This following poem was written by an elderly lady who passed away in a nursing home. Unfortunately, there is no information on the Internet about who she is exactly or when she died. It is believed that her poem was found by a nurse who was cleaning her room after her death.
Written in the perspective of an old woman in her final days, it is a must read for all nursing personnel. In fact, this is eye opening for any of us who care for or have contact with the elderly.
Due to their inability to take care of themselves sometimes, we often lose patience when they need our help the most. This poem gives us a better understanding of everything they have gone through and what they expect from us. By the time you finish reading it, you are going to be at a loss of words.
Check it out below:
- What do you see, nurses, what do you see?
- What are you thinking when you’re looking at me?
- A crabby old woman, not very wise,
- Uncertain of habit, with faraway eyes?
- Who dribbles her food and makes no reply
- When you say in a loud voice, “I do wish you’d try!”
- Who seems not to notice the things that you do,
- And forever is losing a stocking or shoe…..
- Who, resisting or not, lets you do as you will,
- With bathing and feeding, the long day to fill….
- Is that what you’re thinking? Is that what you see?
- Then open your eyes, nurse; you’re not looking at me.