Yesterday I worked a long day. I worked my normal shift of 6am-2pm, but then cover most of the next shift since the other gal was sick, or possibly her husband who's suffering with cancer. No big deal, yes a long day, but the evenings are so much more layed back than the mornings tend to be. And I only had to work till 8pm or 8:30.
I have to so I'm so much more greatful and have greater respect for some of the residents I work with after last night. One lady in particular taught me a lot.
I previously hadn't had much opportunity to get to know her. She isn't one who comes out often, and doesn't really participate in activities. So unlike most of my residents, I don't get as many opportunities for small conversations.
Generally I don't assist with showers, as most who need assistance shower in the evening, but since I was filling in for the other aid, it was my turn to help. I wasn't sure how either of the two were going to feeling, having someone different helping them. But neither seemed to mind.
The second shower though, did take a bit longer, and gave me opportunity to learn more about a neat lady. She shared with me some of her health struggles over the past few years, most of which we a bit of unusual health issues, so it gave me a great opportunity to gain more knowledge.
She also shared about her husband, and the kind of man he was. How he was a man everyone loved, and when he was working in schools, all anyone had to do was follow the laughter as he was a man who never ran out of jokes.
And when she was almost through she glanced at the clock to apologize for keeping me longer. I told her it was no problem, I had plenty of time. As this was such a uniquic opportunity to really didn't want her to feel rushed.
She was truly grateful, but last night and today again. And I love the fact I was given an opportunity to connect with another of my residents and to really help make a difference in their lives. That's what my job is all about.
And that's the heart of Christ.
I don't know who said this quote, but it is one of my favorites. "Be the change YOU want to see in the world."
What an amazing long night!