Monday, March 30, 2009

Caring, Care Facility, Desecration

My heart and prayers go out to all those living with Sunday’s desecration of CARE at .

From the News & Observer of Raleigh, North Carolina:

Jerry Avant, a registered nurse, was killed in the shooting, shot more than two dozen times. "He undoubtedly saved a lot of lives", Avent's father called his son a "good boy" who "really loved nursing."

Carthage Police Officer Justin Garner, who was the first officer to arrive on the scene, exchanged gunfire with the gunman in a hallway. Officer Garner suffered a gunshot wound to his leg during the shoot-out before wounding the gunman and ending the carnage.

Sunday, in our corner of the care facility universe, Patti was having a challenging day with Multiple Sclerosis symptoms of short term memory loss, cognitive impairment and fatigue. She was more cantankerous than aware of any news and world events.

An outing of Chinese carry-out with her parents, brother, and me … plus ‘ciggies’ made for a world of a different Sunday for her.

Caring will go on because it must go on!

Caregivingly Yours, Patrick Leer


  1. For me this hit hard as we used to live out there and I drove by that facility almost daily.

  2. I hadn't heard about this; so sad, it seems to be such a common thing these days :(



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