The Patient I Failed - page 32

She knew what she wanted. She'd watched her husband of 52 years die on a vent, and followed his wishes to remain a full code. But she knew that was not what she wanted for herself. So, she... Read More

  1. Visit  dpcRN profile page
    Thank you... this article sums up my feelings. One of the main reasons why I've left ICU & moved to Emerge.
    gypsyd8 and Emergent like this.
  2. Visit  rnglimpse profile page
    been there in that situation but you presented it very well.. congratulations!
  3. Visit  NunyaBizzness profile page
    I know this was posted 5 years ago, but I happened upon it while reading about the 2013 story contest. That being said, WOW! What a beautiful, well-written, powerful, (I could go on forever) heartfelt story! It actually brought tears to my eyes! I love how you added the bits of the living will along with what was actually occurring. KUDOS TO YOU!
    Oh, and by the way, you, in NO shape or form, failed this patient. Her daughter, who I'm sure was grief-stricken and distraught and a little bit selfish, did.
    Two thumbs up!
  4. Visit  Emergent profile page
    Very moving story, anyone who has worked in that setting can relate to this heart wrenching situation.
  5. Visit  krisiepoo profile page
    I just saw something similar as a student, I was so saddened by this and even more upset because I use to help people write their living wills and at the time didn't realize they weren't followed

    Thank you for caring for her so tenderly
  6. Visit  Lev <3 profile page
    This is so sad, but drives the point across very strongly.
  7. Visit  Glycerine82 profile page
    I am bawling. *sob*
  8. Visit  jrwest profile page
    Sad situation. Could Ethics have been brought in?
  9. Visit  Blue Roses profile page
    This is unspeakably horrible. I don't really know what to say. I was crying after reading this and my husband was looking at me like "What's wrong" so I read it to him. He's not in healthcare but he was horrified.

    You did not fail the patient.

    That daughter failed her mother.
  10. Visit  heatherj76 profile page
    What a beautifully written, devastating post. We struggle losing the ones we love, but at some point we need to let go, and when we don't the results are rarely positive.

    Just...stunning post, writer. I don't have many more words.
    Emergent likes this.
  11. Visit  NutmeggeRN profile page
    You did not fail your patient, the child failed their mother.
  12. Visit  gypsyd8 profile page
    This is why I hate this job.
    calivianya likes this.

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