Extraordinary Day at Work

Oct 15, 2019

oh, don’t know where to start. I might talk about the last job. I was a nurse’s aide. And it was a blackout. And, they wouldn’t let us in because the next shift couldn’t come. So, what we did, some people bathed, some people dry, some people clothed, some people did this and did that. Me, myself, I got two wheelchairs together, put a sheet over my head, and went to sleep. It’s about it for me. That was extraordinary because I had never been through something like that before. Yeah, we had generators.

Where were you working?

The Riverside… Well, it’s called the Riverside now. It was called Kateri. On 87th street, Riverside Drive. Yeah. Big nursing home.

Did you like your job?

I loved it. I want to go back…I can’t. Yeah. I got sick, you know, at 62. I got sick. I didn’t…

No, it was my time. I thought I had a cold. I was taking over the counter drugs and it was getting worse. Then, I got a sharp pain in my left side, couldn’t breathe. So, I called an ambulance, they took to me to the … Come on, I thought I was going to die in the house. So, I locked the door, walked down the stairs, and saw them in the next building and I waved to them. That’s all I had to do. They came for me and they put me in the ambulance, gave me oxygen, kept asking me dumb questions. I was in and out. And, when I got to the hospital, they had to innervate me. Okay. Then, she said, “You almost lost your life.”

So, what they did was, after the innervation, the bottom lobe still doesn’t work properly. It doesn’t inflate like the top. So, I came home with oxygen and that’s my story. So, they won’t let me work anymore. My doctor says to now, “What do you want to work for?” I say, “Because I feel like working.” He says, “I’m not going to sign for it.” She said he can find another doctor if you like but I’m not going to sign on it. So, here I am.

But, you’re feeling totally fine now?

Not totally. But I make the best of it.

So, that was basically your last day of work?

Yeah.

Wow. That’s an extraordinary day for sure.

Uh huh.

I mean, you’ve taken care of so many people you’ve got to take care of yourself.

And, I miss them. Well, I’ve only got about 3 left now. But, I’ve been there 22 years.

It was one of the best days because you bathe them, you grease them up, you change clothes, put them in their night clothes and they were happy. Everybody’s happy. We worked around the clock. By time we finished with them, they were tired and knocked out. We had 10 patients to 1 nurse. So, I barely did sit down during the day.

And, not all of them have the attitude that you have.

Oh, trust me. I know. I got slapped in the face with a shitty diaper. I got bit. I got kicked. I got called so many names you don’t want to hear. But, I just smiled. It’s okay because some of them didn’t know any better. Yeah, so. That’s what I had to deal with.