Have you taken care of any patients who've had any?
The first time I had a patient who was apparently having one was a lady who kept looking straight ahead at the wall & having conversations with someone named Mary that no one else could see. Come to find out from her adult son, Mary was his aunt who was deceased. The patient died a few days later.
Another one was recently. She was an elderly lady who was so weak, she could barely speak and definately was unable to assist us when we would turn her from side to side. Well, while we were all sitting in the nurses station charting and it was quiet, we heard her talking. Her room was beside the nurses station and we kept the door open. We all looked and the lady was SITTING UP IN BED and talking loud enough that we could hear from outside the room. When asked who she was talking to, she said it was a little girl dressed in white who keeps coming to see her. A little while later, the lady was back the way she was before she had that visitor we couldn't see. We told her niece about it the next morning when she came to visit and she said several of their family members have also talked of a little girl dressed in white coming to see them soon before death. That lady also died a few days later.
Neither of these patients had been medicated with anything that would cause hallucinations and neither were confused patients. I've heard of other nurses who've seen these kinds of things happen. Have you?
Yes! I have seen this with at least 5 patients. My own mother kept thinking her brother (dead for 22 years at the time) was in her room and during the last 2 weeks of her life. She would be surprised when we came in the room and asked her who she was talking to. She would say "Oh, Steve was just here". I was comforted by the thought that she had him there to guide her. Even if it was just a hallucination, it was a good one. I have seen other patients reach out their hands to some unseen person as if they were trying to get up out of bed and leave with someone. Many people speak of "dreaming" about loved ones who have already passed and talking to them. I have never had a patient with bad dreams/visions before death thankfully. That happens too.
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I have seen it before and am sure i will in the future. I have never seen it upset a patient. They usually seem very content and matter of fact when they have these visions.
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When my aunt passed away after a battle with cancer, she sat straight up in bed, raised her arms toward the sky, and said "they're beautiful" and then passed away calmly.
I've had a patient tell me the angel was there for her on the CT table.. she died a few hours later...
If a patient sees angels, I'll round up the code cart. Many of my patients have also wanted to sit up, to put their feet on the ground... I don't know why that is, but they seem to pass away soon afterwards.
I've found you can also tell by a look in their eyes sometimes... it's a glassy look, like they've already left. Hard to explain, but once you see it, intuition really tells you what's up.
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