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Alzheimer's Attack: Coping as Family & Nurse

by jeastridge - My friend’s eyes’ filled with tears as she told me the latest on her mom, “She keeps accusing me of stealing her things! Yesterday she said I came into her room and took her socks off while she was...

Hospice: A Dream or a Nightmare

by jeastridge - Hospice: A Dream or a Nightmare? I knocked the snow off my boots before knocking on the front door of the patient’s home. His daughter, Clara, opened it and with a tired smile invited me in. Her...

Making the Minutes Matter

by jeastridge - Christian Parish Nursing: Making Minutes Matter As I closed the door to the hospital room gently behind me, I glanced up at the wall clock to check my progress. I was running a little behind...

Hospice: What You Don't Know Can Hurt

by jeastridge - I took a seat on the kitchen chair that the daughter brought in. Pulling it up to the double bed, I tried to get close to my patient, a woman nearing the end of her battle with gastric cancer. She...

End Of Life Conversations With Families

by jeastridge - Talking about the end of life is not for the faint of heart. There are many obstacles, including our individual sense of immortality. It’s such a serious topic that I’d like to start with the story...

ICU By Default? A Parish Nurse Asks the Question

by jeastridge - ICU by Default? The Parish Nurse Asks a Question “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5 The...

Running on Empty

by jeastridge - "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28 Tears spilled over as I clicked off my cell phone and started the car, instructing my GPS to take me to my...

Accusing Hospice

by jeastridge - Accusing Hospice “While I was still in prayer, Gabriel, the man I had seen in the earlier vision, came to me in swift flight…He instructed me and said to me, ‘Daniel, I have now come to give you...

Hospice: True Death Sentence?

by jeastridge - I saw the owner of the small gift shop approaching me as I browsed through the cards. “May I help you find something?” she asked. I told her I was just looking around and asked her about the sign I...

Developing X-ray Vision: Caring for Difficult Patients

by jeastridge - As the EMS transport unit pushed the gurney out,I set my bag down on the empty chair before walking across the nursing home room to the Bob’s side. I introduced myself as his hospice nurse and asked...

Playing Games with Death

by jeastridge - Sometimes Death sits at the table Hand resting on the cards. We pull away, Not ready for the last trick, The trump card In the game of life. We put up a hand, Submit to shuffling through...

Hospice Nursing: A Season Pass

by jeastridge - “What brought you to work with hospice?” As we buckled our seat belts, I looked over at Brenda, our new nurse in orientation with the question.She described a prior life in customer service, then a...

Tender Touch - Its Long-Lasting Effects

by jeastridge - “People brought all their sick to him and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched him were healed.” Matt. 14:35-56 I arrived at the house ahead of the...

The Last Entry

by jeastridge - The Final Chapter “Therefore, we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” II Corinthians 4:16 Reaching over to click my seat belt...

To Say or Not to Say Hospice?

by jeastridge - Her niece met me at the door and whispered conspiratorially, “Don’t use the word ‘hospice.’ I’m afraid it will make her give up.” As she ushered me down the long hall to the dark room shut off from...


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