Suicide by Self-Neglect? - page 2

by BlueRidgeHomeRN

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i need some words of wisdom on how to most effectively care for a new home-care patient. this individual is currently being treated for their second cabg (3 vessel) after second or third mi. diabetic, amputated toes, old cva, two... Read More


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    Try being diabetic, it is not easy. Especially when people keep blaming you for your disease. Yes, it does cause depression, which in turn causes people to neglect their disease.
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    Quote from nur_1996
    yes, it does cause depression, which in turn causes people to neglect their disease.
    i am guessing that the etoh may be self-medication for the depression/frustration/anger at being sick. pt looked better at today's visit, bs fairly stable, weight down, o2 sats in high 90's, even when standing [still on 2l nc].:typing

    still, concerned about the empty beer cans, esp. with lortab. want to address the issue, but so far wife has been there, too. not sure if i've got enough trust yet to expect an honest response re: depression, drinking, and wanting to die vs wanting to get better?
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    Quote from Nur_1996
    Try being diabetic, it is not easy. Especially when people keep blaming you for your disease. Yes, it does cause depression, which in turn causes people to neglect their disease.
    It's not something I would want to have to live with, that's for sure. But there is a HUGE difference between a teenager who doesn't take their insulin when they don't get their way (very common) and a middle-aged person who eats candy by the pound, smokes, defiantly refuses to exercise, etc. and then wants everyone to feel sorry for them when they go blind, have legs amputated, etc. (even more common).

    Do you encounter cancer patients who think that not taking chemo will make their disease go away? Probably not.
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