I'm titling this post "Aging - I" because I have a feeling that there will be some sequels . . .
I spend a lot of time with elderly people. The ones I call "my" people because they are members of my church, or friends of my members.
In the past year or so, they have welcomed me into:
a somewhat worn and basic, albeit clean and friendly, nursing home
a much more attractive nursing home
assisted living apartments and their associated nursing and dementia and rehab units
the local hospice facility in the country
the hospice facility on Lake Erie with its spectacular views
intensive care units in three cities
emergency and pre-op rooms
hospital rooms in four cities
a mental health ward in another city
homes all over the place in which people are recovering from all of the above (except hospice, of course).
Two of my people died while I was with them; three others within a couple of days of my last visit.
Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit a new baby and her mom and their four cats. They're all beautiful and the mom is SO excited about her baby and her family's new life. I could see that she is already a GREAT mom.
All connected. More on another day.