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Discussion in 'Snippets of Life (Non-Fiction)' started by Viswamitra, Dec 2, 2018.

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  1. nakshatra1

    nakshatra1 Platinum IL'ite

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    @viswa sir, so sorry to hear that you are closing the thread. It's from your posts that I came to know of this concept of hospice, and had the desire to render service to such patients in future sometime maybe as I feel it would be difficult for me. You are doing a good service to people in their vulnerable and important time, and also making people aware and more sensitive . Certain readers may be disturbed by seeing this thread as it's a grim reminder of realities of life , so they might have had such a harsh reaction to your posts. No doubt, your sincerity and genuine desire to help the patients comes across.Hopefully you will continue writing and inspire others to render services to humanity.
     
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    Hello Uncle ,

    its really sad to see that you have decided on not updating your experiences here . I didnt expect this at all . Though I dont come to comment often here , only reason being i dont have anything profound to say for the solemn volunteer service you do at the hospice . i do read every post you make here hoping someday if and when i decide to go for it many years into the future these experiences stay in the back of my mind. actually from your post only i learn about such a volunteer opportunity and many details about it , its not for everyone . not sure when the time comes if i would be able to do it or not actually but your sharing of your work there was very useful. please do come back to post here if you feel like later on.
     
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    @nakshatra1 and @Caughtinbetween,

    I appreciate your responses. At least for two of you, I will continue to post my experiences here in IL and I am sure many more are reading it regularly as well. Thank you for letting me know that you are regularly reading the updates in this thread.
     
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    thank you uncle .. glad to hear that you will continue writing . i am sure a lot of silent readers like me read your updates regularly and everyone would be happy to see this .
     
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    Saturday, November 16, 2019

    Senses Data: 19 patients - 4 deaths during the last 24 hours - 4 admissions

    I have carefully reviewed the senses data and found out nearly 11 patients were suffering from terminal illness. The rest are visiting hospice due to age-related illness, specific illness which is not considered life threatening. It is painful to see people in the age group of 80 are suffering MRSA because of their frequent visit to the hospital. Hopefully, some solution will be derived to eradicate MRSA especially those who needs the service of the hospital.

    We had 3 volunteers including myself. I was the youngest at the age of 65. A couple visited the Hospice only to see the facility before the husband's father was going to move into the Hospice care for a prolonged period of time. He expressed satisfaction by stating that the Hospice facility is better than the hospital. Only one patient came in during the duty time and I waited near him until the medical staff came to take care of him.

    One of the volunteers sent me an article about the language of the dying people and the subject was intriguing to me. I am yet to read that and I hope there would be something in that article that I would be able to relate while serving the patients.

    I am waiting for a period of time to work in the care center before I take other responsibilities like Rekii, family care, Veteran care, children's ward (This requires some more courage), life-time legacies, patient transportation, home visits, etc.
     
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    Viswa, I'm interested in hearing about this. When you read the article, please share some points here. A snippet or post, if you can make the time, would be welcome. Thanks.
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    @Amica

    Thank you for your response. I will read it leisurely and post the highlights here in this thread.
     
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    Monday, November 25, 2019

    18 patients including 1 new admission and 1 new admission canceled - In the last 24 hours, 7 eternal departures, 7 admitted in the last 24 hours and 5 discharged. Like what happened a few months back, one of the patients who was about to be discharged left the Hospice in his motorized wheel chair and 30 minutes later, the nurses came looking for him. We didn't realize he was a patient about to be discharged. Then I went out in search for him while the transportation company was looking for him in different direction. Finally, we found him parked near a lake and asked him to complete the Hospice discharge procedure before he left home. This time it was not a runaway but he was relaxing in a nearby lake before discharge and we mistook as a runaway.

    7 patients had some sort of cancer and others were suffering from age-related illness. The patient who came in was unconscious on arrival. The Ambulance staff shifted her carefully to the bed and the medical assistance took care of the rest. I was told to stand near the patient until the medical assistance are free to attend to the patient.

    Those who are wondering, why it is dated Monday instead of Saturday, last week, I have requested for a change in the shift to make it easier for me over the weekend which the Coordinator readily obliged. I happened to meet a buddy of my mine who delivers medicine to the patient I used to meet in book-review meetings. He was happy that he could see me every Monday now. There were only three males in the book review meetings and the third one is a pastor.

    The shift was uneventful. Two of my co-volunteers were over 80 years of age and has been volunteering for a while. They told me an incident that took place last Monday when they ended up pressing the panic button. The two visitors were in a fist fight inside the premises as well as outside. It looks like the cops came and took both of them to the Precinct.
     
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    Dear OP, this blog has evocative descriptions of the final moments of the dying people and their families reactions. Disclosing these here without the consent of the patient and their family might not be a wise choice. Please google and read about the moral and legal requirements of hospice workers around the privacy and confidentiality of the patients and about the limited effect of anonymising the patient information.

    A family member reading the descriptions can put two and two together and recognize their loved one's final moments and relive the past agony afresh.

    "Unconscious and gasping for breath", "Screaming non-stop", "Lung cancer patient lighting up two cigarettes", age, disease, profession garnered from their medical records, date of death information, the absence or presence of the family, the reason for absence. Sharing these graphic verbal descriptions is like sharing video clips of those moments with the dying patients faces blurred out.
     
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    One of the nurses called me to help a patient to be wheeled out for a smoke. He was in his 70s and was suffering from lung cancer. ... He said gently, "I came in on Christmas Eve and is likely to be discharged on January 1st".

    He lighted two cigarettes in a row and asked more about my family. I talked to him briefly about my family and asked him, "What about your family?" His response shook me up a little. He said, "I have no family left. My parents and two sisters died. I never married as I didn't want to have children. I am the last to go home".


    Only one patient was a major concern to all volunteers throughout our stay in the Hospice. She was constantly shouting at someone to get out and screaming non-stop. When we approached the nurse, she said, "the patient is in delirium and probably recalling some of her past happenings". The door was shut but I was very concerned that her shouting may make other patients nervous. The nurse clearly explained that they couldn't do anything to stop her screaming as she was given the maximum dosage for pain management.

    When I was carefully reviewing the census data to figure out the age and diseases of each patient, 1 patient's data attracted my attention. She was only 41 years old and was suffering from Hepatic failure. I googled it immediately to find out what it was.

    Saturday, April 27, 2019
    1 apparently was a veteran with national flag on top of the body taken out after I reported duty. Veteran's wife came by to check whether her husband left any personal belonging in his room. I accompanies her to his room as it was not assigned to any other patient at that time. She was very nice and apparently was expecting her husband's death due to his prolonged illness. There was so much to learn from her demeanor on a day she last her companion.

    Saturday, July 20, 2019
    Both were unconscious and gasping for breath. One was having a heart failure and another suffering from cancer.
     
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