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The Other Side

In the back of your mind

1-10 written on a post-it note
On a 10 scale with 10 as high, how much truth do you want today?

In the back of your mind, be preparing for living in a nursing home.

What?

Not joking.

All the cleaning and purging: recycling, donating, and trashing – all of it is highly motivating, for me, because i’m preparing for worst-case scenario – a nursing home.

i have lived in an assisted-living facility for about 2-3 weeks a year for four years. Simultaneously on these numerous multi-night stays, i spent many hours in the adjacent 24-hour nursing care facility.

You get a small medical bed, a small closet, and half a room. You may or may not have a one-toilet bathroom with no shower in your room, if you are mobile enough to use it independently.

What you can do with half a single nursing home room is sparse at best.

Bottom line, you won’t have much room.

Start downsizing your non-essentials.

If you like to travel and like to travel light, this is the same concept.

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Dear Son

Nursing homes really make you think

Fall foliage
i wondered what the tree looked like from the trunk up.

 

Fall foliage
Remarkably similar.

 

Nursing homes really make you think.

What do we envision our final years being comprised of?

No one really plans on a nursing home.

But if that’s the hand we’re dealt, how would we respond to daily life, knowing this was the final home for us – never would there be any other option.

Of course, Hospice is probable, but you would most likely remain in the nursing home.

i love feeling uncomfortable with thoughts like these.

The best time to concern ourselves with stuff like this is when we don’t need to be.

 

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Hope

Was this the first time he thanked me for visiting?

Bruce Springsteen
Bruce was becoming an American icon about the same time i was becoming friends with Cheryl (1979).

 

Was this the first time he thanked me for visiting?

Maybe.

Can’t recall the last time.

A simple gesture gave me hope yesterday.

The wait of 37 years came with no expectation.

Hope that i am changing in order to be a better nursing home visitor.

 

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On April Fool’s Day 2009, jeff noel began writing five daily, differently-themed blogs (on five different sites). It was to be a 100-day self-imposed “writer’s bootcamp”, in preparation for writing his first book. He hasn’t missed a single day since.