The Back Room

With respect to Socrates, my unexamined life is not worth living. The front room is the face we show everyone but we hide our true self in the back room.

Unfinished Business

Another patient of mine died. He was more mentally ill than physically ill so this came as quite a shock.  With his share of physical issues but healthy enough to … Continue reading

October 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

How one thing leads to another and then another

One thing. Imagine a world that only exists while you are present. One of my patients, living with dementia, started our conversation today the way it had been left a … Continue reading

October 15, 2014 · 2 Comments

Here and Now

The population I serve is mostly in their 80’s or 90’s.  And most have been given a diagnosis of Senile Dementia, indicating late onset, with a possible add-on of Complications … Continue reading

September 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Snapshot of an SNF (skilled nursing facility)

“I was going to sit with my sister and eat my lunch but I can’t.  Because of the smell.” The administrator attempted to reassure her that the mess was being … Continue reading

September 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

It’s easy to fall into the trap.  One minute you are sharing ideas from a Portuguese poet-philosopher and the next you are bitching about your daily commute. To me it … Continue reading

September 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Wednesdays are the closest opportunity to a routine I have.  I know at what facility I will be, approximately when I will be arriving home, planning what dinner we will … Continue reading

September 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Not even a day needs go by before my furiously active mind seeks new perceptions. I thought I would chew on the events of this morning for a while but … Continue reading

August 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

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