Monday, April 7, 2014

It's Never Too Late!

Joan Shepherd, FNP

A few weeks ago we did an Accelerated Alcohol Detox with a new client.  She is almost 80 years old and one of the most elegant women I have ever met. She carried herself with great dignity, listened with intelligence and radiated warmth. She had a great laugh!

Unfortunately, she was going through a bottle of scotch every few days. However, her detox went smoothly. When a person comes for an alcohol detox with us, he or she is in a comfortable room in a cozy recliner. Although connected to monitoring equipment so we can keep a check on blood pressure and other vital functions, the client is free to move about, with their support person. We provide a nice lunch from any of a number of near-by eateries. Our patient can doze, read a book, or watch a movie. He/she will have ample time for conversation with our Aftercare Coordinator, Chris Newcomb, and of course, the medical staff is in and out throughout the day.

Most people will come in the morning and stay til about 4:30 in the afternoon.Yesterday this lovely lady came in for a follow up. She was beaming. She has been going to AA meetings with a dear old friend and she said she has more energy than she’s had in some years. She has resumed daily gardening and even packed up 8 boxes for Goodwill with stuff she’d wanted to be rid of for 2 years, she told me. Not only is this a gift to herself, her children are so grateful to have more meaningful interaction with their mother. This step clearly increases the odds that their mother will be able to continue to live independently—something that is extremely important to her. Her story really highlights the true statement that it's, "never too late" to start over! 

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