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On Alzheimer’s, Death, And Patients With Intellectual Disabilities

The Boerewors Emergency Medicine Chronicles has a great post which I think is worth your time:  On alzheimer’s

……..…I think it is beautifully written and provides a real window into the difficulty of loving someone who has this disease.

“The thing with this sentence, this arrest of dementia, is that its greatest victims aren’t those who have it. That’s not to say that the diagnosis isn’t dreadful for the recipient, but there is a peculiar and particular hammering sadness for those that love and care for an Alzheimer’s spouse or parent.

It is a wearying and lonely obligation, but with the added cruelty that the person you’re looking after vanishes, escapes before your eyes. In the end, you’re caring for the case that someone came in………”

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Check out this post from @JordanGrumet who blogs at In My Humble OpinionFrom Birth To Death

As luck would have it, she happened to die while I was in the room. I sat with her family as the last breath precariously left her lips. We waited for the next as if it was a forgone conclusion. It never came.
Walking toward the nursing station, my mind wandered back to medical school.
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I tentatively followed behind the resident as we entered the birthing room. ………….

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Asystole is the Most Stable Rhythm (@doctorblackbear) tells us The Real Reason, On CBC Today

When I am asked the reason I chose medicine, I almost never tell the truth. I feel a little protective of the real reason and how it might be perceived by others, so I usually reveal some of my less sentimental and more cerebral motivations for becoming a doctor.

But, when given the opportunity to create a small radio piece about my grandad and how he continues to medically inspire me, I happily got to work……..

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A nice post from ImpactedEDNurse with tips on Managing the patient with an intellectual disability.

Managing patients presenting to the Emergency Department with an intellectual disability (ID) is one of the more ‘out of the comfort zone’ experiences for many nurses. Even more so, for the patient, who finds them self in strange and unfamiliar surrounds. Hey, its scary in here. ………………

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Check out Street Anatomy’s post:  Skeleton Typogram (photo credit)

*This blog post was originally published at Suture for a Living*


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