The amount of information client’s get in medical conversations, especially regarding prognosis can be so overwhelming. It’s crucial to have a second person hearing the words!
I have concerns and sadness when hospice patients/families commonly tell me,
“I’ve never been told that before.” Unfortunately, what they are referring to can be a portion of their diagnosis and or how close they are to the end of their life.
Stress and disease can prevent us from hearing what is said to us. But, I also know there are times when the medical community doesn’t say what needs to be said. There are key points in medical care to sit down, capture the attention, give our time and walk in to the grief with these people.