It went better than I imagined.
I pictured tears and tight hand holding while trying not to look into each other's eyes.
He renowned for pioneering a new outlook towards death, slowly chipping away at fear and sterotypes while do it.
Here is an excerp from one of his publication, "The Four Things That Matter Most:"
Please forgive me," "I forgive you," "Thank you," and "I love you."
The Four Things are everyday guides for doing the right thing, for reconciling the rifts that divide people, and for cutting through old history—because you just never know.
Powerful real-life stories culled from Dr. Byock’s and other counselors’ patients who used the Four Things in all sorts of life situations show the possibility of interpersonal healing and wholeness, even in the wake of tragedy or the face of death. From a granddaughter’s last days with her ailing grandmother to a teenage girl’s first hour with her estranged father, these stories are “Every Day with Morrie”, enabling readers to imagine how they can use the Four Things in their own lives.
These eleven words can improve all relationships—at any time. Using the Four Things, Dr. Byock also reclaims the traditional meaning of “good-bye” as “God be with you”—a blessing that we all can use, whether parting from someone for an hour, a day, or at the end of a lifetime.
Now, Pick up your jaws.
Just like I thought this morning, hospice does not require a "dead by" date. I thought it was a year of living left.
No. It's not, nothing like that.
What we're working out is an individualized program where I can control mt pain at home. My last three visits have been for pain related issues alongside some other ailment.
They now think I have addison's. I'm getting the ACTH Stimulataion Test tomorrow.
It's ordered to assess the functioning of the adrenal glands stress response by measuring the adrenal response to adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH). ACTH is a hormone produced in the pituitary gland that stimulates the adrenal glands to release cortisol.
Thank you wikipedia.
THIS DOES NOT MEAN I CAN NOT RECEIVE TEATMENT. I'll contine running to the doctor for huge issues like my lungs. I just hopefully won't be running to the hospital for things like pain management.
I was alway curious about working in palliative care, mostly becaue their charge was the largest on my bill, but it's a unique subsect of nursing. Nothing quite parallels it.
It also calls to vie a unique set of symptoms the some nurses in other speciailties may not realize. Yes, there are symptoms of dying. Here they are if you want to look: http://www.amitabhahospice.org/public/helpful_info/signs_of_dying.php
These guys don't give a timeline which would be helpful. I don't think I have less than weeks. I am experiencing many of the signs, but these can also be due to other pathologies. We'll see about that.