Sunday, February 14, 2010

No AARP Available Here

The old guy that I talked about last week..... the one threatening the staff with a rock and trying to smoke hair... they had sent him up to medical for a few days for observation.

Then they sent him back.

They said "He's not cognizant and he's wearing an adult diaper. Here ya go. Have fun!"

Oh snap.

I'm trying to get him to walk back into C-wing with me and he doesn't want to go. He doesn't say anything, just kind of digs his heels in and won't walk.

I don't need this. Don't want to have to drag this 70 year old man across the floor and toss him into a cell. I can't help it if he doesn't want to go in there. It's where they told me to put him and that's where I have to put him.

I call for KP to come give me a hand. He comes trotting out and we take the old guy by the upper arms and between the two of us we give him no options. Either he walks or gets left standing there armless.

"But 'es just an 'armless old man!"

Hee hee hee.... stop it.

Get him into the cell and we have to take his shoes away from him. I tell him and he just looks at me like I'm speaking martian. So we each grab an arm again and try to sit him down on the bunk. We lean him back to make him sit down and he's stiff as a 2x4. I have to put a hand on his hip to make him bend in the middle and sit down. He's so thin I'm afraid I'm going to break something.

The whole time I'm thinking "Don't make me hurt you, little old crazy guy! I would feel really bad about it!"

Finally he sits and I snag the shoes off of his feet and toss them out the door. We leave him sitting there and get out.

So he's old, incontinent, crazy as a bedbug and not aware of his surroundings. And why do we have him down in the Hive?

Because nobody else wants him. He needs to be watched 24/7 to make sure he doesn't wander off and hurt himself.

It's not bad enough we have a whole house full of idiots and snapholes and check ins. We are also a geriatric clinic.

They don't pay us nearly enough for this kind of thing.


  1. I know you can't say what the old guy did to get there, but is he so dangerous at this point he couldn't be moved to an adult care center meant for the crazy & old? When I had therapy dogs some of hte people in the dementia and altzheimers lock down wing were freakin' scary. The staff said some of them were really and truly dangerous.

  2. go in to nursing. It pays better. But then again, you have to deal with poo on a regular basis.

  3. Nursing does pay better, and we DO have to deal with the poo(slingers,eaters,and artists). We need a pay increase !!!!!!

  4. Anon- I don't know what he did to get into prison. Probably better if i don't. I usually don't want to know. And anybody could be dangerous if you give them an opportunity.

    Buddy- No thank you. Then I would have to at least pretend i care about them.

    Squiddly- We are the unsung heroes. And grossly underpaid, as well.

  5. I opened his chuck-hole the other night to tell him his water was on and he just stared at me like I wasn't even there.

  6. Anon- He seems to come and go with the tides.