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Old 02-16-2008, 10:24 AM
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Death is not funny but sometimes, you just gotta laugh. Just be careful when you do so.

We had a resident that had been admitted to our unit and was gravely ill. His wife came every day but would complain because he was sick and she resented having to be there. She obviously did not like her husband very much and she made sure that he knew it every day and that we did too.

This little lady always ate her lunch at the facility and we served her a tray along with the residents. She would eat in his room. We had served the lunch trays one day and the CNA went back to feed the lady’s husband. When the CNA went in the room the wife was already eating her lunch and watching TV. However the man had died and she had not noticed.

He was terminally ill and a DNR so the CNA quietly came and got me. I went into the room and confirmed that he had passed away. I asked his wife to step out of the room so I could speak to her. She was unaware that her husband had indeed died. She was very irritated at me for disturbing her lunch and her soap opera.
As compassionately as I could I explained that her husband had no pulse and was not breathing and that the doctor had been notified. She said, “Is he dead?” I answered, “Yes mam, all indications are that he is, but the doctor is coming to pronounce him formally deceased” She said, “well can I finish my lunch now?”

She was perfectly willing to go back in that room with the corpse and finish her lunch. I strongly encouraged her to finish her lunch in my office. She reluctantly did so. I did not have a TV in my office. The CNA and I went to the bathroom and laughed. We could not control the comic relief.
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Old 02-16-2008, 01:46 PM
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As they say in some parts of the UK 'There's nought as strange as folk'!

I visited a genetleman at one time who had lied to his wife about his age. It wasn't until news of his pension arrived that the truth came out. She never forgave him and displayed some very similar behaviours towards him as you have described here.
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