I Double Dawg Dare You, Do It! - page 5
In nursing we all do things that we look back on and we are proud of. Even though we do it we don't always acknowledge it. So I double dawg dare you, just HOW have you made a difference in a single... Read More
Jan 13, '06I have a few things that come to mind, but I think the most heartwarming for me was the gentleman who was brought to our ER from a nursing home with apparent pneumonia and was in respiratory distress. For whatever reason, the overwhelmingly busy night we had been mustering through had settled down just before he arrived. His two daughters came in shortly after he arrived.
We got him settled down, but it was quite clear to the doctor and myself that our patient was a very sick man. With that, I spoke to his daughters, explained their dad's prognosis, and told them I would happy to honor their wishes for his care, whatever they chose. These times are extremely difficult... and luckily they were in agreement, deciding to sign a DNR. We all cried together, and I stressed to them that they should never feel guilty for the decisions they made.
I stayed with them and their dad, making sure he was comfortable, answering any questions they had, and encouraging them to talk to him. After a little bit, both daughters gave their daddy kisses and told him it was ok to go be with thier momma. I knew it wouldn't be long, and it wasn't. Their dad went to his wife in just a matter of moments.
I felt such a bond with that family, and I really don't know why. It was meant to be. A couple of days later, I read his obituary in the newspaper, and imagine my surprise and emotion when at the end of it the daughters wrote a special thanks for the caring and compassion of me and the ER doctor. They even thought so much as to send a thank-you card to us and enclosed copies of the obituary. I still cry every time I tell that story.