It was a busy Sunday afternoon on the unit. There was an elderly man who had an injury to his cervical spine, and who had recently had surgery. This patient had limited use of his arms, therefore needed assistance with most activities of daily living.
Cynthia went into the room and noticed that his food tray had arrived, and was in front of him. We don't always know when the trays are delivered to the patients and she was glad that she had stopped in to check on him. His family had left, and he was the type who would not call for assistance. Sometimes, he was a little grumpy too. He did not want to call for help and the reason he was grumpy was that he lost some of his independence. Cynthia spent some time encouraging him to remain positive because his strength would return. She was able to help feed him. He was so hungry and he finished the whole tray! After he finished eating, he was all smiles!
It is very rewarding to be able to help people and to see the effect the little things have on them. That smile was worth a million bucks!