Thursday, September 26, 2013
Hello everyone! It has been a difficult week or two and I just needed to talk about it.
On the 21st my daughter turned 39 years old-yikes! Where has the time gone? That night at work, one of our clients died on the patio. It was horrible! He was only 50 years old. I checked on him at 2 am, and he was reading a magazine on the patio. At 2:30 am, he went to the kitchen and got hot water for his cup of soup, and while waiting for it to cool, he stepped out on the patio. Another client had gotten up and tried to open the patio door, he was lying on the other side of door unconscious. The other client motioned to me to come back there and to hurry. I tried to get the door open and he was blocking it. I called his name 2 or 3 times and got no response. I yelled for my co worker to come and he pushed the door open and started CPR while I called 911. The coworker was great and worked on him until the fire department got there. They worked on him another 50 minutes or more, then finally pronounced him dead.
They covered him up and left him on the patio until the coroner could get there. It was about an hour. Meanwhile, we called our boss and the inspector, and just waited until someone could get there while he lay dead on the patio.
It was very traumatic. I had to get in his locker and gather all his medications and personal property together for the coroner, and then bag up all his clothes and other items for his family. His car is still in the parking lot, waiting for his family to come get it.
The client that found him, was naturally, very upset. We called the Chaplain and he spoke to him in the morning.
I have to go to a hearing this morning to retell everything that happened that night. Then I go back to work tonight. We have to check on the clients every hour and record where they are and what they are doing. At night, we just check to make sure they are breathing. The job has not been the same since. I really hold my breath when I check on them until I see their chest rise and fall, or hear them breathing.
I know I'll get over it, but right now it is hard and I just need to talk about it. It really makes you re evaluate your life. I have not been doing anything since I had cancer last year, and I think it's time I start really living again. Life is too short, and you never know when it will be your time to go.