Nursing homes are full of long lost stories of people already forgotten…
Many of the elderly in senior homes either outlived their families, or were forgotten by their busy, younger kin. You always here horror stories of neglected seniors, but even if they’re well-cared for physically, they are left to rot emotionally. If only nurses and caretakers took the time to really listen to their patients…
Mak Filiser passed away in a nursing home, and the caretakers there didn’t think he had anything of value left with him.
However, they began clearing his room for the next patient, and one nurse came across a piece of paper. On it was a heartfelt, and heartbreaking, poem. The nurse who found it was so taken aback by it that she copied it and passed it out to every employee in the facility.
The poem, entitled “Cranky Old Man”, went like this…
“What do you see nurses? What do you see?
What are you thinking…when you’re looking at me?
A cranky old man…not very wise,
Uncertain of habit…with faraway eyes?
Who dribbles his food…and makes no reply.
When you say in a loud voice…I do wish you’d try!’”
“Who seems not to notice…the things that you do.”
“And forever is losing…A sock or shoe?
Who, resisting or not…lets you do as you will,
With bathing and feeding…The long day to fill?
Is that what you’re thinking? Is that what you see?
Then open your eyes, nurse…you’re not looking at me.”
“I’ll tell you who I am . . . . .. As I sit here so still”
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