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