So....I work at a hospital. As you know. I am a nurse's aid, which means I do a lot of the dirty work. I wanted to go ahead and take the time (in a very short blog to jump start things) to let people know to be nice to their children. Really. Be nice. Be really, really nice. They will be the ones who will decide which nursing home you will live in when the time comes that you can no longer take care of yourself (I saw something like this in a quote once, it's not totally stolen, but that's where I got the idea. I cannot remember where the quote came from though).
There are good nursing homes....there are decent nursing homes...there are bad nursing homes...there are REALLY bad nursing homes...then there are the nursing homes where you send your parents who were evil and mean to you. There are NO great nursing homes. Know this now. Please take my advice, and be nice to your children. Be kind. Love them, and perhaps you will get to live with them. Perhaps they will change your diaper instead of some stranger who's just doing a job. It could save you a bedsore or twelve! Trust me, these things ain't pretty!
On a side note, take care of yourself!! Then, if you are a jerk to your kids, at least it will take a longer time until you have to be put in a home, or perhaps not at all! I have seen some, not a lot, but some, 90+ old people still living at home by themselves. They are few and far between, and they aren't able to do that because they smoked a pack a day and called a good night a package of oreos in front of twelve re-runs of bad sitcoms! The more you damage your body now, the more you will pay for it in the long run.
Take it to heart. I would hate to see any of you who are so graciously reading my blog wind up in one of these horrid places I have seen old folks come from. They come from the nursing homes all the time to the hospital, and you can pretty much tell which nursing home they came from based on the condition they are in, physically! And on how they smell! No joke! We do the best we can for them at the hospital, but then we have to send them back. So take care of your body, take care of and love your kids, or you'll be sitting in a s*&#@y diaper for five hours with the waste eating away at your fragile sensitive skin before someone comes to change your butt!