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Some News and Some Links

Let’s start with the links.

I am a big fan of Atul Gawande.  His latest article in the New Yorker, Letting Go, had me riveted.  If you are familiar with my blog, you know that I am a big proponent of knowing when to say when where advanced medical treatments are concerned.

There were many passages that resonated with me, but this one did so the most:

The difference between standard medical care and hospice is not the difference between treating and doing nothing, she explained. The difference was in your priorities. In ordinary medicine, the goal is to extend life. We’ll sacrifice the quality of your existence now—by performing surgery, providing chemotherapy, putting you in intensive care—for the chance of gaining time later. Hospice deploys nurses, doctors, and social workers to help people with a fatal illness have the fullest possible lives right now. That means focussing on objectives like freedom from pain and discomfort, or maintaining mental awareness for as long as possible, or getting out with family once in a while. Hospice and palliative-care specialists aren’t much concerned about whether that makes people’s lives longer or shorter.

Yes.  That exactly.

Next, I wanted to share a YouTube video that I saw at Head Nurse.   It’s called Orthopedia vs. Anesthesia and it touches on the single-mindedness some specialists have.   I laugh out loud every time I watch it.  As Jo says, it’s well worth the 3 minutes and 22 seconds that it will take to watch it.  Go!

If you haven’t read the Letter from Afghanistan on GruntDoc’s blog, you need to go do that.  Also well worth the few minutes it will take you to read it.

Lastly, there’s a new girl in my life.  She was born on July 22nd in the wee hours of the morning.  I went through the labor and delivery completely med and epidural-free.  Since there are apparently no medals handed out at the end of such an accomplishment, all one really gets are bragging rights, which I am going to take full advantage of right here.  :)


I am the luckiest mama in the world :)

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AWWW! They look so cute together!!

Thanks so much for linking to the Gawande article. GREAT, GREAT reading. So odd how the more technological advances we make, the more death becomes a taboo subject.

Wonderful photo!

I loved the YouTube thing.I’m an OR RN-sent it to my OR friends.Unfortunately, very true.

Wow…I just read the New Yorker article about Hospice. I worked as a Hospice social worker for 18 years and this was a wonderful article. Should be required reading for all docs and nurses. Sometimes nurses outside of hospice are less than helpful. They would tell our patients that we were starving them to death. Just after we had helped the family feel comfortable with backing off on forcing food on a dying family member. Thanks for directing readers to the article.

Beautiful babies- how cute! Great read too.

Congrats on your beautiful baby!! I’m so excited when I hear of drug free births! I’m a doula :) I had my first drug free birth in January of this year

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  • profileI am Gina. I have been a nurse for 15 years, first in med/surg, then CVICU, inpatient dialysis, CCU and now hospice. This blog is about my experiences as a nurse, and the experiences of others in the healthcare system - patients, nurses, doctors, paramedics. We all have stories!

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