Last week a client gave me a tea pot. Despite my protests that we are not allowed to accept gifts under any circumstances she insisted. She went as far as to follow me out to my car and place it on the passenger seat. At this point there was little I could do except phone it in and report what happened. My nurse leader told me that I had to bring the pot by the office. Now I am wondering if the nursing staff are going to use it for their own tea because it was implied that it would not be returned to the client. The thing is, even though I do not believe I should ever accept gifts from the people I care for it can be a bit of a grey area. For many of the people we care for, we are the only ones that will see them for days of weeks even months at a time. In a few cases, years. We become like family. This particular woman lost her spouse in September and just signed a DNR because her days on this planet are numbered. She is frail and according to her doctor she will likely will not see the end of this year. All her family live on the other side of the country. She wants to give gifts to the the people who care for her because it makes her happy. I am not talking about jewelry of money or anything over $20.00. It is just the gesture, right? “Thank you for coming into my home and taking care of me so I can live out my last days at home and not in a facility. Thank you for giving me dignity and friendship.” The fact is, we do get gifts offered to us and before this teapot the only thing I ever actually accepted from a client was a plastic butterfly magnet that came in a Christmas cracker. Anyway, the teapot is out of my car and who knows what will happen to it.
WordPress is still causing me issues but as soon as I went to the forum to ask how to fix the problem I had a WordPress employee trying to help. I never, ever had that with Blogger. So, that is good.
Just now my doctor’s office called and cancelled my appointment for a third time! Are you fucking kidding me? Welcome to Canada. I am not in the least bit advocating for non Universal Health Care but this is what out current (cunt) premier is doing to us. Cutting back and cutting back until doctors cannot keep up. (It is happening to home support workers as well.) Universal Health Care works when it is funded properly but the (cunt) premier is creating this problem. No doubt she has no problem decreasing the surplus population. And for those of you that see the word “liberal” behind her do not be fooled. She is not liberal. She is a fucking right-wing conservative under the guise of the liberals. Dear, god. Please bring back the NDP. And if you are offended by the word cunt I apologize but there really is no better word to describe this lying bitch.
OK, before I totally blow a gasket I am going to go.
Addendum – A girl guide just came to the door selling cookies. I hid. And for that I am going to hell.