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Sunday, March 06, 2011

It must be my age-----
People seem to be dying all around me---
To-day I received an email from an old nursing classmate.

She wrote that one of our class mates had the flu, then a heart attack and died---
This is upsetting, to say the least!
I graduated in 1964, from Sick Kids in Toronto and this girl lived in my hall in residence.
I can see her in my mind .
In those days we wore the bibs and aprons and I remember hers was always perfectly starched and her apron just above her ankles as we were told it had to be. I tremember , a lot of us tried to hike up the aprons to show off our legs more, but she kept hers the right length. You see, every morning , before we went onto the wards, we had to line up in the vestibule of the hospital, and one very old nurse (at least she seemed very old then!)---would measure that apron with a ruler from the floor up---

Crazy what you remember eh?-
Joc had a boyfriend too, which she would sneak into residence. This was no easy task , getting the boyfriend past the German Lady downstairs at the front desk, in the residence. This guy looked like ""Bobby Darren. (Anyone remember him?)--His name was Bill Baily---
We used to sing that song to Joc, teasing her .
""Won't you come home Bill Bailey""?---- remember that song?

Poor Joc---She mustve been only in her 60's---cause that's what age I am---only a spring chicken, really!

There was another man, who passed away last week, who used to work with me as a Tour Guide in our small town here. He was Scottish, and so witty. When I think of him, I smile! He used to hide his bottles of liquor in his house away from his wife, and after a shift, would tell us he was going home for a ""wee libation".

I suppose it's all part of aging--- watching good people pass on!
It's hard though!

For me, I'll probably be ""sparking"" for the next 100 years on here, working on this weight!
After all, a gal's got to do what a gal has to do!

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    It's difficult to lose people around us but when we can look back at the memories that they've given us, it's wonderful. They've enriched our lives by the experiences that we''ve shared.
    3197 days ago
    Sorry to hear about your friend, but I did love your reminiscences. It's great to hear how people lived, and their daily lives - and it's not just to do with age, it's also different places :)
    3198 days ago
    Sorry to hear about your friend LJ :( I will probably be "sparking" right along with you for the next 100 years. emoticon
    3198 days ago
  • SUNNY332
    I did not realize you were a retired nurse. I am too. I went back to LPN school when my youngest was in grade schol and worked the past 25 years as an LPN. I work in Psychiatry, ER, Urgent Care and Pain Management. I just retired last June and I do miss it so much. Fortunately, I see the people I used to work with when I do my Volunteer work in ICU every other Wednesday.

    Take care and hang in there. It is hard to loose a friend.

    Hugs, Sunny
    3198 days ago
    Sorry about your loss...I'll be 60 next week and I dread looking in the obits in the paper...I have started losing old friends too...kind of makes you look at your own mortality, doesn't it?
    3198 days ago
    Hate to hear your loss, that's always hard.

    Are you a nurse?

    My long term goal is to become one. I hope to start school this fall. It's a huge step for me at almost 52, but I can do it!

    100% Brand new life for this gal emoticon
    3198 days ago
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