Ms K: “I’m mad at you” (literally first comment she made as I walked into the room)
Me: …ning… uh oh, I’m listening what did I do?
Ms K: you didn’t call me for my birthday
Ms K is almost 90
She had moved to Texas to be closer to her family but has repeatedly complained about her regret doing that.
Me: oh I’m sorry! I did send a happy birthday message through our EMR!
Ms K: but you didn’t call
… you called me for thanksgiving!
Me: yeah, I was concerned you’d be alone thanksgiving.
Ms K: well I was alone for my birthday
We discussed ways to encourage fellowship with said family..
How to engage even with their busy lifestyles…
Discussed some virtual options…
Discussed senior activities and leveraging church communities
Me: what do you think?
Ms K: next time I’ll call the office and ask for you so you can say happy birthday to me!
Me: okay! What if it’s the weekend and we are closed?
Ms K: don’t start with me Dr O!
Me: hugs Ms K!
Ms K: come here give me a hug
Advocating for the elderly too… folks please check in on your folks! Every now and again…
Sometimes a “Happy birthday” call goes a long way!!!