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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Bad News

Tonight I told someone that test results revealed they had renal failure. I saved it for my last call for the night and tried to help the family through the process of finding a specialist, knowing that it would only prolong life without really giving a lot of quality in living. I thought about how I would confront this situation as a healthcare provider.

Is prolonging life actually living life?

I've come to the conclusion that it's really up to the patient. If they believe that a prolonged life will bring them happiness, then I will do everything in my power to make sure that their life is prolonged as long as possible while trying to help provide quality to living. If they refuse treatment, I would try to help them retain life quality as they exit this mortal existence.

I am grateful to have the peace of the knowledge that we are spiritual beings having a mortal experience on this earth (not mortal beings having a spiritual experience). This tragic and happy life is not the end, there is so much more and so much more room to progress; so much more happiness to be lived.


Erin said...

Luckily for them, they get amazing dialysis nurses like me!! :)

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