Young Is Temporary, Old Is Waiting
The care of the older people is a challenging task to do, yet promising a huge reward to us. As the age increases year by year there occurs deterioration of the brain function. The brain cells start to degenerate with increasing age. We can see that the memory is affected in older age group, and even in younger people, only if the brain is not used to think properly! So start the thinking process to maintain our brain survival. =)
During young age, one has the entire strength to do various activities which require hard work. To travel for a long time, to read the thick books or to stay up all night is not a big deal for us. We enjoy doing that because we have lots of energy and enthusiasm to perform those activities.
My fellow readers, it is not the same when we are older one day. ‘Golden age’, as what is synonymous to the older people, is the time for being cared of instead giving the care to others. People of older age group need plenty of love and concern from the younger one. They tend to be more sensitive in their age regarding anything, from the smallest matter to the big things.
Just imagine when we were child, our parents take good care for us. They sacrificed everything for our life. When we have grown up, it is our responsibility to take good care of them similar to what they had done for us. We love them just the way they are.
During the case presentation in Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU), I came across patients of critical illness who needed intensive observation of their health progress. It was miserable to see them struggling for life : some got endotracheal tube going in while some got to be monitored by ECG machine. The sound of the machine was so suspense and thrilling to be heard.
There was an old woman around 65 years I guess with a tube going through her nose for ventilatory support. A grandmother maybe. Then came a nurse who took out a needle and syringe for blood collection. As the needle pierced through the vein in the forearm, she screamed in pain. She groaned in agony while the nurse continued her task. The feeling of sympathy filled the environment. The nurse stopped for a while after managed to collect little blood and talked to the the old woman to calm her. She was quite relaxed now. Fuh….
Again the nurse inserted the needle into her vein and blood was collected as desired. The old woman kept screaming in the ICU room. I felt pity for her but still it is the best action to be done. I wonder how am I gonna work later on. After labelling the blood sample, it was taken to the laboratory for further investigation.
Few minutes later, the same nurse came again with saline water and gauzes to clean the old woman. She wiped her mouth and face so patiently. The old woman followed her orders during the cleaning process. As she was bedridden, she could not go to the toilet by herself. Someone need to help her, to comfort her.
The job of cleaning the old woman, for me, is a noble task to do. In doing so, the burden of the patient decreases and at the same time, we could be a humble person as well. We do not have to win the Noble Prize or go to war, instead caring for the old generation is something tha should be proud of.
Seriously, we have to be emotionally stable to deal with the older people, or geriatrics group. The value of patience is really important. From patience, the respect comes. Thus, we will regard that the lives of older people is as valuable as the younger one and we will not take them for granted.
p/s : I hope I could serve my parents as good as possible when they need me in the future during their ‘golden age’…