Almost finished with First Coffee and then will have Second Coffee.
We had two more deaths yesterday; at 1550 at the edge of our territory north and then at 1858 at the other end. I stayed with the wives of both men until the mortuary got there. The first wife and her daughter talked about the patient and told me lots of funny stories. This couple was a kick in the pants. They built their own beautiful home together and she had the most beautiful yard that regularly won on the annual Garden Tours.
The 2nd one the social worker had gotten there first for a check on the wife and she called me because the husband had just died. After I did the post-mortum care, we three sat out in the front yard in the nice cool evening air. The wife regaled us with stories about her husband. He was quite a local celeb of sorts, artist, musician, song-writer. Their home is adorned with his paintings and her photography. However, their house was dilapidated, very messy, kinda smelly, and when I went to empty the foley in the bathroom . . . well, let's just say I was glad I didn't have to pee. But they loved each other just like the first couple. And it is interesting because her stories included them taking in homeless people, regularly inviting the PCT hikers to stay with them, and I could tell their backyard was once lovely and had a pool. I think as they aged, they must have simply let things go in their home and yard. He was only recently diagnosed with his terminal illness and they'd been busy in the community and have so many friends. As exhausted as I was, I'm glad I stayed.
Ted - I totally misunderstood your original on-call post. I was thinking you were losing about $500 of hourly call time. . .that you got paid beaucoup bucks or a highly hourly on call wage. I didn't see that the money you lost would be regular time hours. We make $6/hr to be on all for hospice. Then if we get called in for a patient death or a patient/family needs us, we make time and a half. As hospice, they can't NOT pay us to take call. And we can't say we'll be on call but with no pay. But, we are hospice and that's different that in the hospital.
Thanks Tweety for your explanation as well. Helped clear my head.
My goal today is to pay bills. Yesterday was payday and I only managed to pay one bill before I got called out yesterday. Plus, I've always got my yard to work on and I'm starting my "company-clean" house cleaning for the annual Cousins' picnic. One small step at a time.
herring - love your neighbor stories. I'd like to see that FB page!
Enjoy your weekend everyone.