How could you give up and do NOTHING? - page 2

One of my most memorable patients was Pete*. 85 year old Pete had come from a nursing home with significant abdominal pain and vomiting. After a quick trip through the ED, he got himself a CT of the... Read More

  1. by   WoundcarePhilRN
    After over 26 years of seeing patients die long drawn out deaths, I'm all for Hospice. Just because we can keep people alive longer does mean we should. It's inhumane to do this to elderly people. Many times it's done to simply bill Medicare. I think code status should be strenuously addressed on admission.
  2. by   VivaLasViejas
    I'm strongly in favor of hospice in these situations. They are not only great during the patient's dying process, but they're there for the family both during it and afterwards. I have a wonderful hospice grief counselor who calls and visits often; I can't imagine how much money I'm saving on therapy right now! What a wonderful gift to have someone follow me for 13 months after my husband's death and be there whenever I need her.
  3. by   catsmeow1972
    A couple of years ago, my grandmother passed away at the age of 99. She was quite healthy up until the last maybe 6 years or so. Around then she started complaining about "feeling weak" but could not be more specific than that. She reluctantly started using a walker, but you could tell that just picking up her feet was an effort. Some degree of dementia also started in. After 2 falls (that we knew about and God knows how many we didn't) we moved her into an assisted living place that also had a pretty high level of nursing care. After about 6 months of gradual decline, she had an MI that was the cause of death. Up until the last day or so of her life, the cardiologist (the new one near where she was now living) was pushing for a TAVR procedure to fix the aortic stenosis that was finally determined to be the cause of both the vascular dementia and the "weakness" (with lousy blood flow to the legs and the head, that makes sense.) The guy had to be smoking something. A highly technical procedure on a demented, weak 99 year old woman for what end? Geez. She was 99 and had a wonderful long life. Worked until 82 and drove until almost 90. She'd outlived all her friends and with the dementia, she was more afraid than anything else. What kind of a lousy physician even thinks that such a procedure would be ethical, not to mention even useful, on such a patient. Needless to say, we declined and she passed away peacefully.
  4. by   moldyoldyrn
    What kind of MD? One who thinks they can cure anything and has a god complex they are working out. Agreed he was probably smoking something. So many practitioners look past the patient only to the disease that they feel they have to eradicate. Trouble is they wind up eradicating the patient in the process. If you gave your loved one the care she needed and kept her comfortable and happy then you did your due diligence and loved her the best you could. I applaud you.
  5. by   Dgrant580
    I worked as a hospice nurse for 2 years. It was some of most rewarding times that Ive had a nurse. I am amazed a the compassion and caring that hospice nurses give to their patients.
  6. by   Verygreennurse
    Made me cry. But good tears. Thanks for sharing.