Saga Of A Hospice Nurse Continues
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Today was like most every day. The " hustle and
bustle " of everyone getting out of the office and
on the road to see all their patients has began.
" The race was on . " My heart began to flutter
with anticipation of what lay ahead of me. I
secretly dreaded it, but I kept my thoughts to
I finally reach my first patient for the day. The
dread is still lingering . I try to fight the
temptation to turn around and make a run for it ,
but it's to late .....
Knock , knock ! "Hello! It's me your nurse."
" Come on in" the lady screams out from a distance beyond
the dark inner core of their fallen down shack .
Instantly the smell hits my nose. The air is stale
and wreaks with urine and roach spray. It burns my
nostrils so bad that my nose hairs curl backward."
I am going to love this" I try to console myself
,but so far it's not working. "God I need a
I make my way towards the living room. My feet
move across the floor and I feel crunchy things
under my feet. Crunch, crunch, crunch with every
step. At first I can't determine if I am stepping
on stale bread crumbs.Or could it be?....
Oh! No! It's my biggest fear. I am stepping on
roaches. Crunch, crunch, crunch. I think I am
going to vomit. I know I can't possibly allow
myself to do that . After all , it would be
There they are sitting together huddled in the
corner "side by side". Husband and wife a sightly
pair.They are both thin as pencils and adorned
with a near toothless grin across their withered
faces. The wife , who is my patient, has one tooth
. It is as "green as grass". Maybe it is left over
collard greens from last night's supper. Nope!
that's the real color.
The long gnarly arm of her husband reaches out to
my hand. I try to be polite and gently shake his
hand. In the back of my mind, I am trying to
remember where on earth did I put my antiseptic
At last I am done with my visit and it's time to
go. Treading aimlessly through the darkened room
and roach pathway I finally see day light. I take
a deep breath when my face hits the clean air.
Gasp! I never knew I could hold my breath so long!
Whoops ! I didn't see that loose board on the
porch. I fall and skin both my knees. My new
uniform now is torn. I am bleeding too!
I made it to my car. Driving off to see my next
patient , I think about what to cook for supper
tonight. Some people may think I am nuts to do
this type of work . They may think it's rather
sickening, but I have to admit I really love this
job. The End ...
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