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I am going to work tonight ~ I havent been working much ~ but I occasionally work for Les and Audrey. They live right here in my town ~ Les has cancer, he is in his 70's ~ he is terminal. I have always known these people but I really get to know them when I work for them. Les has been falling a lot lately when he gets up in the night ~ I will be staying so hopefully Audrey can get some rest and if Les needs to get up I will help him.
People ask me how I can do this job ~ I get really close to these people and their families. I dont know how I do it ~All I know is I try to make them as comfortable as I can. Last summer I worked for Robert and Helene. Robert was in a resthome ~ he had had a stroke. In the resthome they were leaving him in bed or in a wheelchair. Helene and I went and got him out of the resthome last May ~ we brought him home. I went everyday all last summer and walked Robert so his legs would get stronger. Some days he almost walked a whole block, others he couldnt walk as far ~ but he always tried ~ and he always had a smile on his face. Sometimes we would stop and he would just look around. The 3 of us would go out to eat, do a little grocery shopping ~ we always had fun! They had a condo in Florida where they always spent the winters except for the previous winter when Robert had the stroke. They wanted to go to Florida again! I had such mixed feelings about them going. I wanted them to enjoy themselves but I worried about them. Well they went......we would call each other every week. Robert had another stroke..only this time he didnt come out of it ~ he passed away last Fall. And as sad as I was to see Robert go ~ I was so happy that he had the time that he had to walk ~ smell the flowers and fresh mown grass ~ go out to dinner ~ laugh ~ and sleep in his own bed with his loving wife. What better gift could he have had? So yes I am very sad when I lose one of "my People", but I am so glad to be able to help them enjoy whatever they have left and my life is much richer for having known them. Helene and I are still very close ~ she will be home from Florida soon ~ she is still one of "my People". We never fail to say " I love you" when we hang up...because its true.....I loved them both and they loved me.