Caregiver Corner: ‘Wet Winter Days’ by Christa Nunes

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Journal Entry: February 27, 2006 Koko loves raincoats. During the wet winters here in Northern California, there are many opportunities to put them to use. Koko recently received a bright yellow raincoat as a gift from one of our very dedicated volunteers. Koko tried to put it on, but it didn’t quite fit. She was able to detach the hood, and was carrying that around with her when I entered the room.   Christa: You have a hood. I have one too.   Koko: Purr# I put the hood of my raincoat over my head. Koko puts her yellow hood on top of her head and signs HAT on it several times. Koko takes the hood off her head and puts it on her foot.   Christa: Now you have a yellow shoe.   Koko: Purr# Koko works on her nest, adding blankets and carefully placing the rest of the rain jacket on the top of her nest. This location is reserved for Koko’s favorite blankets or fabric as the top layer will be in view while she sits in the middle of her nest. Sometimes Koko will spend 10-15 minutes building a nest before she sits and rests.   # Note: In Koko’s responses above, the pound symbol (#) after a word indicates that it is a vocalization by Koko; otherwise the word or phrase represents her response in American Sign Language. For example, Koko uses the PURR# vocalization when she is happy, and typically makes the KISS# vocalization when she wants to get someone’s attention.