extremely fond of. We shall call her Ethel. Ethel was morbidly obese, diabetic, history of congestive heart failure, a chain smoker and was developmentally delayed. She was a very special person. No matter what was going on with her health she was always jovial and smiling.
She didn't take much initiative to help herself and preferred others do for her. We always laughed and joked and we had a wonderful relationship. I would fill her med planner weekly during one of my visits. It never failed her counter top was a mess with coffee drippings and artificial sweetener particles scattered about. I would tease her that I thought she could at least have the counter wiped off before I came to have a clean surface to fill her medication box. After weeks of teasing I arrived one day and the counter top was spotless. She yelled from the living room "do you see anything different Kelli?" Words can not express how proud of her I was at that moment. In turn she was extremely proud of herself.
Now I find the tables turned and I have the weekly medication planner to be filled and the counter top that needs to be wiped clean. Thoughts of Ethel were bittersweet as I miss nursing so much. Yet through her I was taught the benefits of laughter, joking and even a little teasing.
“As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.”
Henry David Thoreau