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"I about wet my depends"!

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jaelpn is a LPN.

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There is never a dull moment at the 'round table' ...

"I about wet my depends"!

... a few men and women who sit around this table at night laughing, joking and filling up that void of silence that comes along with living away from home. Some sit by the bird aviary to ponder, some sit silently in the breezeway watching the leaves fall. This group gets together most nights to just get a kick out of life.

Let me begin to share my story...

This is no ordinary place- this is a place where miracles can come true. This is an assisted living that is devoted to also having a specialized memory care unit. Most of the ones I am working with have a touch of dementia.

When that moon is full and rising, a lot stirs up. I, the nurse, suddenly become someone else's mother. I'm the distant cousin that they haven't seen in ages.

I'll tell ya something though- old men and women get a kick out of the funniest of stuff. They no longer have the filter of dignity. *Mr Johns will answer his door buck-naked. He says "ain't no body gonna care if a 90 year old is bare-assed."

The other night I was the most mortified in a while.

I go in to check one of my male resident's scheduled BP's. and he just so happens to cop a feel of my breast in his hand and ask me how big I am. My face turned red, I was so embarrassed I walked out.

Fifteen minutes later the cna is saying Mr. so and so wants to talk to you.

I'm nervous and yet I poke my head in, and he said he apologizes...please don't tell anyone, I get a pension to living here, my cats will get euthanized, I will have to go to a nursing home.....

Oh, Mister, if only you knew about the little ol lady that likes to goose me when I'm doing my med pass. As a nurse, I know it's just common for those older women and men to like to expose themselves and each other. No biggie- life is more than who's boobs are bigger, or saggier.

Life is about the moments to cherish in these last years. The friendships that bond, the moment where we no longer see the aged marks but cherish the beauty within.

One night this resident was getting aggravated with this "crazy" lady so she goes into her room to lock the lady out. The roommate walks through the other room and stands behind the lady who locked the door and she asked, Who are we looking for?

And the lady who was trying to lock out the "crazy" lady was like I sure don't know but she sure is gone now!" ... we all laughed because she couldn't remember she was locking her dear old roommate out and she entered the other way.

I hear the nightly table just laughing about all the good times they had when they were younger. All the dances they would get into, the mischief. They start rolling out with laughter and one lady said ooohhh wee, I better stop all this giggling, I think I just wet my depends!"

LPN; Specialty: Skilled geriatric nursing care

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As an AL nurse myself, I say "BRAVO!!" for this well-written, funny, and tender look at our Greatest Generation. THANK YOU!!

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Too funny, I always say murses should write books on all the funny stuff we see and hear!

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Oh how I remember sharing those hilarious stories with my colleagues. I miss that part of my life. This is one of the reasons why I am on Allnurses.com. This website helps me remember, to get a laugh, to reminisce, to learn a lot and oh so much more.

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I absolutely loved your article. Thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful caring story. It is just one more reminder of why we subject ourselves to the daily grind. I love my little old folks :)

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