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Wednesday, October 22 Reading Response 2 “Living Will” by Danielle Ofri is about an author who is a doctor who came across a patient that is suicidal. “They All Just Went Away” by Joyce Carol Oates is about a young lonely girl who finds herself attracted in entering abandoned house and is entranced by other peoples lives and what they left by. Although these stories are very different, I believe both the authors share a similar idea, but different outlooks, of how the main characters in each essay struggle to do the right thing. “Living Will” gives us a better perspective of what doctors today have to face with their jobs. The author, Danielle Ofri, came across a severely ill patient, Wilburn Reston, which really makes her think.
Doctors’ amicable images are in the minds of most people, but William Carlos Williams depicts a bizarre doctor in his short story “The Use of Force”. The doctor is called to Olson’s home to diagnose a girl named Mathilda who is suspected to have diphtheria. Because of her uncooperativeness, the doctor has no other way working but to use force on Mathilda in order to check her throat and to confirm the diagnosis. In consideration of his using of force in this story, the doctor is becoming less dutiful and more hypocritical with the development of the story. What cannot be denied is that the doctor’s using of force is based on his duty.
In the article titled, "The Lived Experience Of Pediatric Burn Nurses Following Patient Death." (Kellogg), nurses who work in the pediatric burn unit are interviewed about what they do as well as how they deal with the loss of patients. The conclusion of these interviews is that these individuals do not feel well prepared enough on how to properly handle the death of a patient and they all seemed to agree that grief counseling would have greatly increased their ability to get through these tough losses without starting to hate their job or not doing their job well enough. Another real life account comes from a working NICU nurse whom I interviewed named Clorinda Bryant. She told me all about how she absolutely loves her job and how she loves working with all the babies, but she concluded that by saying that it is a tough job to perform because “these babies have just come into this world and it seems unfair that sometimes they are taken out of it so quickly.”
Grieving has been described in stages, but it does not really feel that way to the bereaved person who has ups and downs, much like a roller coaster ride. Sometimes a person feels better for a little while then becomes sad again (American Cancer Society, 2014). The relationship between the person who died and the person grieving, along with the circumstances of the death, and one’s own life experiences affect the grieving process (American Cancer Society,
The movie Wit (Bosanquet & Nichols, 2001) focuses on Dr. Vivian Bearing, an English professor who is diagnosed with an aggressive form of ovarian cancer. It chronicle’s Vivian’s experiences with her health care team up until her death. Throughout the movie her doctors, Doctor Kelekian and his fellows, most notably Jason, make many errors while treating Vivian. They communicate with Vivian in ways that make her feel overwhelmed and uncomfortable, violate ethical principles by ignoring her autonomy and not sharing critical information about her health with her, and failing to addressed her spiritual needs. Vivian’s nurse, Susie, does her best to care for Vivian.
Reality is often deceiving, and tragic situations can happen unpredictably to people in our surrounding. In Lorrie Moore’s short story “People Like That Are the Only People Here: Canonical Babbling in Peed Onk”, the Mother and the Husband attempt to cope with the situation after they learnt that their Baby has a Wilms’ tumor on the kidney. Through this story, the author suggests that it is difficult for family members to deal with the illness of a loved one. The story’s narration plays an essential role in conveying the general mood of the story.
Telling the story from Grants point of view allowed the reader to see how the family deals with Alzheimer’s. And more importantly, the story shows what happens after a family member is put into a care facility. Grant is the protagonist in the beginning of the story and Fiona is the antagonist. Grant is forced to deal with Fiona and her declining condition. Fiona is declining and hiding her sickness from her husband.
The caregivers are a crucial aspect in the patients last moments. The caregivers are there to help and support the dying, but many forget that they themselves need support in order to carry on. As death being something we can’t prepare for it becomes tougher when we know that for now there isn’t so much of a cure, just a few things to prolong it. Truschke in his letter strives to explain this matter when he writes; “No one is really prepared to deal with the nightmare of Alzheimer’s on their own” (110). His point is not only with dealing with Alzheimer’s disease itself, but can be looked at with all other causes of death and illnesses.
In “Am I MS?” Miriamne Ara Krummel talks about her personal journey she endured dealing with multiple sclerosis. Krummel further explains at the end how she was finally able to accept her diagnosis and to embrace it. She finds that it’s important to be open about the disease. She believes that, “it might be helpful if more people would talk about death and dying as an intrinsic part of life” (76-77).When she was first diagnosed, she had a difficult time coping with MS.
There is a large controversy over ethics and the part that it plays in medicine. Where is the line between advancement and patient rights? The issue of tissue ownership and information ownerships is only one of the many problems that Henrietta and her family are stuck dealing with. But, before Rebekkah Skloot introduces the readers to Henrietta and her cells, Skloot opens with an epigraph from Elie Wiesel. By using Wiesel’s epigraph Skloot creates the tone for the rest of the novel.
According to the article “Letting Doctors Make the Tough Decisions” by Pauline W. Chen, this story talk about how difficult to make a medical decision between doctor and their patients. Back to 50 years ago, doctors are receive a duty to make a decisions for their patient. When it move to 1960s to 1970s, everything is change, a family and patients have more opportunity to make a decision relate on growing up of medical ethicists care of patients. First thing that shows the difference is doctor respect for their patients lead to patient-centered care. Besides, doctors also respect for a person’s autonomy by letting the patient make their own decisions.
We are in the autobiography unit in language arts and we read an autobiography about Jerry Spinelli who inspired me to write a paper about my tough time when I got surgery. Getting the surgery was not as hard as the recovery. But here is my story, it might get deep so prepare. When I figured out I was getting surgery, I was scared.