Tag Archive | Alzheimer’s Conversations


Nurse: “Do you have a pacemaker?”

Patient: “No, but I do have a cell phone.”


Fire Department

“I don’t know about this bed. I can’t fit anyone else in it, especially the fire department.”

Positive Body Image

Patient: “You are full of love.”

Nurse: “It’s true. I named my fat Love. So my belly is filled with Love. Love flows from my arms when I wave. I’m basically cocooned in Love.”

Patient: “You must be the smartest most loved woman I’ve ever known.”

A Bell On A String

ae74f33b3298c81a3bafa529df9f261eThe story of a Bell on a String

A few days ago a resident gave me a small bell tied to a string. She said that I should ring the bell to know what I mean to her.

This is what that bell tells me every time it rings: “I may not remember your name but thank you for being here for me, keeping me safe. I may not know exactly what you do for me but I do know that when I see you I smile and I laugh. You may fade from my thoughts when you walk away but you are always in my heart guiding me to experience joy in my every day. And when you leave here after a long shift feeling as though you may never recover from the exhaustion of being a nurse, ring this bell and know that you made a difference in one life today.”

I keep this tiny bell on a string in my car so that every time I leave the office I am reminded of making a difference in at least one life every day.

Conversation About the Weather

Patient 1: “What’s the matter with him?”

Patient 2: “I think the weather’s just fine.”

Patient 1: “Shouldn’t rain until his wibblies get to wiggling again.”