It’s a little chilly in your bathroom, but, you are sweating and have the fan strategically blowing in your face. Your color is pale, almost like a pre tanned vacation photo except you have look that alerts others you aren’t well. Eyes are sunken, the brightness that once was there is no more. The dark… Continue reading Thank You
I’ve often noticed that when people ask what I do, the response is often whispered back. I say I am a hospice nurse and most of the time, the person questioning will say “hospice nurse”, as if it were a bad word, as if by them saying it some crazy thing will happen and it will… Continue reading That’s A Dirty Word
Where you there when you could no longer speak? Was your soul still present? Could you hear us all around your bed.. talking with you… sometimes happy.. sometimes sad? When was the moment that you let go? A lot of times, when people are passing, they fall into states where they are no longer responsive. … Continue reading When Did You Go?
As I often do, I found myself thinking about things I could blog about tonight… Should I talk about the lady with dementia who responds to basically no one and nothing but responded to a chocolate doughnut I brought her? Or would it be better to blog about the man, whose wife is clearly passing,… Continue reading A Mixed Bag
They tell us to create boundaries in order to protect ourselves. Try to limit how much of yourself you give. When a nurse works in a hospital, it’s a little easier to do this. You see your patients for a shift or two and then it’s on to the next crew. But, when you see… Continue reading Boundaries
I have to admit that I was super apprehensive about making this career change. Death is something that scares the bejeezus out of me. As a critical care nurse for many years, death was often times an answer to endless suffering. That doesn’t ever mean that I got comfortable with it. But, because I never… Continue reading Week Two or Weak, Too?
“The human spirit is tougher than anything that can happen to it” C.C. Scott There are so many medical mysteries that the brightest of minds have pondered and come up with no explanation. How does a patient who has failing kidneys and called it quits on dialysis continue to survive? The kidneys filter out all… Continue reading Titanium Doesn’t Stand A Chance
I once read something that said that the rich stay rich by never giving anything away. Does that mean that the poor remain poor by giving everything away? Is generosity a trait that is only possessed by those with less? I’ve thought about this a lot… It seems that those with the least are more… Continue reading The Least and The Most