Saturday November 10 2012
Well, we survived Sandy. (a hurricane is like litmus paper for human beings and their emotions. Do you want to find out what the person is really like – just take away their electricity for about five or six days. That’ll do it.) Our communitywent without electricity for nearly a week. We have a generator, but it only provides light for the hallways. Which means all the 80 and 90-year-old residents who wake up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, take their life in their hands trying to navigate in the pitch darkness. I was very lucky. I live on the 1st floor, within 10 feet of an emergency generator outlet. Thus, the lift chair that I sleep in and my CPAP machine that I use for my sleep apnea, were both powered during our power outage.On the whole, I’d give the staff and administrators a 9.0(out of 10) on the manner in which they dealt with the storm. (I suggested ALL residents be issued a flashlight with rechargeable batteries.) We’ve had a number of new resident arrivals in the last 10 days. Ironically, J and W, both 97, are the sharpest of the lot. The other new residents I met seem to all have dementia to some degree. The population ‘mix’ has changed dramatically in just the three years that I’ve lived in this facility. there is much higher level of dementia and Alzheimer’s in the current population. Also, the percentage of men as residents has increased dramatically from about 15% when I first arrived to somewhere around 25% currently.
I was speaking on the phone this morning with Joy Loverde. Joy and I have been friends for about 20 years and she continues to be one of the most inspirational and authentic human beings I’ve ever known. I don’t envy her schedule – she’s on the road about 200 days/year, yet she continues to be amazingly efficient and very productive.
I’m still waiting to see the first copy of my book, Martin Bayne on Turning the Stream of Compassion Within.
Later . . .