Some things don’t stop me from visiting. I hurt my back the Monday before Thanksgiving but I still visited. When my husband came down with a cold or infection of some sort after Thanksgiving, I visited last Tuesday because I had no symptoms and we were being careful.My next visit was to be last Friday but I received an early morning call that my littlest grandson was not feeling well. God must have been watching out because I started having headaches that day – not caused by my little Hurricane J - and by Saturday was well on my way to the same thing my husband had. Here I sit today, still not 100% but hoping that later this week I’ll be in good shape to go.
I’m especially sensitive to visiting if there is a possibility that I am ill because many years ago, I worked in a nursing home as a dietary aide. I loved my work! I helped the cooks prepare the meals and kept everything clean and neat for them. My favorite part was serving the residents – knowing each one’s quirks and favorite foods and joking with them as I made sure they enjoyed their meal. After the meal it was my job to wash the dishes and put them all away but industrial dishwashing equipment made that a fun and easy chore too.So what does that have to do with spreading an illness? There was a day during my time there when a cook came in with a stomach virus. She should have stayed home and certainly should not have been handling food. Within one week, three of the most vulnerable residents passed away after having symptoms of a stomach bug. I can’t say it was the cook’s fault because the bug was going around and visitors were coming in and out all the time. All these years later, however, I still remember that lesson.
So, in this case, I’m happy that Mom is farther away because if she was close, I would feel that I had to see her every day because no one else would be close. And I’m happy to say that, while I have not been able to visit, our very large family has more than made up for it! Mom has had MANY visitors this past week!
|Two of my grandnieces take Mom and another resident for a walk. It makes me SOOOO happy!|