Those we carry: “All of us have our own burdens, names chiselled on our hearts. We carry their bodies in silence. We carry them alone, refusing to cry. We hold them close, and keep the living at arm’s length.”
Jellybeanz time…talking about talking about dying with Dr Steve Philpot, Master of Communication.
Be challenged with some good old fashioned medical trivia FFFF…introducing Funtabulously Frivolous Friday Five 201
Be challenged with some good old fashioned medical trivia FFFF…introducing Funtabulously Frivolous Friday Five 182
Victoria Brazil led a remarkable panel discussion at smaccGOLD on the end of life as we consider what is possible, what is reasonable and what is best.
ACPEL society presents Prof Robin Taylor with a video on providing “A Good Death” for end stage COPD patients.
Peter Saul, an Australian intensivist, presents a TEDx talk in which he tells of the crisis of death in the 21st century and implores us all to start talking about dying.
Love is dangerous. If you don’t believe me, read on to learn about all the ways amorous acts can threaten life, limb and… other body parts.
Human health, like everything under (and around) the sun, is subject to the relentless progress of entropy. Ice melts, iron rusts, people age and die. Nothing in medicine changes the fact that our overall mortality rate is always 100%. BitingTheDust’s ‘Wreck of the Week’ is a potent visual reminder of this unchangeable law of the universe.
Robert Frost’s poem, “Out, Out -“, evokes the senseless madness that we see daily in the ED and in the ICU.
Alicia von Stamwitz: … Instead, he takes a small step back from the gurney and asks, “Does your father have a living will?” I freeze. No emergency room doctor has asked me this before. I answer, evenly, yes. “Do you have durable power of attorney?” Yes…
The patient’s son and two daughters had said little during the family meeting. The older daughter steadied her sister’s trembling hand while the son stared at the doctor intently.