Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Meals on Wheels

Yes, there are some annoying senior citizens, but most of them I enjoy along with their stories. Seniors are also resourceful; the years of life experience means they do not get upset easily about daily problems.

 I'm reminded of this while doing some substitute driving for Meal on Wheels. The routes are quick and the seniors know you don't have a lot of time to socialize. I was also warned not to tell the clients that I was a nurse, because it would become impossible not to get inundated with health questions.

With the holidays we had extra meals to deliver and people have asked for help with little things before, but today a client asked if I could open something for her on the kitchen table. As I looked over at the table there stood a row of eight bottles that she needed opened to last for the next four days, things like Ensure and Gatorade.

How do these companies expect people who are weak and many have arthritis to open any of these things? In fact many of the people seem like they could use either a fluid bolus or some Lasix, but you have to love em.


Amber said...

How wonderful that you do Meals on Wheels! Good policy to not tell anyone you're a nurse :) You'd be mealing on wheeling all day long!

A Doc 2 Be said...

Many years ago, I delivered the meals on wheels to the elderly people in Bismarck...

They were over joyed to have food, but more thrilled that they had not been forgotten.

You are a blessing to them!