Relative: Doctor, I believe my mum is dying, I want us to stop the antibiotics/fluids/oxygen/etc. Doctor: No, I feel we should continue, there might be some improvement (aka other blandishment/platitude).
Jemima, a little more oxygen running through her arteries, her blood-pressure moderately increased is admitted to hospital.
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 […]
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 […]
It is like squeezing in to too small shoes. It can be done, it is awkward and, you can get about, but you look odd and you will soon get blisters.
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. […]
We need to unlearn some of what we have taken-on, those of us who have moved through the profession and we need to support those who have just arrived to hold-on to their beginner’s mind
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 […]