I would love to meet anyone in the care-giving world who hasn't experienced a little frustration. If there is someone then I am going to tell you they are either a saint or a big, fat liar. There, now you have my feelings on that. No, really, how can you be a caregiver and not get frustrated. If you have it figured out, please, please share your secrets with me. I experience a bit of frustration every single day of my life. Don't you?
Even when I was a caregiver at the hospital or the nursing home I would get frustrated. Mostly with administration and other staff members. Rarely would it be at a patient or an elder. You know why that is? Because I was only spending 8 hours with them and then going home. The care-giving I am providing right now is going on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year and I have been doing this for almost 3 years. So frustration......yep. Plenty of it.
My frustration this week has been mostly all about Hospice. Not the entire organization. Not our own personal Hospice nurse. But the nurse practitioner who HAS to pay us a visit every 60 days to re-certify Richard for Medicare to continue to pay for our Hospice care. Now as you can see I said that it HAS to be done every 60 days or we lose certification. And that means starting all over again. This particular nurse practioner (we are going to call her RHB, don't ask me what it stands for!)has been a bit of a pain from the very beginning. She always calls me us and breathlessly informs me that the visit is due. Right now. Today. And I have no choice. I just don't work that way. I am a very scheduled person. I like to know yesterday what is going to happen today. I like to know last week what this weeks schedule is like. That's just how I roll. And I am the customer here, aren't I? I don't like it one dang bit when some little lady (and I use that term loosely)calls me up, always in a big hurry, and tells me the visit has to take place TODAY! I mean she has had 60 days to figure out when the next visit takes place. Last night when she came and I ventured out to ask her to please give me more notice, her response to me was...."I have a full time job and I will fit you in when I can fit you in." Yep, there is plenty of frustration when it comes to stuff like that
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