Starting my day (see introduction in A Day in the Life of Jennifer Morales: Part 1), I met Jennifer at 9 AM in Kew Gardens, Queens.
Jennifer begins at an assisted living facility in Kew Gardens where she visits seniors every day – checking in on people like Henry G. and his wife Margot.
In his 90s and a German Jew, Henry escaped from Germany during World War II and made his way to Holland where he had a job milking cows. Margot, who was already in the U.S., helped him come to New York. Margot and Henry were from the same town in Germany and soon, they were married.
Henry’s experience with the war was not over, and he fought in the U.S. Army where he was considered an “enemy alien” until he got his American citizenship. During the war, he created a beautiful menorah from bullet casings of which he is very proud (the menorah is in the background of the photo to the right). He is also proud that he was interviewed for Stephen Spielberg’s Survivors of the Shoah.
Jennifer is proud of Henry, who developed Type 2 Diabetes about 15 years ago. Over the years, he gave himself insulin injections and tested his sugar every day, and with proper management and healthy eating, he stopped needing to take the insulin. He even coached his son on what to do when he developed Type 2 diabetes.
Henry is in hospice now, but Jennifer still comes to see him and Margot daily, taking their blood sugar levels and blood pressure. It was obvious to me how much Jennifer feels for both Margot and Henry and how much they enjoy her visits as well.
Our next stop will be visiting Maharana L., who is learning to live with diabetes.
December 10, 2012: I have a sad update to this post. Jennifer just emailed me to tell me that Mr. G. passed away on November 15th. He will be missed.
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I have worked with Jennifer & I think she truly exemplifies the expertise of our clinical staff. Jennifer is known for her keen intellect, nursing knowledge & clinical skills. Her ability to communicate &advocate for patients,& blend the patient centered goals with the clinical goals is impressive. Having collaborated with her for patients with complex wounds&case management issues many times over the years,I have seen first hand how those qualities mentioned above coupled with a patient&compassionate approach makes Jennifer a great nurse.— Mary Farren / October 23rd, 2012 at 6:52 am
Thank you, Mary, for the comment. I agree and think Jennifer is the best!— Stav / October 23rd, 2012 at 9:56 am