Her skin was much paler now. Her breathing more labored. Her tiny ivory colored hands were open and drooped near
her side. Her pupils were pinpoint, probably the smallest pinpoints the nurse had ever seen, and unresponsive to light
and accommodation. The CNA was young and had never seen anyone die. why do they say expire or left us? They die.
She was nervous but she was a good one. Although it was again another busy night they took turns checking on her
and every 30 minutes turned her, touched her, talked to her.
“We’re here. We will be here all night. We will take care of you.” The nurse said as they turned her and made her
The CNA looked at the nurse, then at the resident.
“You wont be alone,” the nurse continued,”we’ll be here with you.”
The nurse looked around the room. There were a few old photographs, some of grandchildren who were young in the
pictures but probably old enough to vote now. No family member or friends had been in to see her for a long time. There
were a few odd nicknack’s riding on flat surfaces like dressers or small ledges, a prominent picture of her late husband
in full WW ll uniform staring down upon her. There were a number of stuffed animals surrounding her side of the room,
some Elmer-glued glitter stencils left over from a 4Th of July celebration years ago.
As the were walking down the hall after caring for her the nurse looked at the young CNA.
“You doing o.k?” He would ask her that many times this night.
“Yeah,” she said slowly,”it’s a little sad is all.”
“I know,” the nurse said,”I am determined that one of us be in her room when she dies so she don’t go alone.”
“Yeah,” the cna said, “me too. I’ll check on her.”
The nurse brought out her chart and finding nothing helpful since the chart had been thinned walked back and found her
thick medical records to see exactly what she desired at the end.
“I need you in here,” the CNA said quietly. The nurse paused a moment, scooted the chair back and then slowly walked
down the quiet hallway. For some reason the walk seemed much longer than usual.