Merry New Years & Happy Christmas! How was everyone’s holiday? Mine was fantastic – as always – spending lots of time with friends and family. Luckily for me I didn’t have to work on Christmas, but I will be working tomorrow (New Year’s Eve) as well as New Year’s Day and the day after that. I also worked today and yesterday so I’m in for a busy week!
Knock on wood I haven’t gotten sick yet. Aside from that random bout of stomach flu, I haven’t had a cold since October, which for me is nothing but a miracle. I used to get sick fairly often and generally around the same time every year. This year I’ve been lucky. My residents however, not so much.
When one person gets sick in a nursing home, EVERYONE gets sick. We take precautionary measures, we use isolation as a way of preventing it from spreading but it doesn’t usually last. It’s like a wild-fire that cannot be tamed. Seriously. Not only is this awful for my residents, but as a PSW it means almost double the work load.
Today I was the ONLY regular on my unit. My nurse was someone I had worked with before so I felt comfortable with her, but the other psw’s were someone from an agency and someone who usually works on another floor. I almost flipped my shit today on more than one occasion but I’m apparently very good at keeping my cool while at work.
The cold and flu season is also bad for me because … well.. I have issues dealing with anything from the neck up. Bowels, urine, diarrhea, not a problem. Vomit, phlegm, coughing, nose dribble, is a problem. For the life of me I have no idea why, it just irks me. I don’t think I was wearing a pair of gloves for less than 15 minutes at a time today.
Also, I came back to work yesterday after having a week off to find out that another one of our residents had passed. I do believe I’ve mentioned her in earlier posts. The lady I referred to as Gwen who always spoke in a very high voice. She was 102 years old.