I even started leaving some of the mess I made out, broken dishes would lie on the kitchen floor, and books would lie all over the lounge, she either
“401, ambulance crew needed...” I deciphered those words too many times through the static of the dispatch system. “... for an 89 year old female who fell.” As per routine, I drop everything and ran to the boisterous ambulance.
Before the sun is up, a woman is scrambling around her house, searching for a clean dress to wear. It has not rained the last few days, so she has had to cut her shower to only three minutes and hasn’t been able to do the laundry that has started to pile up. The woman finds the proper outfit — a blue, floor-length dress and a white bonnet that she ties under her chin. She peeks out of her bedroom window, the first burst of sunlight now streaking across the black water.
CCIB LPA Perryman-French received a call from Elizabeth. Her mother Lupe DeGennaro (DOB 05/29/34) was in this facility from 08/15/15 to 09/19/15. Elizabeth moved her to another location and the administrator of that location told her to call CCL. The entire time her mother was in this facility she was strapped to her wheelchair with a cloth strap because she would get up and try to walk around the house. (Lupe is a fall risk, so Elizabeth did not know this was not legal).
The impact of the hit had paralyzed her, at that moment Winnie knew that nothing was going to be the same. Ever again. A few weeks later Lennon was discharged from the hospital. Winnie carefully wheeled her into the vacant elevator and down the hall where she had been so nervous and now it all seemed like a
I woke up on an especially cool winter morning and looked over to my mother’s side of the bed. She was not there, I knew that, but I secretly wished she was. I swung my legs off the bedside and rushed to the bathroom to brush my teeth and get myself ready for school. This was a typical morning for me.
The windows were barred and tinted, so a passerby could not see anything from the outside. The previous owner of the space had been assaulted and robbed, so Rhonda always kept the door locked. For years, Rhonda was the only employee at the salon. She would wash and style six to eight women’s hair every night.
My Dad was a sergeant in the Marines and my mom was a SK3 meaning she was a third class store keeper, which is part of supply for the Navy. The Marines don’t play games which meant my dad didn’t either. “Do this” meant “do this” and it better be right or you’ll be doing it till is it right. Cleaning my room was the same as a field day for the Marines.
I had a clinical day at the rehabilitation unit at the University of Utah hospital. There was a situation that challenged my therapeutic communication skills. The client was a 24-year old female who was wheeling around in her wheelchair when the nurses were gathering for shift change. I walked into the unit and was waiting to be assigned to a nurse for the day near the front of the unit. This is when the client wheeled up to me, asked who I was, and stated she was having a difficult morning.
Strong winds from the east pulled across the land, bringing dust with it. The grasses flickered in the gusts and filtered the dust. A light dusty haze laid atop the flat horizon that encircled and surrounded the land. Nothing could be seen for miles and for miles. The land and the blue above were infinite.
“Clothes” by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is about Sumita and her arranged marriage. All of her friends in India are jealous of her because she gets to start her new married life in with a man that lives in America. The possibilities are endless in America, right? Sumita moves to America to live with her newly-arranged husband, Somesh. Somesh lives with his parents and through out sometime of getting to know him and being married to him, she slowly starts to fall in love.
Obstacles can be challenging, and difficult, but people can overcome them by never giving up, always trying their best, and surrounding themselves with families and friends. Two stories that I have read that show adversity are “A Work in Progress” by Aimee Mullins which is about a little girl losing her leg. The other story I read is “So Far From the Bamboo Grove” by Yoko Kawashima Watkins about a little girl that has to leave her home because of war and has very big obstacles to overcome. Aimee Mullins and the Kawashimas both face obstacles that include losing family members, walking very far in intense weather, and people doubting you and trying to stop you. In the end they all make it through the the challenges mentally and physically.
I have not been able to participate in athletics nearly as much as I would have liked. I started running track in the spring of my seventh grade year. I performed surprisingly well and decided to participate in cross country the next fall. I spent the summer training and preparing for the season, and it definitely showed. I ran in the varsity race for my first cross country meet ever.