March 15th, 2010, was a completely normal day. As normal as any day is for a twelve year old homeschooler. I was home with my oldest sister Brittany who was twenty at the time and I was just finishing up my homework for the day. After finishing up my math work I went to go watch television in the living room. Brittany was in her room and my parents didn't get home until later because of work. A few hours into my movie, my stomach started to hurt. Since I was twelve I didn't no the differences of pain so I just left it alone for a while. Later in the day my abdomen was aching so much I couldn't even get off the couch. After wailing for Brittany to call Mom I was sent to the emergency room in an ambulance with severe abdomen pain. After several hours in the ER and multiple tests, doctors found nothing. I was sent home and was told to take Tylenol for the pain. Once I got home, it didn't hurt anymore so I thought they were right and that I could just go on with my crazy life as a twelve year old. I was wrong. Two months after, I got the same
END OF LIFE ISSUE- YOU DECIDE With major advancement in medical treatments, it is now possible to keep a patient alive, which would not have been possible in former times. This has made end of life issue one of the most controversial issues in healthcare. Medical improvements have set the stage for ethical and legal controversies about not only the patient’s rights but also the family’s rights and the medical profession’s proper role. It is critical that any decision made in such situation is ethical and legal to preserve the rights of the patient and also protect the healthcare institution involved. It is very important when making decisions to discontinue treatments to make sure all other alternatives have been explored.
On Death and Dying By Elisabeth Kubler-Ross For my book review, I read On Death and Dying, by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. Dr. Kubler-Ross was the first person in her field to discuss the topic of death. Before 1969, death was considered a taboo. On Death and Dying is one of the
David Je UIN: 650322242 First Paper Assignment – Compare and Contrast “Tuesdays with Morrie” and “The Death of Ivan Ilych” both portray a character who is dealing with a serious terminal illness and advance knowledge of their deaths. One story is based on the realistic life of an American professor with the story’s characteristics tone from the 1990’s while the other is set during nineteenth century Russia. Even though Morrie Schwartz and Ivan Ilych both suffered from the illness, their dissimilar lifestyles and beliefs led to different perspective on facing death. One views the knowledge as a blessing and an opportunity to share his life experiences before making his final good-byes, the other agonizes in pain and begs for an
Our society finds it difficult to talk about dying and euphemisms are the norm. It is typical for both doctors and patients to be hesitant to initiate a discussion on dying. Focus instead is often more often placed on interventions and actions for managing symptoms. This avoidance can leave patients and their families unprepared for the inevitable death. (Schapira, 2010) It also often results in requests for therapies which may be excessive, costly and even painful in the hopes for a cure. One study demonstrates that when patients are aware that they are terminally ill, the majority are able to reach a state of peacefulness and also exhibit lower levels of distress. (Ray, Block, Friedlander, Zhang, Maciejewski & Prigerson, 2006) It is also important that family members are willing to discuss end-of-life options with their loved ones. According to elderly patients, they are most often the ones who initiate these conversations with their
to what the hospice have provided them with. This essay will also explain how the hospice is the alternative to euthanasia, pain and suffering. The Hospice movement represents one Christian response to pain and suffering. What is a Hospice? A hospice is a home for the care of terminally ill (People who are dying). The aim of a hospice is to improve the quality of life of the dying
Terminally ill people shouldn't have the rights to end their lives. This is because they never know when they might get better to be pulling a plug on their lives like that. They also may hurt many loved ones with these kinds of situations. There are medications and other things to get people back to being healthy. Although we may face life challenging things in sickness, there never should be a giving up moment to end a life or yours. First, people get sick terminally thinking they can't survive and then negativity really gets to them and they turn up dying. I feel to believe it's suppose to be mind over matter when your sick best thing to do is have faith and believe your going to get better. Being terminally sick doesn't always mean your
Prologue I watched as my family said goodbye as a I lay in my hospital bed, breathing raspily. I told them that I loved them. I tried to reach out for my mother’s hand, but was stopped by the short slack of all the tubes and wires
Cancer!? Yes, that is right I was diagnosed with cancer at twenty four years old. I knew right away that things in my life would no longer be the same from this day forward. Let me take you back to where it all started.
Care team members need to be aware of this tendency to overestimate survival, to reduce residents’ and families’ potential distress.
Have you ever lost someone you loved? How did you feel? I would have never guessed that cancer would take someone so important in my family.
This was a typical day for Richard Wolf, who awoke to the sound of sirens that resonated through the windows of his home. Richard got up and run towards the window to shut it, so his three-year-old daughter wouldn't awake. As Richard began to get ready for his day, he sensed that somehow the day would go abysmally wrong. Before Richard went about his day, he came close his bed, gently shook his wife's back and whispered in her ear,
Discussion Previous studies suggested that the ED is highly utilized by patients with terminal cancer in Saudi Arabia.12,13 This mandated research to identify the pattern and causes of EDVs by patients with terminal cancer in our setting. The current study is probably the first from our region to address this issue. Themajority (77%) of patients with
When we experience pain, our brain is actually telling us that we are feeling pain. There are sensory receptors on our skin that is responsible for sending signals to nerve fibers which is then accounted for transmitting messages to the spinal cord and onto the brainstem where it finally distributes to various parts of the brain where the sensation is registered as pain. To briefly put it, pain is a sensorial-cerebral event. This is usually why sometimes we have a delayed reaction to a cut or a burn and also why we can take medication to alleviate pain. Though suffering and pain are nearly synonymous, suffering is actually the psychological response to the feeling of pain. As such, one’s definition of suffering vary from one another and while pain can usually be treated, suffering cannot be mitigated by medication.
I sharply inhaled as I heard the muffled sound of footsteps, tuning them out to return to my slumber. However, the footsteps continued to pitter patter outside my door. Groggily, I got up and opened my bedroom door expecting to see my brother messing around in the hallway. What I did not expect was to see a team of Emergency Medical Technician’s struggling to get my father onto a stretcher down the stairs. It was the summer before my senior year of high school and my siblings usually stayed up late binging the latest addictive series on Netflix. But tonight was radically different from other late nights. Now at this moment I was paralyzed with fear and had no idea that the events that would unfold next would test my endurance in the most strenuous way.