Month: March 2016

Undying Love, Hope, and Communication

I received an early morning phone call from my aunt. “Your mother is very upset. She doesn’t know what to do. You need to stop pressuring her about treatment. Dick is dying and the doctors told her he doesn’t need all these tests. You should not go down to visit today.” Decision-making for caregivers has…

Undying Love in the Hospital

The healthcare system has a very distinct line separating hospital care from outpatient care. Hospitals are expensive and so they are the main target of cost containment. ┬áHere is where caregivers need to me the most vigilant. They moved Dick out of the ICU after he received his most critical treatments–loading of the new anti-arrhythmia…

Undying Love End of Life Care

Dick would commonly be thought of as my stepfather because he married my mother, but since they have only been married for nine years I consider him my mother’s husband. ┬áHe’s a wonderful man who is dying of renal cancer, and I am his healthcare proxy. As a physician assistant and because I know Dick…