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Difficult Decisions

No one ever wants to talk about "What if?"  We think we’re going to live forever.  But, as we know that is not the  case.    But there are many scenarios that should be considered that can indeed occur and are not pleasant to discuss.  Not only should they be discussed but information is necessary in order to understand the situation.  Will the patient get better?  Will they need rehabilitation?  Will they survive this illness and what will the quality of life be? Should you choose Hospice? Or Palliative Care?  Or continue with hospital treatment?  Nursing Resources can help to ask you about these things, ask the questions that give you information and help you to proceed with care or document your specific wishes. 

And what about situations where your family member continues to be hospitalized or ill, and you don’t know why or what questions to ask?  I helped a family in just this type of situation.  Their mother, who was healthy and spry had undergone chest surgery at age 80 to fix a hernia.  After her surgery, she began to get pneumonia over and over again, each time requiring hospitalization, IVs and antibiotics.  Each time she grew weaker, but finally got home.  I asked her daughter why she continued to get pneumonia.  She had no answers. 

I suggested that this was not typical and there was something else going on.  She asked me to go with her and her sister to the next Doctor visit.   When we met with the team of Doctors, they showed us her xrays and explained she had pneumonia and was being treated.  But what they didn’t focus on was a clearly defined pouch in her swallowing tube, or esophagus.  That pouch had been there before her surgery, was collecting food when she ate and caused her to inhale some, causing the pneumonia over and over.

I asked them why they had not fixed this issue before the chest surgery.  They had no answers.  I sat down with the sisters and their Mother and suggested they talk to an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) expert to see what could be done.  They got an appointment at a major University hospital and the Doctor there quickly fixed the problem with a minimally invasive procedure.  They were all thrilled with the results. 

These are some very real situations that I see every day in my profession that can have simple solutions.  Some of the choices the family members have to make are hard, but having an expert such as Nursing Resources help can make the process understandable and simpler.  These situations deserve thought and discussion with family members.  Nursing Resources LLC can ask questions that may help make things more clear. Then, decisions can be made with the proper information.  Would you want to be able to make these decisions now or let someone else guess what your wishes would be? Would you feel better if you knew the right questions to ask?

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