Well..I had my first experience with a patient dying on my shift last week. I was expecting her death was going to be in the next day or so since she was on hospice, not eating/drinking, and had bloody stools when I changed her the night before. So I thought to myself, "watch..she is going to pass on me tonight, knowing my luck and especially since I'm new and scared about it." Sure enough, I got there and as soon as I started my rounds..I got to her room and she had just
passed (she was still pretty warm). I'm gonna have to say, I'm pretty good at dealing with death...I didn't feel sad, I didn't cry, and I didn't panic. However, I had a hard time doing post-mortem care! She died with her mouth open and there was dried up blood all on her tongue that I had to clean off. I couldn't do it. Her gown was soaked with all of her left over perspiration and I had to change that. I couldn't do that by myself. I had to pretend she was still alive to even be next to her. I guess I had the "heeby-jeebys" more than anything and I was feeling pretty grossed out. I am looking for any advice on doing and dealing with post-mortem care! I would also love to hear any and all of your experiences so that I can know a little more about what exactly happens when they pass and how you felt about it. Thanks!