LitaWrites (real_lawyer) wrote,

Tossed Salad Friday

~~ Overheard: “She asked me rudely. She always says ‘Just do this’ and I’m sick of it. My mother would have slapped her face.”

~~ Overheard: “Didn’t you think that could happen if you put all your pants in the wash at once?” [Wish I knew what that was.]

~~ Overheard: “She’s cute, but not in the way you think. Sorta like not pretty enough to be pretty.”

~~ When I started sharing tales from Dementia-ville I meant it to focus on my small corner of the world, where a dementia patient moved in and drained my will to carry on. I didn’t know then that the USA would also become a demented country, filled with spineless but empowered mercenary, racist, and sexist predators.

~~ Let’s start with my small corner. Lady Chatterley left and we thought she was gone for good. After all, she had added neglectful into her repertoire of talk, shower, talk, talk, shower, talk, shower and my husband had made his displeasure known to the agency. A lovely aide replaced her but then, bam! Lady C. was back three days later. How could this be?

~~ Despite her obvious drawbacks, the agency seems intent on keeping Lady C. in my home. We are now quite focused on getting her the hell out. You may say, “Well, the patient is your family and she is in your house,” but experience is teaching me that it really doesn’t work that way. Unless the agency thinks that it may have some liability or exposure for neglect, it soft-pedals everything.

~~ However, my spouse is up to the task — he’s cut his teeth on some of the toughest customer service reps in the world and doesn’t back down. He’s about to relate to the agency this latest incident: He asks Lady C. what the patient had for breakfast and is told “Cereal and milk.” As he’s compiling a shopping list, he notices the milk is past its date and takes a sniff. He asks Lady C. “Is this the milk you gave her today? It smells terrible and is obviously spoiled,” to which Lady C. replies, “Uh, no, I meant I gave her yogurt.” Neglectful or deceitful? Who cares — just go away.

~~ I tell the patient that it’s snowing outside.
“Ha, ha, you shit” is her answer. And here I thought talking about the weather was a safe subject.

~~ There’s so much I have to say on what’s going on in our nation. But since I seem to be tweeting something on the subject every five minutes, I’ll just post some things and save my energy for the resistance.

~~ One last thought: Make sure you have a library card and a valid passport. The former will keep you educated once public schools are decimated, and the latter will get you into California if it succeeds in seceding.

Have a good weekend!
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