My Time As A Hospice CNA

I worked as a hospice CNA. for thirteen years and during those years I have seen and experience a number of things and I would like to share some of those today.

I loved my job as a hospice CNA. I thought of it a blessed opportunity to be able to try and comfort someone at the end of their life and not only the patients but to their loved ones also I never thought of working in any other area of patient care.

My job includes not only taking care of there daily needs but sometimes I would have to be the counselor a prayer partner a comforter because these people knew there were going to die and some were not prepared and were very afraid.

Sometimes when a couple who have been living together for 40 years and more, and one was dying and leaving their partner and the one that was going to be left was at a lost., as it seems impossible to live without them.

And then there are children dying and leaving their parents, I think this is the hardest situation to deal with, How do you comfort a mother who has lost her child? What can you say to her that will give her peace?

Sometimes you can only hug and hold her while she cries her heart out. As a mother myself, I don’t think anything could comfort me. And I would not want to go through that.

Then there are those patients who are suffering so much and there is nothing you can do. In this situation, I tend to feel helpless.

Taking care of these patients could be heartbreaking and sometimes I had to muster up some strength to keep my emotions in check

There are patient in the final stages of cancer these patients seem to be in the worst pain and nothing seems able to ease the pain and discomfort, sometimes they are in so much pain there is nothing to do but to administer strong medication to assist them to sleep.

Another terrible disease is Lou Gehrig’s disease(ALS) The nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control movement stop functioning. The condition leads to paralysis, and patients eventually cannot breathe or swallow on their own

There was this beautiful young woman married with two daughters ages of about 10 and 8 she had contracted the disease she could not move on her own or talk she could only look at you she could not make her needs to be known

You would have to be wondering if was she in pain was she comfortable there was no facial expression I remember one day I went to check on her and I removed her bed covers to check if she needed changing and I saw the toes on one  her feet were turned up so I knew she  was having a muscle spasm and I thought to my self she was in so much pain and not able to ask for help.

There were so many other cases that were heart-wrenching like a 27-year-old young man died from sclerosis of the liver I was told he had been consuming alcohol from age 12 his parents were devastated

There were people with lung cancer fighting to breathe and we would try everything we knew how and there was just nothing you could but watch then and all this time fighting to keep your emotions in check because you can’t break you have to be strong their family members needed you to be strong

I have left out all the gory details there is so much more but I have been retired now for 5 years and writing this article I can feel the sadness and the feeling of hopelessness again and I am once again trying to keep my emotions in check.

Would you be a hospice nurse? If not then why not and if you would why would you please respond ask questions I will try and answer just leave your comments and questions below.

Thank you so much for reading my post and do stop by again.

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Ways to Keep Lungs Healthy —Maintaining good health

ways to keep the lungs healthy
ways to keep lungs healthy

The lungs are an essential respiratory organ, located on either side of the heart. Their main function is to transport oxygen from the atmosphere into the bloodstream and to release carbon dioxide from the bloodstream into the atmosphere.

The body’s cells need the oxygen to work and grow. So it is important that we keep our lungs healthy.

The body has a natural defense system designed to protect the lungs. This works very well most of the time, keeping out dirt and fighting off germs.

However several harmful substances can damage the airways and threaten the lungs’ ability to work properly, which can lead to lung disease.

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Review for Great Lakes Gelatin (Collagen Hydrolysate)

Great Lakes Gelatin, Collegen Hydrolysate

Great Lakes Gelatin, Collagen Hydrolysate, Unflavored Beef Protein, Kosher,
Great Lakes Gelatin, Collagen Hydrolysate, Unflavored Beef Protein, Kosher,

What is Collagen?

according to Healthline

Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body, accounting for about a third of its protein composition.

It’s one of the major building blocks of bones, skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Collagen is also found in many other body parts, including blood vessels, corneas and teeth.

You can think of it as the “glue” that holds all these things together. In fact, the word comes from the Greek word “kólla,” which means glue.

What Does It Do in Your Body?

There are at least 16 types of collagen. The four main types are type I, II, III and IV (1Trusted Source).

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Chronic lung diseases– Maintaining Good health

Chronic lung diseases

I worked as a  CNA for a number of years, before retirement and during my time working in the field, I have come across a number of elderly people suffering from different types of chronic lung disease.

It was very painful for me to watch them laboring to breathe  even with the aid of oxygen in some cases and it was still very difficult,

So I think we should look at some of these chronic lung diseases and their causes and what we could do to prevent them in our effort in maintaining good health.

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The Cuisinart MSC-600- Slower cooker review

Cuisinart MSC-600 3-In-1 Cook Central 6-Quart Multi-Cooker: Slow Cooker, Brown/Saute, Steamer
Cuisinart MSC-600 3-In-1 Cook Central 6-Quart Multi-Cooker: Slow Cooker, Brown/Saute, Steamer

The Cuisinart MSC-600-Slower cooker review

The slow cooker also known as a crock pot is a countertop electrical appliance used to simmer at a lower temperature than other cooking methods, such as baking boiling and frying.

Because of this, there is no need to constantly attending to this pot.

The crockpot is used to cook a variety of dishes soups, stews, pot roast beverages, desserts, and dips.

Because of the method cooking is more healthy there are no needs to use oils and fats you can also use cheaper cuts of meat and because it is cooked slowly it comes out tender.

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Herbs for health and healing — maintaining Good Health and Wellness.

Herbs helps to keep us health
Herbs for health and healing

Herbs for health and healing

In my search for maintaining good health naturally, I found information on herbs that are good for not only maintaining good health but also for healing.

There are so many herbs for health and healing and in this post, we will be looking at some of these herbs.

Some of them are common and some not so common but the good thing is there are supplements if we cannot the get herbs itself.

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