Tell me what has been happening.

This is how I often start, begin the conversation, listen to the story from the perspective of the husband or wife, son or daughter.   They tell me about my patient, the deterioration, the frequent acknowledgment that things are getting worse, that they see the future.   And, the system, the trying to do itsContinue reading “Tell me what has been happening.”

Dying man

I thought I had aleady blogged about my patient and his dog.   I hadn’t.   He was breathless And now, I realise At the time, things were too raw too proximate to translate into 500-odd words of text.   The man was dying.   Heart failure, COPD, Frailty – The mechanism is not whatContinue reading “Dying man”

End of Life

I was involved in an interesting conversation this afternoon, during which, I was surprised to learn of the lack of understanding of dying – amongst colleagues who work in healthcare. I thought, to this end, and, given the ruling published today relating to the cessation of feeding and artificial hydration of people in Persistent VegetativeContinue reading “End of Life”

What I learned today…

  I have had the most amazing day – not only did I get to sit on The Angel of the North, I went to Fountains Abbey with my family and wandered round the beautiful ruins & gardens (if you haven’t been recently, it is worth the trip!). I also attended the Agile Conference inContinue reading “What I learned today…”