I had one more set of vital signs to record last night. It was one of our residents with dementia. There's a group of them that hang out together and rarely go to their rooms. I found the resident and two of the six sitting together by the nurse's station.
"Hi," I said. "Can I take your vital signs?"
"Well, sure," says Resident A.
"You can take mine, too," says Resident B.
"OK," I said. "I'll take Resident A's first so I can keep them straight."
"She's gonna keep us straight," says Resident A. "She's gonna make us walk the line."
"Resident A, are you teasing me?" I asked.
Resident B looks at me and says quietly, "No, she's not teasing you. She's just..." and shakes her head, tapping the side of it with her index finger.