Monthly Archives: February 2012

Prognostication

One of the most frequently asked questions in my hospice work is something like, “How long do you think we have?”  Meaning, when is death gonna come?  Helping determine length of life expectancy is called prognostication. There are patterns to consider … Continue reading

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Observation

One of the most important roles in my work is to observe signs and symptoms.  This includes doing vital signs and laying my eyes on a person to actually see behaviors and clues that help make a nursing diagnosis. Spending time … Continue reading

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Pet Therapy

I have been gone from my pet (Judah) for many days this past week.  My first real night with him was very special and I thought a lot about clients at the end of their life. There was this deep … Continue reading

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New View

My location has changed for today, I am looking at life from the ocean at Cocoa Beach Florida.  Activity and sounds of life on the coast stir new views on life. There’s a rest, is that from sounds of waves and realizing … Continue reading

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Not a Performance

I have been trying to process through the verbal comments I hear regarding my work.  The process has been necessary and helpful. The most important perspective is that my work is not a performance.  There is no planned choreography, no scripts, no calculated … Continue reading

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Pets

I just want to acknowlegde how important pets are in our lives.  Watching this beautiful connection in my home makes me more in tune to pets in a home where there is a dying client. Dogs, cats, birds, rabbits…any kind of … Continue reading

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and then gone…

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