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It was just after dinner and I was almost done with the dinner time medication round. I only had about 12 more people to give medications to and my medication trolley was in the corridor. Out of the corner of my eye I saw two of my carers running toward me. I stopped and looked at their faces. Now something like this is hard to describe and document because I think they were in shock and they were so excited and talking so fast.

I didn’t have time to ask them what was wrong. They burst into a chorus of “Marilyn come here quick.” I parked my trolley in a side room, locked the door and ran. At this time I was thinking there might have been an intruder or a fire.

As I entered the room the two carers were standing either side of a female resident’s bed. One of the carers pulled the bed linen off the elderly woman, and I must say, extremely frail woman only to show me her leg was broken. My mind raced to discover what had happened and how but knowing this elderly lady was a bit restless in her bed and constantly stuck her legs through the bedrails, I felt a surge of vomit in my throat when I realised what had happened.

The break was over the shin and it had a distinctive mark across the thin layer of skin.

Her leg was straight until it got past the knee and to the shin and that is where it turned inwards.  We looked at this broken bone and discovered it had been broken when someone had tried to let down the bed rail and had met some resistance. The bed rail would have then been pushed down very hard which crushed her leg. The perpetrator of this would have then placed her broken leg back into the bed and covered her up and left her.They left her. Left her in agonizing pain. Unable to voice her pain. Unable to do anything about it.

Immediately the Ambulance was called to transfer the poor woman to Hospital, notes were written, plus the mandatory reports. (Lots of them)

Before the woman was transferred to Hospital, I measured the red mark on her shin and compared the width of the top of the bed rail. Exactly the same width. I couldn’t imagine how anyone could do this to a frail and elderly person, then cover them up and leave them to suffer. This would have been excruciatingly painful. She would have been left like that for approximately 4 and a half hours and until the next shift came on and did a ’round.’  A round is where the carers go around to each and every resident and ask them if they would like to go to the toilet and if they were not able to verbalize, they would assist them to the toilet. Otherwise they would be in a continence pad and that would have to be checked.

This poor woman was the last on the list of people to check the pad and so it would have been about 2 pm the staff would have been to her room to check on her continence needs.

There was also a chart to tell who worked where and it didn’t take us long to work out who was responsible. I will tell you know though. After the report I made, I had a complaint made against me to my Agency which sounded something like this

“We don’t want Marilyn G back here again” “She keeps leaving us notes”  Leaving them notes?  Ha!  They couldn’t get rid of my notes because they are a legal document and if these reports I wrote were requested by ‘Freedom Of Information’ the family of this woman would have taken legal action.. I’m glad I wrote personal reports and photocopied incident reports. I have a very large box full of them.

This is not the last report I will write about the Health Care system. Keep your eye out. And if it makes you feel a bit queezey just imagine how it made me and others feel when it happened.I started Nursing 1995 as an RN and just flowed into Aged Care where I remained for nearly 20 years. The work is hard especially if you do the work and the pay isn’t much to sing about but it was very challenging..

The latest news about the abuse of the elderly man in the aged care facility was shown on channel 9 25/7/2016.  I have worked in this facility and never enjoyed it because there was a problem with some belligerent staff. Another facility I will never work in again.

Having cameras in resident’s rooms is a great idea but it infringes on their resident’s privacy and dignity. I don’t think it will ever be tolerated. The public are up in arms now over an incident relating to a young male carer who abused an elderly gentleman in an aged care facility. Sorry to say it but I have seen worse.

I haven’t been supported by the aged care facility or the Agency I worked for when making these complaints to the managers of these said facilities. They just don’t want to know about it and while they are raking in the money, they don’t give a hoot. Many times I’ve told family members to install  a secret camera in the room to catch the abusive staff members.

Carers take these jobs in Nursing homes because that is the only job they can get at the time and Centrelink encourage them to take it. Even if they are not suitable for the position.

Attitude play a big role in caring for elderly people. Staff cannot afford not to treat these people any other way but with respect and give them the dignity they deserve.

Channel 9 News asked for a comment from the ‘Council for the Ageing” and we hear there is a 5% to 10 % abuse incident rate. Well, lady. To that I say bull! I know it is more than double that.

Overall, I blame the Government for the compete lack of care in any and all Aged Care Facilities. Money is what drives them. Cheap labour. Hiring staff who cannot speak English and who give medications which cause damage to resident’s health.

When they have a Plebiscite on ‘Assisted Suicide” I will sign it and say yes please. I refuse to go into an Aged Care Facility.

I can’t believe it… $8,500 for a shoddy job…

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Took young girl to the orthodontist today to get braces on her teeth which cost about $8,500.
Drove little grandson and his mum home after her work and then had a look at the braces.
They are so crooked, the wires look like a 3 year old glued them on. 3 of the braces are loose and falling off. Two braces are glued so far to the side of each tooth they will twist the tooth out of it’s socket..
The rest of them are glued so far down they are resting/sticking to the gum line.
Rang her friend who has braces and she emailed us a photo of her mouth with the braces. Hers are beautiful. Straight and dead center.

I’m so mad I could scream.. I was a bit surprised to see a very young girl doing the job and not the Orthodontist who we are paying, so they will be getting an earful from me tomorrow, after I show a certain person who has a great closeup camera…
The Orthodontist apparently came into the room after the first two braces were applied (the two top center ones) and mumbled something then he left her to finish the job. I had my little grandson with me and my mother so I decided to sit in the waiting room..Tomorrow I will be on the phone at 0900 and demand they all be removed and the Orthodontist apply them correctly. Or else! How do they have the cheek to charge so much and yet leave the job to a beginner? She’s probably not even out of Uni yet… Arghhhhh
Will let you know how it goes tomorrow…

Kids are scary

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I often wondered what the kids these days did for fun on the weekend and after school. Now I know..
Some of them get together with their friends and as their parents have warned them of stranger danger, they think they are ok..
But… Do these parents know exactly what their kids are doing?

I don’t think so.. The last few months I have been privy to a situation involving a young family, their young school age son and a group of kids who for no other reason than to cause trouble,, have made the family’s life a nightmare…Not to mention the young son..

A couple of days ago… word got out about this group of boys who were on the warpath and decided to egg the nice family’s house and beat up on their young boy. This decision was made on the sole basis that their bullying of the young boy at school was not enough to satisfy them… Is that incredibly stupid or what? As soon as the nice family found out, they called the Police and just as the group/gang showed up at their house, so did a camera crew from a well known TV station and although they were there for something else, the reporter took it upon himself to ask the kids what they were doing..It was intimidating enough for them to run away, like the blatant little cowards they are.. Then, the Police force turned up wearing flack jackets and all their accoutrements needed for a gun battle..They found out where the gang leader was and went straight to their house to speak to the parents..

Thank goodness for that.. Thank you SAPOL.. South Australian Police Force. I hope those kids got the verbal tirade from their parents they deserved.. In this day and age, I have to wonder why in the hell are kids still doing this when anti bullying campaigns are flogged into their impressionable minds at school.. They obviously don’t get it…

I would love to see these bullies get community service time to go out and scrub graffiti from walls and to spend time with the Police talking about the effects of their cowardly behaviours. The parents should also be involved in it too.. They shouldn’t get away with it just because their idiot kids got caught..

I think there is a moral to this story..
If kids are going out in groups, they should be given strict instructions for their behaviours, their whereabouts and time limitations.. They should NOT be allowed to roam the streets because it leads to trouble and once they are in it up to their eyeballs it’s awfully hard to get out of it… Trouble ruins lives and not just the victims lives but the trouble makers too.
So to all the bullied kids out there.. Don’t be scared to speak out.. Get them where it hurts.. Tell the Police, tell your parents, tell someone..
xxx

Who wants to be on the cover of a magazine?

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No I’m not kidding. Had an email from an editor of a popular magazine and she wants pics of anyone who is on ‘Marilyn’s Plan for Weight Loss’ with their pet? You know… before and after pics.
So if you have been one of the lucky ones and bought the book and you and your pet have lost all your weight, please let me know and I will arrange for a photo shoot!
I know I have told you in the book, ‘It’s your secret and no one ever need know you are losing weight’ but this will be inspirational for others who just can’t lose it on those awful diets.

Exciting hey?

Email me at marilynsplan@hotmail.com

Marilyn xxx