Saturday, September 23, 2006

i love neko case

what an amazing voice. i could listen to her sing anything.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

yummy autumn soup

I made this up last night and it is really good.

oil for sauteing
a few garlic cloves minced
1 large sweet onion, chopped
2 red garnet yams peeled and chopped
1 large sweet potato peeled and chopped
1 acorn squash, seeded, peeled and chopped
1 box organic vegetable broth
water needed
2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
2 cans lentils, rinsed and drained (dry would be easy, I just happened to have these)
1 28 oz can chopped tomatoes (with juice)
1 can coconut milk
yellow curry powder
salt and pepper
splash Bragg's liquid aminos

In soup pot saute onions and garlic in oil until translucent. Add yams and sweet potato and stir. Let cook for a few more minutes. Add broth and squash. Add tomatoes and liquid. Add curry. Add water if needed. Let cook for a while. Add beans and lentils. Add coconut milk. Season with salt, pepper, and Bragg's to taste.

Friday, September 01, 2006

sickness and death

We had an interesting conversation at work tonight. It started with discussing one of our patients that is a woman in her late 40's in the end stages of Huntington's Disease. She has a sister that lives in the area that I have seen once in my three years working here. Another woman in her late 40's has an early-onset form of Parkinson's Disease. Her husband visits daily, but her two children from a previous marriage rarely visit. While I felt it was sad that their family doesn't come in, a coworker stated that a lot of people don't want to remember their loved ones in these kind of conditions, and as long as they're being provided for, who's to say who's right and who's wrong. It seems selfish to me to not spend time with a person because you don't want to remember them as sick, dying, confused, paralyzed, incontinent, unable to feed themselves, etc. What about the person who is sick, certainly they are suffering more than the healthy person? They do benefit from having a loved one visit them, even when they can't talk, or remember who the person is. I think the emotional benefit to the person in the nursing home is more important than the family on the outside who doesn't want to remember them that way, but rather, the way they were. It's hard even for me when I have patients I've been attached to and spent time talking with, to see them in the dying process. But I don't remember them that way, I remember them the way they were, but I also remember the time I spent next to them when they were dying. I'm glad I was there holding their hand, so they knew they weren't alone as they died. They didnt understand the point I was trying to make, and just looked at me as if I were crazy. Which I guess I am used to by now. Especially from people who use the argument "who's to say who's right and who's wrong anyways?" Why not just come out and say there is no right and wrong. Certainly most people have some sense of right and wrong, such as, it's wrong to kill people. I think most people agree on that. But then, they disagree on abortion, assisted suicide, prolonging life, etc. Yes, it is good to provide for a sick loved one that lives in a nursing home, to buy them clothes and pay bills. I just think that to not visit someone because you'd rather remember them as healty than as sick and/or dying is rather selfish. They are still alive, and would benenfit from your presence. It's hard to see, yes, but it's not you in that bed. It seemed a much more simple comment than it was, I had no idea the response I would get. It's not like arguing about Terri Schiavo or the assisted suicide laws in Oregon, and I certainly know not to bring up anything about the middle east with a certain person. But visiting people in a nursing home? Ok, maybe I'm just full of complaints after a long and hard night at work. I'm just grateful to God that I don't have any family or friends that are ill enough to be in a nursing home. I love my job.
(one more update, I just remembered that September 1st makes 3 years I've been working at this nursing facility, my, how quickly time goes by!)