Senior Care

March 26, 2013

I received some bad news this past Sunday about a neighbor of mine that was gravely ill and was placed in a nursing home due to complications of Gangrene.  It was clearly noted by my neighbor’s facial expression that he did not want to be there and if the doctor did indeed give him a few weeks to live, he wanted to spend it in the comfort of his own home.

What actually made my heart sink was how lost and unattached the senior patients seem to be.  It appeared as if their spirit had left their bodies….truly sad.  I have a 75 year old mom and I know it would truly break her spirit if I placed her in a nursing home.  I know we all lead busy lives, but my thought is this:  If our parents can sacrifice for us, why can’t we do the same for them?

In case you are wondering what gangrene is below is a link from WebMD

http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/guide/gangrene-causes-symptoms-treatments

Often times our parents do not let us know what is ailing them at the moment.  Some parents; such as my mom, tend to hold pain inside and deem it as “normal.”  It’s not normal to be in pain.  Look after your parents the way they have looked after you until you were old enough to fly on your own.

Mimi Jenkins

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