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3 West

Patients walk in the aisle between breakfast and lunch hours. Because 3W was built as a loop, I see walking patients several times during the morning. Sometimes the patient walks with the accompany of his or her spouse; most of the time they walk alone.

The lady that resides in room 72 has high fall risk, very common. She doesn’t press any button or make any calls to inform anyone she needs help. Instead, she yells “I need help! Help! Someone help me!” The voice can pass through the heavy wooden door and be heard by the HUSC who sits right in front of 72. Nurses can’t do anything about it.

I feel sorry about this lady living in 72. She reminds me of my mom, who was so helpless and hopeless perhaps, yet still wishing someone could take away the pain. I don’t want to be sick, and I don’t like feeling hopeless. What a blessing it is for people to have their spouse or families with them when they get old.

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