There’s a man with dementia at my dialysis clinic (we’ll call him J) who comes from a nursing home. Most times he doesn’t know where he’s at. My clinic is not allowing anyone to eat because of the virus. Today, he constantly says, “I want my bag of sandwich.” Even though they’ve told him he can’t, he doesn’t fully comprehend what’s going on. After they’ve told him he can’t, they’ve decided to ignore J.
I feel sorry for J, and hearing him yell out like that each time I come here depresses me. If they come to ignore him after awhile, I can only imagine how they treat him at the nursing home. It terrifies me to think of the moment when I have to go into one.

Share if you’d like to make people aware how awful this disease is, and hope they’ll be ways to make nursing homes better.

Published by Lafiro A Gomez, III

After having survived a major stroke, I became a full-time writer. I write using my iPhone and one thumb. I am the author of Parachute Island as well as other works. I studied chemistry, psychology, and art at Williams College. I write anything that piques my interest, though mostly, I write speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, and/or horror). I currently reside in San Antonio, Texas.

2 thoughts on “J

  1. This is heartbreaking. I hope people understand the fact that if you choose to be a nurse, your job consist of taking care of people and that takes a good heart.


    1. Part of the problem is insufficient funding from the state. Another part is insufficient training or training that mostly online training. Also, after time, nurses often get burned out from the jobAs you stated, this position requires someone who truly who wants to be in it. There are some that truly care about their patients.


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