What can I do or say??? - page 2

by loveanurse777 3,301 Views | 14 Comments

I have a patient 94 yo, patient. Cannot walk. If he could he would sleep himself into oblivion. However, his family insist on dragging this poor man for half the day. They force feed him breakfast lunch and dinner. Patient has... Read More


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    Take care of yourself.
    You did your job...you provided the education...you were honest with them, they were just not in a place to hear and comprehend.

    I also just did a death visit that included a hysterical adult daughter at the bedside.
    It just is NOT easy somedays to be a hospice professional.
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    Quote from tewdles
    Take care of yourself.
    You did your job...you provided the education...you were honest with them, they were just not in a place to hear and comprehend.

    I also just did a death visit that included a hysterical adult daughter at the bedside.
    It just is NOT easy somedays to be a hospice professional.
    The son called me again today. Tearful begging me to visit. I always visited on Fridays. I had 5 other patients to see, but I stopped by quickly. He was still so sad and crying inconsolably. His family are at loss on how to help him. This 40 year old man spent his life loving and taking care of his dad. He quit his job when his dad got weak and took care of him. Now he doesn't know what to do with himself. This poor guy. Being in the house today without my patient there...it was weird. He was my first admit as a hospice nurse. So he meant a lot to me. I'm glad he is in peace though now.
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    Quote from loveanurse777
    The son called me again today. Tearful begging me to visit. I always visited on Fridays. I had 5 other patients to see, but I stopped by quickly. He was still so sad and crying inconsolably. His family are at loss on how to help him. This 40 year old man spent his life loving and taking care of his dad. He quit his job when his dad got weak and took care of him. Now he doesn't know what to do with himself. This poor guy. Being in the house today without my patient there...it was weird. He was my first admit as a hospice nurse. So he meant a lot to me. I'm glad he is in peace though now.
    Has this son agreed to meet with your grief professional?
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    I think you did everything in your power to prepare the son! Denial can be so strong when to others reality is so clear, but thank you for your compassion and kindness. Such a sad situation. Calling the on call chaplain is the only additional thing you could have done, but maybe you did and just did not write it here.
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    Quote from Bubbles
    I think you did everything in your power to prepare the son! Denial can be so strong when to others reality is so clear, but thank you for your compassion and kindness. Such a sad situation. Calling the on call chaplain is the only additional thing you could have done, but maybe you did and just did not write it here.
    Family refused chaplain services. Called the MSW to come STAT.
    tewdles likes this.


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