Jenny would help Dad to the toilet

Jenny would help Dad to the toilet
and puree his food
in between feeding her granddaughter
and getting her husband’s supper
after a day gathering eggs and snapping beans
Now Jenny has a job
or two
she could quit
go to class to learn the complexities
of care and medical equipment
rearrange her house for the hospital bed,
electronic monitors, and sling lift
go without sleep
The nursing home frees Jenny for
career, family, a life
Nursing homes are for the people
not in them

:- Doug.

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