Lost in Bed: Transitioning into an Adult Care Facility

Reasons for Alarms / Gifted / Instrumental Block
The Noise You Now Know Beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, beep, beep … x1,000 It sounds like a billion desperation crickets getting murdered by thoroughly dedicated meth heads! Anytime my roommate opens, accesses, and / or utilizes the restroom .. the door alarm beeps and blares…...
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Off My Rocker, On the Mic
Sing Sing Maybe ten days ago Angela came hustling outside into the courtyard (intentions unknown) as Dora and I sat shaded in the grass (her wheelchair, my geri-chair being semi-adjacent to each other). You remember Dora, right? She's the 87-year-old who mostly says things I cannot quite...
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Guest Appearances Can Be Deceiving / A Quiet Room Without a View
Seeing Her Face First She drove past me, but I didn't quite see her. The car looked familiar enough, though. A dirty and dusted deep red, which is not unusual here in the desert. Meanwhile, I was parked in my teal and tan geriatric cart underneath a palm tree in front of the building, the...
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Pain in Mind / Rage and Comforting  / Athletic Prowess / Learning Church
Because I've been experiencing physical (pain-related) issues, my recent free time has been more dedicated towards coping with the discomfort, rather than taking part in creative pursuits. There's nothing terrible happening here, but there's a fair amount of "ugly" embedded within my writing...
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I'm a Winner! Neurogastroenterologist / New Gang Members / Sunday Blues
Free Space Yes, my brand new plan, my all-new scheme to acquire free goods.. is working! Today I won a single serving container of cinnamon applesauce by participating in a cutthroat competition versus a posse of wily oldsters. The name of the game? B-I-N-G-O! And I was victorious in the very...
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Outright Failures and Epic Solutions / Social Eyes Upon Me / Wax Nostalgic
B12 or B52? I got totally crazy here at the nursing home Sunday evening… thought I might try the B12 drops I purchased back in December. Really, I decided to tempt fate in a fit of desperation, seeking out a means to (eventually and possibly) resolve my intestinal disorder. Previously, B12...
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Duration of the Heavy Head / D-lightful / Wound Care
(Tuesday) 20 Minutes That's the total amount of time I spent supporting the weight of my very own (heavy) head today. In comparison, my historic Daily Head Support Average (over the past seven years) equals two minutes or so. And that involves utilizing the commode. Beyond that encouraging...
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Sonic Surcease / Pain Management / Flummoxed Flora
Two Weeks Ago Screaming bloody chaos from across the hall as the "Oh God" Woman further disintegrates. Any time a family member appears she performs an enhanced act worthy of an Oscar. Or, a Tony. And yes, she used to be famous and well regarded, but now she suffers often and out loud...
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How Did I Get Here? / Diagnostic Failure (Take 337) -
Nothing to See Here Well yeah, there may be something wrong with me (after having decidedly failed the EMG / Nerve Conduction Study two weeks ago…), but that "something" remains a mystery. I am now being sent to a neuromuscular specialist to have a muscle biopsy performed. And here's the funny...
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Incessant Light / Downgrading on a Sharp Curve
This is The Way of The Weary I smiled and waved to my all-new roommate as Betsy wheeled me past him. He smiled, too. Great start, right? Then he asked Betsy for the television remote control, the one for the lone television in the room. Ugh! "I like to watch television. MeTV. I don't sleep at...
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Improved Me / Warm Regards / Mattress Matters
Notable, not Quotable (Tuesday) When I wake up in the morning these days everything is fairly decent, everything's pretty darned good for me. I no longer feel as though I am poisoned, my body really doesn't ache much at all, and I am no longer dreading the repercussions of any and all physical...
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Diagnosis (there is really something wrong with me) - Pfizer Booster Reaction
Diagnosis Okay then. And yes people, there is officially something wrong with me. It's not all in my head. I'm not imagining this entire illness. Seriously. The neurologist has made determinations. Medical determinations based upon tried-and-true medical knowledge acquired through years of...
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PEM-Free! / More Than Tardy / Pull
The Best Batch Yet I'd like to share some good news with you. Is that alright? As a matter of fact, this news is super good! That's several standard deviations above "normal" good news. So let's get to it, shall we? Content Warning! - The following paragraphs utilize the word "commode" - so if...
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Undermanned, On Demand / The Great Valentine's Day Mascara
Hostility Towards the Opposition I think it's Monday evening. Whatever evening Valentine's Day falls upon. Right now I am considering my options. Tonight's CNA is angry. Clearly she is. How do I know this? After having pushed the help button, she came barreling into my room soon thereafter with...
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Those are the Brakes / Hu are You? / No Solo Contendo / Keeping Tablets
Warning: This is an extra-long super expanded edition - many words were used in the making of this blog entry! Warning #2: Howard does not go to ER as a result of anything that happens in this episode! Today Might Be Wednesday By the time Olga wheeled me outside this morning my grey hooded...
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Naming for Framing / Robbing Williams / Tan Stands / The Fall Guy
It's Saturday night and I am laying in bed… well, I am always laying in bed… and I'm listening to a jazz pianist named Joanne Brackeen. And she's darned good, performing lively and often complex compositions. What follows are responses to the questions and inquiries culled from the comment...
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Nursing Home Reality: A (Social) Day in the Life / PLUS - My Decorated Wall
Decor Values Finally and at long last, almost everything went up. This includes each of the items sent to me over the past couple months, meant to cover my walls. I am now decorated. I have color in my room. Pizzazz. A reason for my eyes to linger longer. The activities coordinator spent...
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Lost in the Shuffle / Right Words / I See UVB
My window is cracked ever-so-slightly, so that I may hear the wind howling on through the desert shrubbery. The music I listen to compliments these natural sounds, via the specially chosen "Odd" mix emanating from my fully charged tablet, perched on the windows recess to my immediate right...
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Belated Birthday Report / Delivering the Goods / Gratitude
That was unexpected. Like totally.. as I received numerous birthday cards from the Phoenix Rising faithful (and super colorful balloons). Thank you kindly. Yesterday was likely my first celebrated birthday since 2014. Or possibly, it's that I was more or less unresponsive for a couple of those...
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The Way of the J-Tube / Underwear Crisis Averted / Orange Sun Turns Red
This is sort of a practice blog entry. I really don't think the content is worth reading. Or raving about. And it's not particularly uplifting. Nor emotionally quenching. So damn, what the hell did I spend all this time writing about? But, I received ALL kinds of requests (three of you - lol)...
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