The Rewards and Heartache of Home Care Nursing

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Michael's Farewell

My friend Michael died November 11 th. 2004. When I met him he was a patient, when he died, we were friends. Michael was one of the most extraordinary people I’ve ever known. I will never stop missing him. This is the last thing I ever wrote about Michael, but despite the title, I will never tell... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Michael's Immobility Pt.1

Can You Really Walk a Mile in The Shoes of a Quadriplegic? “_* _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ** _* _ _ * * ***_ * *_* _*_* _ _ _ _ *_ _* _ _* * ***.” “Nothing ever changes.” “Twelve years is too long. I’m tired of nurses. I’m tired of my family. I’m tired of wishing I were dead.” I couldn’t escape Michael’s... Sign in to see full entry.

Michael's Immobility Pt. 2

“**_ * _ _ _ _ **_ _!” “Get out!” Michael wants to kick everyone out of his bedroom, out of the living room, out of his life. His requests or demands are in Morse code, tapped out on a computer because Michael cannot speak. But just because he has no voice, it shouldn’t mean his words have to fall... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, November 10, 2014

All about Michael

You Don't Have To Be Mobile To Move Someone I have a friend named Michael, he's a quadriplegic, and he leads a remarkable life. Though mute, and blind in one eye, Michael taps out short stories, directs photo shoots and prints out the pictures. There are dozens of abbreviations in his head for... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

From patient to friend

When I met Michael, he was 22 years old. He had a C-4 spinal injury. This meant he had no feeling or movement below his shoulders. When I read his case file, it said Michael refused care 85% of the time. I never witnessed his refusal of care 85% of the time. Michael accepted my care, and after a few... Sign in to see full entry.

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