March 27, 2015

Conversations with...

My residents

*All names have been changed to protect their privacy*

My new job as a CMA in an assisted living facility for seniors gives me plenty of time to spend time with people up to 3 times my age. They have some pretty neat stories to tell, but they can also say some hilarious things too.

Jerry rolls out of his room and into the common area, which is unusual for him to do other than meal times. 

Me: Jerry, whatcha doin' out here?

Jerry: Well, I thought I'd come out here and sit a minute.

Me: That's nice. Why don't you go hang out with Regina and Kate, they are watching TV right now.

Jerry: Naw, I'll just sit right here and listen so I can catch up on the gossip.

Me: Gossip, huh?

Jerry: Yep. But you know what?

Me: What's that?

Jerry: The womenfolk around here don't gossip enough for my liking. *chuckles*

Me: *trying to stifle my laughter* Well I'll see if I can stir things up for you then.

Part of my job is passing out the resident's medicines. Most of the time they are pretty good about taking them, and sometimes we get little situations like this:

Nadine, my administrator, hands Iris her little cup of pills and a glass of Koolaid. (they LOVE Koolaid)

Nadine: Here you go Miss Iris.

Iris scrunches up her nose and just sits there pouting.

Nadine: I know, but you gotta take them.

Iris still doesn't move.

Nadine: *in a joking manor* You better take those or I'll stick you back in the shower!

Iris: If you do I'll kick your ass!

Nadine: I'd like to see you try!

Iris laughs and takes her meds.

Again, I'm trying really really hard to stifle my laughter.

Gold mine. My work is a gold mine I tell you! The more time I spend with my residents, the more I get to know them. I know I should try not to get attached, but it's really hard not to.

Now I want to introduce you to my two lovely co-hosts this month, Christine from The So-Called Homemaker, and Melissa from The Rambling Llama!

Share your conversations with us!

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