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How narrative medicine works

Concepción Cisneros
Language: English
Country: Spain
Typology: patients and relatives
I attended my mother sick with cancer for two years. My father, my brothers and I'll take care of it the best we could during the last months of his life. We accompanied her to the doctor, we gave to her the food, and especially we were there for her to attend her needs and support her pain. For my were a very hard and intense months in which I learned a lot, not only to take care of patients, but treat them with dignity and have more patience. My mother was weakening every day and we could not do anything, just tried, at the end of her life, to make it as comfortable as possible. The pains he suffered were very strong and he was taking painkillers, but not until it sedated, we didn't want it to become a vegetable, but also we wanted it suffer unnecessarily. From outside, you learn that a caregiver not only need give love but know how you react to certain times critics of disease, being sometimes necessary psychological assistance not only the patient but to those around him, since large stressful situations are created in which the sick who due to their suffering, loses reason and creates conflicts with the caregiver. Currently preparation in conflict resolution is necessary to not to worsen the situation, already if serious. Psychological support for families and caregivers is even more important to support the patient.

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