"HOW SHALL WE THEN LIVE?" Francis Schaeffer

Friday, July 22, 2005


So I'm trying to talk to this not so old but quite confused lady out in the smoking area. A male companion looks at my shoes and says:
"I had a pair just like that but somebody stole 1 of them. Now why in the world would they steal only 1 shoe?"
He goes on to say: "Obviously I'm looking for a 1 legged man. Otherwise he would have stolen both shoes."

I had to have a big grin at that comment.

a) In case you didn't know, there are a LOT of 1 legged people in nursing homes. DIABETES is the cause and the curse. Sooner or later a toe has to be taken off; then maybe a foot. Later on the leg is removed. There is a lot of that.

b) Theft and confusion: A lot of stuff goes missing from patient's rooms. Unluckily it's quite hard to assess the cause. Patient's memories are generally pretty faulty. So they lose things, or misplace them or give them away. Who knows for sure. Unluckily theft by the nursing aides is a MAJOR problem. Most things of value are taken sooner or later. Family members quickly learn to NOT buy nice clothes for the person in the nursing home. Also, never give them more than 5 or 10 dollars. It too will disappear - quickly.

If you like material things; don't end up in a nursing home. JB

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