“Life’s Daily Inspiration” A friend named Gi Gi
“Funny Motivational Quote”
“If you can be inspirational and hilarious at the same time, you’re really on to something”
Eight or nine years ago I had a hospice patient we will call for the sake of privacy Ms. Ida Bell.
She probably weighed 100 lbs soak and wet. Approximately 5 feet tall, a very small lady with a great big heart.
And oh, what a “life’s daily inspiration” she was.
Ms. Ida Bell had Congestive Heart Failure and was on Oxygen 24/7 and ate licorice sticks. Yuck! I wasn’t inspired to try it.
Ms. Ida Bell had a knack for making everyone laugh.
She could tell the corniest jokes. The jokes weren’t usually the funny part. Not that they were bad jokes. They probably would have been funny except, Ms. Ida Bell never got the punch line right. But that never stopped her. She’d just say, “Oh I can’t remember the way it went but it’s close enough. You get what I mean. And she would just laugh it off.
Everyone has a gift and I feel sure one of hers was the gift of encouragement.
She would quote that old saying “Where there is a will” and then change the next part to-“the Lord will make a way.” Just another example of being a living “ life’s daily inspiration.”
Ms. Ida Bell loved her car, like you and I love our family. It was a part of her family she said. She affectionately named her car Gi Gi.
Which she told every one it stood for “Grocery Getter”
As she progressed with dementia she would ask If Gi Gi was alright like it was a person? Gi Gi was very important and inspiring to her.
One cold winter day she asked,
did Gi-Gi start this morning? I told her, “just like a top first try.”
Gi Gi wasn’t even there . Her daughter-in-law had taken the care to their home. Guess that was a “life’s daily inspiration” on my part my answer satisfied her for a while.
She was watching the weather . She liked the Fox News which repeats itself.( about every two hours.)
Later that same afternoon she said (Andy) she nick named me Andy .
I have no clue why she chose that name , only the Lord knows. One day maybe I’ll ask her why. But, I answered her yes, Ms. Ida Bell?
She said, “ I think I’ll take Gi Gi for a little drive please get my coat.”
The best way to handle dementia is by redirecting their thoughts elsewhere. So I said, feeling quite pleased with myself. “Ms Gi-Gi I don’t think you can even get to the main roads with all the snow on the ground and we’re expecting 4 or 5 inches today.”(The 4 or 5 inch prediction was true at least) she sat perfectly still just a minute.
Then answered “well tarnation”
This is another old saying. “I guess were grounded but did you put GI-GI’s cover on her I do not want her getting chilled out there.” Of course I did , I told her .
Not missing a beat she said, “Andy where’s Charles , is he still out in this the weather?”
Oh, no Ms. Ida Bell he’s out back working in his workshop, I replied
“Well, don’t let him stay out there to long.”
Her husband Charles had been dead over two years. At that time.
In her mind it was yesterday and he was still with her.
What a dementia patient or Alzheimer’s patient can’t think up. Just can’t be made up.
We had many such cute little exchanges, but this story is one of my favorites.
A few days latter Ms. Ida said, “I gotta new joke for you.”I replied, you do? where did you get it? One of your church friends tell it to you? No, she said, “I made it up.”
You did? When?” just now.”
Okay let’s hear it.
“What’s green/white and black and goes everywhere?”
While telling her joke she is cackling like a chicken.
Tickled at her own totally flat joke.
Let’s see, I have no clue?
“It’s Gi Gi silly” as she kept laughing ridiculously. The joke about Gi Gi wasn’t funny at all to me, but to her it was the bomb!
Her laughter sounded just like a chicken had laid an egg. Now that, I thought was funny. The harder I laughed the more she laughed and the more she laughed, the more I laughed. It was a win-win.
The rest of the day I would laugh thinking about it and she would say “what is so funny, you got a joke for me?”
Which tickled my funny bone all over again. I guess you just had to be there. Sometimes her little jokes were funny, sometimes they were cute.
The one thing you could always count on was that chicken laugh of hers , sounding like laying an egg in the telling. She got such joy in sharing her jokes, and the listener got joy from her.
Elaine and I being in Hospice for over 70 years combined.
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Elaine and Scarlett