December 24, 2021

She said, “Today is Christmas.”

When she said, "Today is Christmas" I hadn't asked her to recite any facts related to the Gregorian calendar or traditions of Christianity and I wasn't conducting a cognitive test of her orientation to time. When she said, "Today is Christmas" it wasn't a response to an inquiry with that three word sentence as an answer choice. She spoke those words into the phone after I stated the purpose for my call which was to establish a line of communication between doctor and homecare agency so that I could treat a disease and reduce a side effect.
August 15, 2021

The Sleepover for Two

You see they don't live together so it’s not the effortlessness of walking into another room. This isn't the quotidian interactions of cohabitation, and neither is it a convenient stop-by on the way home from work. This mother-daughter interaction was regular, intentional and special.
May 1, 2021

Reliving Reviewing

ensuring the fact that the future has to change for caring for elders. that’s the sign off.
January 4, 2021

Nine Days

And then it all went quiet. For her entire life she had two parents, Mr. and Mrs., except for the nine days when she only had one and then they were both gone.
June 6, 2020

Washing My Hands to Finally See My Grandparents

He said, “I should always wash my hands this way to kill germs.” He said, “Sing happy birthday 2 times slowly while you wash your hands. You should not be finished before then."
June 4, 2020

Only One Patient

Working for years as a home care physical therapist can get monotonous at times. The energy required to be positive, empathetic, energetic and an agent of positive change in people’s lives can be difficult to summon and can be draining.