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  1. I was working in LTC years ago and experienced something I won't soon forget. There was this Alzheimer's patient who was in his own little world most times. We would say hi to him and get nothing but a blank stare. His condition worsened and he was transferred to the critical unit. I stopped by his room one day and asked him how he was feeling. He looked right at me and said in a clear voice, " An angel came into my room last night and told me I'm going home soon." I believe he passed away within three days. Just thought I'd share this story with everyone as it lifts my spirits when I think of it. Anyone have a similar story? Chris
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  3. by   ptnurse
    What a neat story.
  4. by   cmggriff
    Whenever I have a patient talk to Jesus, God or some long lost family member I know that the end is near for them. I think anyone who has worked with older patients for any length of time has a similar story. It is always so gratifying for me to be able to ease the transition from one state to the next for these people. It's not just aboout saving lives. Gary
  5. by   nakitamoon
    My experience,,, with assisted living,,, the residents start saying they have people,,, coming from the walls,,, to see them or to float in the room,,,

    Assessing for significant change,,, there is none,,,, Asking if they are scared~~~ No!, they are angels,,,,, or No! my wife was there too ~~

    Just know soon it is there time,,,,

    Almost five years ago when I first took the job,,, my first experience with a resident who saw / experienced this I just thought,,,, with his diminishing eyesight,,, the shadows in his room,,,, but he talked with his church about it ~ openly With my staff ~ openly,,,, Then few weeks later he pasted away in his sleep,,,,,

    Since then,,, esp with the more independent,,,, higher functioning resident,,, this has been frequent occurance,,,,

    The building that houses our assisted living was built in 1920~ originally as a hospital,,, functioned as such till early 60's then has been retirement home,,,, now assisted living with skilled nursing unit on one wing,,,,

    Though not experiencing any 'strange' episodes myself,,, I believe,,, there is definitly some higher power,,, working along side of us

    ~~~kitamoon
  6. by   fedupnurse
    Originally posted by cmggriff
    Whenever I have a patient talk to Jesus, God or some long lost family member I know that the end is near for them. I think anyone who has worked with older patients for any length of time has a similar story. It is always so gratifying for me to be able to ease the transition from one state to the next for these people. It's not just aboout saving lives. Gary
    Boy Gary, are you ever right particularly about it's not just about saving lives. So well put. Often we as nurses are put in the position of making the docs back off when they are going against a patients wishes. I find this especially true in teaching hospitals. Even if you have "patient reps" in your hospital, there is no better patient advocate than a nurse. We are there all the time. We get to know the patients and their families. I cannot tell you how frustrated so many patients and or their families are because the docs don't paint a clear picture. It is so hard for them to make an informed decision if they aren't told solid, truthful information. "Let's give it another day" =he's going to be OK. I try to explain what happens with patients under similar circumstances and do whatever I can to ensure the patient is not suffering.
    The easiest way to strike fear in my heart is to hear a young viable patient say "I am dying or I am going to die".
  7. by   cactus wren
    The easiest way to strike fear in my heart is to hear a young viable patient say "I am dying or I am going to die".
    Soooooooo true.seems like a part of each of us IS atuned to a higher power when our time here is up.....
  8. by   nursedawn67
    Originally posted by cmggriff
    Whenever I have a patient talk to Jesus, God or some long lost family member I know that the end is near for them. I think anyone who has worked with older patients for any length of time has a similar story. It is always so gratifying for me to be able to ease the transition from one state to the next for these people. It's not just aboout saving lives. Gary
    I experience the same thing. They talk to someone long gone or to Jesus.
  9. by   VivaLasViejas
    I once had a 101 YO retired nurse on my ICF unit who used to make rounds with me on night shift. She was fairly "with it" until about 3 months before she passed away, and it was horrible for her---she knew she was losing it, and she'd wake up confused and afraid in the middle of the night, not knowing where she was, where her husband and children were, or even that they had all been dead for many years. All I could do for Lena was hold her while she cried for all she had lost: her life's work, her family, her independence, and now her memory. Then one night, Lena told me she had just visited with her youngest daughter Helen, and that Helen was coming soon to take her home. Being a new nurse at the time, I tried to re-orient Lena to time and place, but she insisted that she knew what she was talking about and would soon be going home with her daughter. It was about a week after this that Lena called me to her room and told me Helen was picking her up shortly after midnight. Around 1 AM I was down the hall, and I heard someone talking with Lena; I assumed it was one of the aides, but when I went in to check on her there was no one in the room but Lena, and sure enough, she had passed on. The weird thing was, none of the aides had been in Lena's room since the beginning of the shift.......so whose voice did I hear? Anyway, ever since that happened I've paid attention whenever someone tells me they're "going home". I figure they know better than I do.
  10. by   Audreyfay
    The night my grandma died, she asked several times, "what is that brilliant light?" It was a dreary rainy day. Several hours later she passed away, peacefully. I know where she went and that she will come to get me why it's my time.
  11. by   MomNRN
    My story is different yet similar. Ten years ago, my 2nd child died in infancy. Two years later, our 2nd daughter was born. When she was about 2-3 years old, she used to tell me that Jacob was riding in the backseat with her. Whenever we would drive past a cemetary, she would also tell us that he was buried in "a place like that," although we had never taken her to a cemetary or his gravesite. We didn't keep him a secret from her, yet he wasn't included in every conversation either. It was quite eerie. Makes you wonder...

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