Best Experience

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Today was by far my best experience as Raggedy Ann. I still can’t stop smiling. I went in tired from midterms and worried about everything that I had yet to finish today. I hadn’t gone in three weeks because I went home and then I got sick. Anxiously, I began …

Happiness

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I would say that most of the other patients I interacted with that day were very sweet and friendly. The patient who touched me the most though, was a woman named Susan. Unlike most of the other patients who can still function somewhat independently by wheeling themselves around and feeding …

A Minor Detail

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It has been a very long time since my last Raggedy visit to Casa Dorinda. This school year has come about so quickly after an extremely long summer and I found myself attempting to catch up in all my classes and work. Entering my third year at UCSB, reality has …

First Day

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Today was my first day at Casa Dorinda. Most of my time there was spent talking with Angela, the activities director, and being shown around by Adrian, the assistant activities director. Adrian would stop at most rooms and introduce me and we would talk with the residents for a while. …

Grateful

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Normally I wouldn’t write about this but I kind of felt like it was related in some way. As I was putting on my Raggedy Ann outfit, my dad got a glimpse of me right as I was headed out. He made a joke but then on a serious note …

A Loving Friend

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This week, I had a breakthrough with the residents that normally are causing the most trouble. I first walked in to see the lady named Josephine, who was crying uncontrollably during my last visit, sitting pensively in her chair staring off at the wall. I approached her, and shortly after …

Friends

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After a restful winter break, I entered the nursing home I knew all too well for the past couple years. I was nervous as I always am when it has been a while since I have visited my old friends, but I was also excited to meet them again. My …

Thirty Minutes

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Today was sort of unusual. I decided to go out of my comfort zone and visit two new residents, Holly and Michael. Holly seemed to suffer from memory loss, specifically anterograde amnesia. She was unable to learn new facts and episodes and was unable to socially interact. She would repeat …