Today went by in a whoosh and I really can’t remember all I did today. It was a very long day in Home Care. I do remember changing a colostomy bag and if you have never had to do that thank your lucky stars and pray that you will never have to. If you have changed a colostomy you know that it is a smell unlike anything on this planet. And God bless you if you were able to get through it without gagging. Today I was one step ahead and brought some lotion with a peppermint/lavender mix to put on my arm to smell while doing it. And I also got about 9 other people up, showered, medicated, fed, changed and cleaned. I put on adult diapers, did a few loads of laundry in there and made a lot of beds. I listened. I smiled. I laughed. I filled out medication reports and client progress sheets. I talked to, e mailed, left voice mails for Nurse Leaders. I spoke with schedulers and was re-routed. I drove over half the city and back again. In 8 hours I stopped to use the toilet once. The rest of the day was go! And then I came home and flopped on the love seat and Norbert came and sat on my lap and purred for about 3 minutes and now he is in bay window watching his birdies. And I will do it all again tomorrow.
Or something like it.