Hello Itlbokers, ( too soon for pet names?)
The woman who came into B&N yesterday, the stranger who agreed I should start a blog, Remember her? Her name is Julie by the way. The woman who lives on the opposite coast of CT and is just visiting her aunt and uncle, (and to help change my life—but really, I feel everyone we meet AND who meets us, changes our life for the better in little ways) came back to talk with us before she returned home. She is thrilled that I started a blog!
Her uncle is in a convalescent home-a word she does not like to use and apparently isn’t used often in CA. In her opinion CT is ten years behind CA in treating our elderly. And since I somewhat recently moved my dad in (and out I guess you can say, he died a year ago) of a senior assisted living, which by the way, I thought was lovely) I was interested in what Julie had to say. I’m pretty much always interested in what people have to say, IF they are open minded! She felt the people in this convalescent home didn’t listen to their patients—literally. Didn’t talk to them. Treated them as if they are in a coma. And to be fair, she thinks many of the patients these nurses (I don’t know if they are nurses, I just don’t know what to call them, attendants?) deal with are in a coma or are unresponsive patients. All she knows is that her uncle does talk and is responsive. Julie said in CA there are places where elderly patients can live, like a home where there are 6 patients to 2-3 attendants. And the patient’s kind of think it’s their own home! How cool is that! More personal care and in a nicer facility.
I also, for the first time, heard the word, Feldenkrais. Please don’t ask me to pronounce it.
The Feldenkrais Method® is a powerful and revolutionary approach to improving your life that uses gentle, mindful movement to bring new awareness and possibility into every aspect of your life. Developed by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, the Feldenkrais Method has helped millions of people worldwide.
Julie thought this method would be great dealing with her uncle. And she just assumed she would be able to find 30 specialists in CT just by googling. I gather not the case. Once again CA ahead of us in that respect. Must be because they are three hours ahead of us. If you multiply three hours by 365 days/year, you can see why they are so ahead of us in so many things. That’s called Laura Logic–LL for short! And it’s something you will see a lot of in the upcoming blogs. You’ll have to keep up with me and my thinking! You also may have to keep some Excedrin and a glass of water close by (or a glass of wine couldn’t hurt either) Or is CA three hours behind us? OK, I’m getting a headache now. I’m trying to visualize sunrises and sunsets going over the United States.
I just love the fact that there is SO MUCH OUT THERE TO LEARN!
And I’m not saying learn in the “college” sense. I’m saying learn from other people. And all we have to do is “talk” to the them and “listen” to them. And you know what? We just formed a RELATIONSHIP?
I’m not talking about a lasting relationship. That Julie and I will be best friends. Or that we’ll even ever see each other again. That’s not the point. The point is what I learned today! And the feeling of friendship I got today! And the feeling of friendship she got when she left me (I hope—unless of course she goes and tells her friends in CA, wait until you hear about the nut I met in CT!….but then again I’ll never know!)
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