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As my grandma used to say…

“Work and worry.” My client is in his mid-80’s and has had a stroke. He was a WWII Navy pilot who flew missions in India primarily. He was some sort of engineer who started his own business in a relatively small town in northern Illinois; one of his sons now runs the business. His wife is still living; she has advanced Alzheimer’s dementia.

My first day of work was a mixed bag. Mornings tend to be hectic. I got him out of bed shortly after I arrived. We went through the bathroom routine — toilet, showering/shampooing, shaving, brushing teeth, and putting on a new set of clothes. The entire process took me/us about 45 minutes to complete. He got a little frustrated with me and mentioned something about me being inexperienced; this didn’t faze me for long.

Afterward, his wife and he ate breakfast then rested until 11:00 AM, at which time it was time for he and I to do his morning physical training exercises. This guy works out two to three times a day, seven days a week! Personally, I’d get a little burned out, but that is the schedule he is on. PT went much better than the morning bathroom routine, I think because I feel more comfortable and able doing PT and because the lady who helps his wife let me in on a little secret. My client responds well to authority. Any sign of weakness is interpreted by him as, well, a sign of weakness…something to be exploited. I’m learning quickly about this part of the job.

After lunch, he and his wife retired to the den to rest some more, then I put him down to nap on the couch. Did my report and then clocked out. That filled up 4 hours worth of work.

Incidentally, I was supposed to work from 3:00 – 8:00 PM tomorrow, but I found out earlier today that I will be working from 8:30 AM – 8:00 PM. Eleven and a half hours (not including an hour round trip travel time that is compensated for). I’m actually looking forward to it, and to the extra $$$ that I will be making.

Suppose it is time to go to bed. It’s almost 11:30 PM. 6:00 AM will be here soon enough.

Best wishes…


PS  Thanks for the quote grandma. Hopefully, I will be doing more of the former and not so much of the latter!  😉

“Okay, Rod, I hear we have something special for the…

next contestant on The Price is Right.”

“We certainly do, Bob!”

“Well, please tell us what the next prize is for our nice young, soon to be middle-aged, man”.

“Okay, Bob, I will! Edwin, we have something for you that you’ve been waiting a long time for. Brace yourself, Edwin, while two of our Barker’s Beauties show you the next prize on ‘The Price Is Right’. And, here it is, rolling its way onto our stage. It’s…


Yep, I got a new job! I will be a personal assistant to an elderly, male stroke victim. Finally, a job! Yipee! I don’t necessarily like that this man had a stroke, but I am happy about having the job. Elated actually. He has a wife who has Alzheimer’s Disease, but she has her own PA. I may have to spend some time alone with both of them but not long, and the agency I’m working for (Home Instead) will provide me with training on how to handle Alzheimer’s clients in general (and this one, specifically).

It just feels damn good to be working again. It’s been well over a year since my last job, and not working (whether or not one has a mental disorder) can be somewhat depressing. And, besides the little boost in self-esteem, the paycheck will be nice.

Orientation is next Tuesday from 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM. I should begin work shortly afterward (possibly the next day). A little nervous but nothing out of the ordinary…the good kind of nervous. I’m really looking forward to it!

Best wishes to all…


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