Hospice Volunteers's Archive

Amazing Izzy up for an award from County caregivers

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

At the County office building last week

February 7. 2008 – So news came today that Izzy has been nominated by Washington County Public Health employees for the Shining Star Award, given to a different county health employee each morning for outsanding work. This would recognize not only the Hospice work Izzy is doing, but a new tradition, his weekly visits to the County Health Department’s Ft. Edward office building to boost the morale of the hard working, largely unheralded caregivers who work there.
These visits are pure joy. Izzy, wearing his Hospice ID tag, tears through the two-story building, visiting his pals and making new friends. He is partial to women, but loves to visit Hospice Volunteer Co-ordinator Keith Mann, who keeps a bowl of water nearby for him and biscuits. Last week, Izzy lay on his back getting hugs from some of the Hospice nurses, who usually are out in the field when we come by.
It’s a boost for them, and he loves it, and it’s wonderful for me to see this loving creature giving something back to this very dedicated, hard-working and loving people.
Several of the health workers e-mailed me after Izzy’s last visit, sending pictures and thanks. One nurse thanked me for sharing this gentle soul with the county workers. “Sometimes the caregivers need a little care giving themselves.” Amen.
Somebody asked me on our last visit who I was, and I said I was Izzy’s driver. Increasingly, this is true.
Izzy will be unbearable if he’s an award winner.

In honor of hospice workers, and the patients who died in 2007

Sunday, December 30th, 2007

December 30, 2007 – This is in honor of the staff, nurses, doctors and social workers of Washington County Hospice and Palliative Care and the extraordinary work they do every day. It is also in honor of the hospice patients Izzy and I saw this year who died during 2007. It was a pleasure and a gift to have known them. They left the world peacefully, in comfort and with love, care and dignity.

Death Snips Proud Men

Death is stronger than all the governments because the governments
are men and men die and then death laughs: Now you see ‘em, now you don’t.

Death is stronger than all proud men and so death snips proud men on the nose,
throws a pair of dice and says: Read ‘em and weep.

Death sends a radiogram every day: When I want you I’ll drop in – and then one day
he comes with a master-key and lets himself in and says: we’ll go now.

Death is a nurse mother with big arms: “Twon’t hurt you at all; it’s your time now; you just
need a long sleep, child; what have you had anyhow better than sleep?”
- Carl Sandburg