The Smallest Act of Kindness - page 2

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Recently, while rounding on one of my patients, I noticed she seemed quieter than usual, so I sat down beside her and began not with a traditional physical exam but with the simple question “What are you thinking about this... Read More


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    Absolutely heart-warming, a good lesson for any one in the caring profession. Regards Andy RN. UK.
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    What a beautiful thing to do and how fortunate that you could watch the little ripples start from your act of kindness.
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    A very sweet story and well-written article. Thank you for sharing this.

    Years ago, I had a wall-hanging that said 'If you see someone without a smile, give him one of yours'. And I have tried to keep this philosophy in my heart. I have tried to keep an up-beat facade even in times of deep depression, because the reflected smiles and pleasant remarks often lighten my own load.

    And when I did home health, I tried to find inexpensive ways to brighten my truly shut-ins' lives. A few pieces of fresh fruit off of the local produce truck went a long way to cheer up some people. Clear plastic shoeboxes to hold their medications served multiple purposes, especially in homes that had multi-legged uninvited company. Some bright hair ties cheered up some women. It is fun to find ways to bring some small happinesses to others!

    The other side of this is that entire 'control' issue. When I was hospitalized last year, I wore my own clothes except during certain procedures. T-shirts and pj bottoms sure confused a lot of people! But I was very comfortable and able to sleep much better. We need to allow patients as much control as possible in their out-of control times!

    Again, thanks for this article.
    Last edit by merlee on Apr 13, '12 : Reason: pnctuation
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    This seems like a good place to share this video:

    Old Man In Nursing Home Reacts To Hearing Music From His Era - YouTube

    You never know how something that seems so small might mean the whole world to someone else.
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    Quote from brillohead
    This seems like a good place to share this video:

    Old Man In Nursing Home Reacts To Hearing Music From His Era - YouTube

    You never know how something that seems so small might mean the whole world to someone else.
    Thanks for posting that brillohead

    Moments like those are the reason I love working with the elderly. I once saw our activities person gather a small group of residents with advanced dementia in a circle in their recliner chairs and start batting a balloon towards them. The reaction of one of the ladies astonished me - her face lit up and she started trying to hit the balloon back. I was amazed, this was a lady that I would have thought was totally incapable of doing something like that.

    I wasn't inexperienced (or jaded) when I saw this, I'd been working with people with dementia for a long time but even so, it brought tears to my eyes, gave me a big jolt and taught me a huge lesson. Of course it didn't change anything, it didn't take the dementia away or fix any of the other issues this lady had but for a little while, she was smiling and enjoying something.

    As other staff members walked past on their way to do something, they had the same reaction. Each one of them stopped in their tracks and stared and I wasn't the only one to have a tear in my eye. I don't think any of us had ever seen her smile before.
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    I'm doing a rotation in an assisted living facility right now, and one of the activities we did for "exercise time" was sit everyone in a big circle (chairs or wheelchairs, all could participate) and kick around those huge bouncy balls that you get at the grocery store. They're colorful (one had Mickey Mouse on it!) and lightweight and large enough (approx 15" in diameter) that you didn't have to have perfect eyesight or hand-eye coordination (or rather, hand-foot coordination) to make contact, and there was no "goal" in mind (like directing it to a particular person or area) so nobody had a "bad kick". There were a handful of nursing students (ages 20s-40s) participating as well, and we were all enjoying it as much as everyone else.
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    I am so glad I read this post. You have just made my day and gave me what I needed to get through issue's at this time. I needed a reminder of why I chose this profession and it help's to see others that still feel it too! I have had patients in same need of compassion and a little pick-me up too however where I currently work we are not allowed of course to buy, lend, or give patients 'gifts' etc. In fact was threatened to be immediate termination for it. But I march to the beat of my own drum! By the way wanted to ask permission to steal a copy of the quote you use by MY ALL TIME FAV Author!! Dean Koontz will always be next to my bed at night!! Thank you!!
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    Such a heart-warming story! Thank you for sharing, and for being such an awesome nurse
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    Wow, thank you for sharing your story. It is very impressive!!!


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