Saturday, May 2, 2009

Old-People Problems 2: 2 Old, 2 People

Heartbreak alert:

My care partner (attendant) just came into my room do a routine blood pressure and temperature check. He asked how my night was going. I said, "Slowly." He said that his was busy, and I asked why.

He told me that he had several old patients who were very confused. Immediately I thought about my neighbor, though I hadn't heard any shouting. He told me that a male patient in his 90s was being visited by his wife, and apparently both are somewhat demented. The man's wife didn't want to leave, insisting that she was in their home. "But I am home," she said repeatedly.

The care partner had to call someone from the hospital to escort her out.

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