So in this line of work, it is hard to find a happy ending to a sad story. For example.
I took care of a young patient who was in his middle years in life. This patient had cancer and was not expected to live more than a couple of days more. The main concern was to keep the patient pain free and relaxed during this time. His family kept vigil for days at a time. When I came back to work after a day off, I found that this patient was deteriorating rapidly. He couldn't maintain his saturations even with >15L O2. He was in the 50's and 60's fairly continously. With the low oxygen alarms going off with saturations in the 30's he mustered up all his strength. Stood up hugged his son and told his wife "I am so glad I met you", gave her a hug and fell back on to the bed and died.
I was so touched by the display of affection right up to the end, I am crying just thinking about it. I will always remember him. I wish everyone could say goodbye that poignently.
Aug 20, '01
Will somebody please pass the kleenex?
Very uplifting story, despite the death.. thanks for sharing.