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Assisting a person die is another harsh task for nurses

Last minutes human touch to pass away peacefully.

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Trensitas Wgmg is feeling hopeful. May 7 at 11:05 AM

Last night on my guard 😞💔:

I felt the need to help someone die that I didn’t know.

NO, “I didn’t kill her” and she didn’t die on my shift,

I just took some minutes to caress her hair. And immediately her expression of pain changed, gasping even with oxygen to the fullest.

She almost unconscious snuggled his cheek in my hand, like “taking refuge”.

I said” Sleep. You’re not alone, we’re taking care of you!”.

I let her for a few minutes rest in the palm of my hand, and with the right I accommodate her mask and kept stroking her hair.

Her breath started to relax and went down.

She made a very touching gesture of relief, sticking to my hand and she fell asleep feeling accompanied.

When I left, I put a savannah roll to replace my hand on her cheek, careful not to wake her up.

I know it was her last hours, but at least I’m going, knowing she’ll pass away peacefully.

There is no medicine that relieve the emotional pain of a dying man. Nothing can replace a minute of human warmth for those who has nothing left but a few hours or a few minutes…

And that because of COVID and strict isolation that last moment is living in solitude away from their loved ones

There is always time, you can’t always, but when you can, let’s make all this lockdown not be in vain

When medicine and medical body already gave everything they had to give, our presence is all they have.

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Note: From the onset of this pandemics, I reiterated the need to figure out methods Not to let victims be isolated from the voice and videos of their dear relatives.

Surgeons:  of “The Good Old Days?”,  (January 27, 2009)

Surgeon Bernard Debre described the surgeon job in one of his chapters.  The first paragraph is about technicalities.  The surgeon arrives to work before dawn to visit yesterday’s patients, he reassure the ones submitting to surgery, and then he reviews his files.  The operating room is ready and occupied by the nurses and anesthesiologists.  Five to seven hours later, the surgeon re-emerges happy, tired and a bit tense. The post operative stage starts with the patient sleeping off his anesthetic, in a special room in order to monitor all the vital parameters before his waking phase.

Now comes the paragraph on the good old attributes of surgeons during the good old days.  The surgeon is in consultation with his patients and fields questions and apprehensions, listens intently, and encourages communication and comprehension of the procedures.  He then visits those who were operated in the morning.  Many surgeon have to stay for night shift to receive emergency cases. 

Usually, the surgeon is off by 8 p.m. to return at dawn.  The surgeon is to “serve and share”; he is to serve man and alleviate his suffering and keep him alive; he is to share the emotions, apprehension, suffering, anxieties, sadness, and possibly happiness of the patients.  The surgeon might not sleep a wink worrying about whether “he has done all that should have been done, has he been up-to-date on the latest procedures and technologies”.  Being a surgeon is not just being dext in the fingers but resolving to many sacrifices.

I have submitted lately to a surgery. I saw the surgeon a fleeting moment before going to sleep (anesthesized) and then ten days later.  Yes, the surgeon serves barely two days in this hospital, and by his next arrival I was already out.  Ten days later, the surgeon didn’t have the tools or patience to remove the stitches so that he sent me to the emergency room for that task. 

Nobody explained to me what to expect after surgery, the complications for being overdosed on antibiotics, the deformations in my face (my normal figure not to my liking that much anyway), how long I should expect to revert to normalcy, whether a nerve has been severed, why I have the impression that I am chewing my mouth, and why the surgeon is not returning my calls.   

Nowadays surgeons have still dexterity in the fingers, I like to assume, and enjoy a wide range of support systems to perform surgery and they are still trained to wake up early.  Is the new generation surgeons’ motto “to serve and share” still valid practically? 

No wonder that the best candidates in medicines are opting for other lucrative specialties that set distances with the patients and their bothering inquiries.  No wonder that surgeons are enlisted in many hospitals for “part-time” tasks of performing the surgery and be gone and letting the nurses take care of everything. No wonder nurses are prized additions to hospital staff, since they are shouldering most of the responsibilities for modicum wages.




September 2021

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