The Wednesday HodgePodge (March 22, 2023)

Hi everyone. I’m joining in with the Wednesday HodgePodge once again. Here goes.

1. Did you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in some way? If so tell us how. Are you a fan of corned beef? Cabbage? The color green?
No, I didn’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. I am not a big fan of cabbage or corned beef, but it’s not like I hate them either. I do love the color green.

2. March 22nd is National Goof Off Day…will you celebrate? Your favorite way to goof off? Last time you had a whole day to spend “goofing off”?
I don’t work and can officially choose my own activities within my day schedule, although a lot of staff will suggest them for me. In this sense, I can “goof off” as much as I like, although it doesn’t often feel like it. My favorite ways to “goof off” would be reading, watching YouTube videos and chilling out with an essential oil diffuser on. By the way, crafting is also a favorite way to spend my time, but since I need support with that, I often don’t feel as playful about it as the expression “goofing off” reminds me of.

3. Something on your to-do list that has been there more than a month? Will this be the month you finally cross it off?
I don’t have a to-do list, honestly.

4. In your opinion, what emotion is the most beneficial? Which one is the least useful?
The most beneficial emotion, to me, is joy. Okay, yes, I copied that from Joyce but I completely agree. I had it as my word of the year last year. The least useful emotion, to me, is bitterness.

5. What was your favorite thing to do as a kid? Elaborate.
Many different things. I enjoyed playing with PlayMobil® until I was at least thirteen. I also loved sitting on the swings in my garden. However, I was also quite nerdy, enjoying geography and drawing maps by hand (obviously not detailed at all due to my severe visual impairment and my poor spatial awareness). My favorite map to draw was that of Italy.

6. Insert your own random thought here.
Just a thought: for those of you who don’t need care, can you imagine what it’d feel like if, each day, five or so different support people, often random strangers, showed up in your home claiming to want to do an activity with you? How about if they felt entitled to ask you personal questions to “get to know you” without disclosing much about themselves (after all, they’re “professionals”). What if, after six months, you’d seen literally over a hundred of them, if not several hundreds? How would it make you feel? I just asked a staff, who is a temp worker here but has supported me about ten times now so I’m supposed to “know” him, this question, after I got very irritated with another temp worker (who’s supported me about five times). The more familiar temp worker seriously replied that he wouldn’t mind who got into his home as long as they’d do the activity with him. I guess this means needing care is too far out of his realm of experience to understand the question.

8 thoughts on “The Wednesday HodgePodge (March 22, 2023)

    1. Thank you for validating me. I do understand, of course, that care homes are commonly short-staffed and rely on temp workers a lot, but a little empathy for the insecurity this creates for clients (without immediately adding that it’s unpleasant for the staff too) would go a long way.

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  1. Hello,
    Regarding your random, it would make me upset. I would not like someone ‘new’ everyday or week that I would need to try to learn to trust. Sending you a hug.

    Thank you for sharing the emotion bitterness, well said.

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words. Re my random, there are eight different staff members (four for the morning and four for the evening shift) in my home each day, so in that sense it’s kind of understandable that I’d meet lots of different people. However, given that our regular team consists of less than ten employees and there are no regular temp workers (that is, there used to be a few who came here everyday for a month or so but then disappeared), this means I’m probably not even exaggerating when I say I’ve seen several hundrends over the course of the six months I’ve lived here.


  2. Regarding your random, it would bother me. I think it would largely depend on what type of personality you are. I am introverted and quiet so so many different people would make me upset. Extroverted people might actually enjoy all the interaction. My father is currently in a home and complains about so many different people always asking him questions and not being truly known. I can see how not being able to build a relationship with a worker would be hard.

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    1. Thank you so much for validating me. I am introverted too and honestly the whole thing makes me feel rather unsettled. It doesn’t help that I have attachment issues (which aren’t recognized by staff here because they aren’t glaringly obvious).


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