Patra's Other Place

I started out with Patra's Place, primarily dedicated to my linen collection and stitching projects. But I kept getting side-tracked, so I decided to create Patra's Other Place for anything not related to embroidery topics. So you now have a choice. If you are interested in me, read this. If you only want to see my linen and stitching, visit Patra's (original) Place! (Please note that by clicking on any of the photos, they will be enlarged to fill your computer screen.)

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Location: Melbourne, Vic., Australia

I am married to Ken. We have no children except a cat and a collection of Australian parrots, finches, canaries and a dozen hens.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Vale Mrs J.E.

For confidentiality reasons, I can't put the name of this person here, but I do want to acknowledge her. The lady I have been looking after since January in the nursing home, who I mentioned on yesterday's post - died this afternoon. I was with her this morning, and her family were there as well, so my presence was superflous, but as is often the case in palliative care, the family were pleased to have me there for a little while.

My supervisor rang me just after I got home, to let me know J. had passed away. I will miss this job, strange as it may seem to some people. I'll miss the nursing staff at the home; they are a dedicated team of people, very caring and compassionate. When I left the Home today, some of the girls said "Oh you're not going, are you? Does this mean we won't see you again?" and I replied "Well, if I don't get another job straight away, I could come and visit you!" I was just joking, but they all said "Please do!! The other residents will miss you, as well as us". Isn't that nice?


Blogger Jeanette said...

Hi Gina, Sorry to hear of Mrs JS passing Im sure you were a great comfort to her in her hrs of need... take good care...

Sunday, 15 June, 2008  
Blogger Home Away from Home. said...

Hi Gina,
You're a special person to be able to take care of people in need. You're amazing.

Monday, 16 June, 2008  
Blogger Alice said...

I'm sure your kindness was a blessing to that lady at the end of her life. And how nice that her family was there at the end. I hope you find another patient soon.

Tuesday, 17 June, 2008  
Blogger Gina E. said...

Hi Jen, Patty and Alice,
Thank you for leaving kind thoughts here for me. I really love my work and don't consider it a hardship, or particularly wonderful that I do this work. But it's nice to know that people appreciate it.

Wednesday, 18 June, 2008  

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