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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

A moment of reflection.......

Me on Stanley House's patio

Yesterday i spent the afternoon at Stanley House it is a specialist nursing home owned and managed by my little sis Catherine Yeates. Cath is a nurse specialising in Huntingdon's Disease, the majority of the residents at Stanley have HD. It is a hereditary disorder of the central nervous system caused by a faulty gene, each person whose parent has Huntington's disease is born with a 50-50 chance of inheriting the faulty gene. It is an incredibly complicated disease with currently no cure.

Anyway it was their easter party, it was a lovely social event of family and friends of residents and staff, children and grandads, easter quiz, egg hunt all that kind of stuff. i'm the odd one out in my family as both parents and sister work(ed) in the caring profession, i remember as a child being forced to go to christmas and easter parties in care homes in mum and dad's social service region and being terrified, in those days residents were plonked on a chair around the outside of room with a TV on in the corner that was the entertainment. My mum and dad's home for the elderly was a converted workhouse. Things really have moved on since then thankfully!

a group of un-terrified children
Finished the day off with a gin and middle-aged spread party back at Cath's and ended up kipping on her sofa. Awoke to the sight of my sis uniformed up ready for work.

'Mornin' Nurse' i blearily comment, 'how are you feeling' says nurse, 'fine' i mumble wobbling my way to the bathroom. this is the kind of challenging intellectual exchange i like of a morning. (is this blog beginning to sound a bit bridget jonesey????)

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