This is one particular little “ism” that my grandmother seems to repeat quite frequently. Much to the chagrin of my parents. I mean, granted, they have had to hear it a lot more than I do, but they are also slightly less patient or tolerant of her particular brand of age-related dementia, which seems to come with a lot of repetition of phrases. I often want to say to them: “Shes not biting, scratching, screaming, or trying to run away… You’ve got it easy.” but.. I don’t.
But you know what. Life is funny. Not in the “haha” kind of way, but in the “wtf. life is super weird sometimes” kind of way. It’s two a.m. and I’m in my mothers house, in my old bedroom, sitting up in bed, listening to the receiving end of a baby monitor, the other end of which is in my grandmothers room, waiting to hear her call for the commode. It has been less than 6 months since the passing of my grandfather right here in this house, just down the hall. Six months since I stayed up all night with him while his body gave up it’s fight. Six months since I gently administered to him a steady stream of Oxy and Ativan every 15 minutes to keep his body still while his spirit evacuated it. In that span of time, I traveled to India, I nearly got divorced, I considered suicide, I considered rehab, I finished by BSN program, and I made the decision to move away from the city I have lived in for 12 years. Now here I am again, staying up all night feeding Oxy to a dying woman. A woman who raised me from a baby. I clean her commode and feed her jello. I feel, at once, hyper-present and numb. I ask myself “how is this happening?” but I already know the answer.
Life is funny.
I’ve been a crazy sewing fool today!
I cranked out two full sets of cloth pads for some girlfriends.
Each set has 1 liner, 1 light flow pad and 1 heavy/overnight pad.
I am so pleased with how they turned out 😀
I also bundled each set with 1 reusable cloth tampon!
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I have an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to Hyderabad, India this October to participate in Chamberlain College of Nursing’s International Nursing Service Project.
Participating in this trip would give me a unique opportunity to take all of the nursing skills and knowlege I have already aquired in the classroom and clinical rotations, and apply them in a humanitarian capacity.
This two-week intensive takes us, to south-central India to provide medical support to underserved communites there. We provide medical care and attention to individuals in both rural and urban settings. This trip would deeply enhance my clinical education, help me to become a more well-rounded care provider, as well as give me the chance to experience, first-hand, a dramatically different cultural and socioeconomic environment.
The cost for the trip is $4,000 which includes all travel, room and board expenses for the two weeks.
At the end of the two weeks, our efforts are rewarded with a visit to the Taj Mahal!
Please consider making any donation, small or large, to help me be able to participate in this amazing humanitarian mission and educational experience!
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