Sweetest Patient

  1. Hi All,

    I just wanted to share with you my thoughts of a patient I had last night. This wonderful little soul was only 19 years old, profoundly retarded, cerebal palsy, blind, many many physical ailments too numerous to mention. This little angel was trached for some time, can not see nor hear you but when I was caring for her last night she just giggled and smiled. I nearly broke out in tears ! How can someone so helpless and innocent with such horrific medical problems find the inner strength to smile? I just can imagine what her life has been like, I found myself wondering what makes her happy, she loved having her hair brushed, face washed, mouth care, she suckles like a baby when you do mouth care. My God, so many of us take for granted how much good we have in our lives, I know I take for granted many things which I will certainly try to look at differently. I just can't stop thinking about her.
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  3. by   WalMart_ADN
    aren't kids AMAZING?? we have a little CF'er on our floor right now, who when she has her vest on for her PD&C sings when it's on cause she likes how it makes "her voice wiggle"...
  4. by   ktwlpn
    Originally posted by BadBird
    Hi All,

    I just wanted to share with you my thoughts of a patient I had last night. This wonderful little soul was only 19 years old, profoundly retarded, cerebal palsy, blind, many many physical ailments too numerous to mention. This little angel was trached for some time, can not see nor hear you but when I was caring for her last night she just giggled and smiled. I nearly broke out in tears ! How can someone so helpless and innocent with such horrific medical problems find the inner strength to smile? I just can imagine what her life has been like, I found myself wondering what makes her happy, she loved having her hair brushed, face washed, mouth care, she suckles like a baby when you do mouth care. My God, so many of us take for granted how much good we have in our lives, I know I take for granted many things which I will certainly try to look at differently. I just can't stop thinking about her.
    On the other hand-I wonder what kind of people would put their child through 19 yrs of living HELL...trached,tube fed...Tell me-is she in a facility or is her family bearing the burden of her care? If you work in acute care I bet your are the first person to not treat her like a lump of meat to roll this way and that....In facilities where pts like that lay year after year many of them are only touched when given basic care by the cna'sor for invasive procedures by nurses only-never a gentle touch or pat....I can't imagine lying there day after day-often afraid and uncomfortable and always in the dark.....
  5. by   BadBird
    This poor pt. is a ward of the state which means our tax dollars are keeping her existing, I often wonder why in cases like hers why are they always full codes? What struck me was how she appeared to be happy, it amazes me how just a little human contact can make someone feel better.
  6. by   Sleepyeyes
    I had a fantastic cp pt once, had a photographic memory for maps. Amazing--he could give you highway directions to and from any point in the US!!

    Amazing! a totally sweet personality!

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