Quote from natrgrrl
... A 38 yo new admit with stroke. He just wanted us to let him die and how could I fault him for that! ...
I've had very little experience ... But once had a pt in her late 60's w/severe stroke. Did total care on her for the better part of a week. She had an NG tube for feeding. She was completely unresponsive to anything.
Had 1 day off.
Returned to work. Went to her room, and asked the lady in the chair where Mrs. X might be. <clang-sound of my jaw hitting the floor> It was her, sitting in the chair, reading the paper, fully dressed. Alert! Looking good! hmmmm. There's always an exception to give others hope. And 1981, that was before the new stroke Tx, so today there's even more hope.
About your decision. Only you can do it, but hang in there for a while. Maybe it's just this one rough spot, and there are oodles of types of nursing. Follow your heart!!