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A lesson of life

Rata Vasilica Timeia
Language: English
Country: Romania
Typology: health care professionals
In a center of Iasi a patient named Daraban aged 79 years was hospitalized and we knew he was in terminal phase. He was a short ma , with blue bright eyes with no mood for living , not knowing what will happen to him, what is he doing here in the middle and what will happen tomorrow . Due to serious illness and general serious health condition, the patient was standing with the knees flexed to the chest, rigid, he swallowed hardly, just water, and was not collaborating at all. His daughter was the one who brought him to the center, she did not have a very strong relationship with her father, but the human consciousness did not let her abandon him . Together with the medical team in the center we developed a plan of care , both mentally , physically and medication to the patient. We started by getting to know his daily habits , to show him that we understand him as person, that we understand his suffering and that together we can find a solution to adapt to the new life according to the disease and its evolution. Every day we gave the patient patience, kindness and subtle care : he was fed with a spoon, mashed food, his feet positioned slightly stretched , kinesiology , encouragement both for the patient and family. After countless discussions with the patient, he regained his self-esteem, respectful to others, family . The patient had worked 40 years in education, he was an important man in his village , a role model for his fellow villagers , but he did not have a good relationship with his family, he was divorced for 20 years . His wife did not react very well to his development. The patient went home on his feet . The patient has strengthened the relationship with the family who understood that they must be accepted as they are and to help each other , but after a week the patient died alone in his home . Through narrative medicine you can imagine the patient's point of view , reflect on personal clinical experience of the patient to adopt a perspective of care according to disease and patient with his family.

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