Dear God, Help me
- 10Sep 30, '12 by artsmomI just listened to this for 12 hours- almost literally non-stop. I just felt the urge to put it in an online forum full of nurses who may sympathize with my numb brain. God Bless Alzheimer's.
- 8Sep 30, '12 by LTCNSQuote from artsmomAwwww LOL! Bless his/her heart I completely understand what you're talking about. It's so hard to listen to repetitive yelling out all day, everyday. I just remind myself he/she can't help it. Besides, I say Dear God, Help Me over and over everyday myselfI just listened to this for 12 hours- almost literally non-stop. I just felt the urge to put it in an online forum full of nurses who may sympathize with my numb brain. God Bless Alzheimer's.
- 4Oct 1, '12 by artsmomQuote from NurseCardLol. Poor thing. At least with Alzheimer's everything is forgivable. But, oy, my brain was burnt out yesterday!!At least you don't have someone yelling "Blue Cross! Blue Shield! Blue Cross! Blue Shield!" over andover again. =)
- 6Oct 1, '12 by ktwlpnIsn't it weird how that environment effects us? I am starting to have trouble running errands right after my shift.I'm so over- stimulated that by the time I get to a checkout counter I have trouble following instructions for swiping my credit card. It's making me really look closely at the environment during the shift and looking for creative ways to calm things down to help the residents stay calm,too.A co-worker put on an Elvis cd one morning last week and had one of our residents practically howling by the time it was finally turned off...
- 25Oct 1, '12 by CT Pixie, ASN, RNWhen I was a CNA I had an Alzheimer's patient who would wail at the top of her lungs..."ohhhh God!, please help me!"..."ohhh God, just one word from you and I will be able to sleep peacefully..". She would go on and on for hours doing this...didn't matter where she was, and only at night when it was quiet. One night in particular, she was really off the wall..screaming that out, driving her demented room mate into a tizzy. This roommate also had a particular habit of yelling out..."yeeaahhhh, yeahhhh" said in a very thick Southern accent. So you'd hear "ohhhh Lord!".."yeaahhh! yeaaah!" Then those two would set off the whole wing...you know how that goes.
We tried toileting them, giving them a snack and juice, getting them up and putting them in a quiet area, having them sit with us..it was worse when they were OOB, so back to bed they went. The "ohhh God" and "yeah! yeah!" kept on. Finally one of our nurses had had enough and grabbed the call system and clicked on their room. He very calmly, gently, and softly said "Christine**...This is God...go to sleep". She fell silent. We were all amazed..and then we hear "Yeah!". Both of them uttered not a peep after that last "yeah" but the entire nursing station roared with laughs.
It became habit, after Christine went to bed, and would start with her "oh God", someone would pick up the call system and say "Christine, this is God, go to sleep". And she would every time and slept soundly all night. It seemed that she just needed reassurance from Him that it was ok to go to sleep.
(**name changed for privacy)
- 3Oct 1, '12 by LTCNSCT Pixie, that is such a cute story but I am sitting here with tears rolling down my face imagining a little old lady begging for God to tell her it was okay to go to sleep. It takes some very creative thinking to come up with ways to redirect an agitated Alzheimer's patient and it sounds like you had a good team to work with. Kudos to all of you for coming up with a plan that worked.