Although my mother was diagnosed with diabetes during her pregnancy with me, according to her doctor, her body was extensively damaged from the years the diabetes went undetected. My mother described her disease as a “silent killer”, something that was extremely difficult for a daughter to hear. I asked her about her
As an example, she remembers the story of when her second daughter was born, and Emily got the measles and was not able to share that moment with her family for two whole weeks. The narrator regrets the neglect towards Emily while even her thoughts about her regrets are being interrupted by the cry of her infant son. She understands that it was she who influenced her life choice: “My wisdom came too late. She has much to her and probably little will come of it. She is a child of her age, of depression, of war, of
She then spent a week with her family after the incident until Donald pleaded for her return. Between Connie returning home and her procreating, no violence occurred in their home, until after she gave birth. Connie disclosed that Donald was ingesting Cocaine each weekend, which often resulted in his violent behavior. Once she left Donald for this final time, she became extremely depressed and currently has trouble concentrating on tasks. She is not only pale and thin but has a limiting appetite that has caused her to lose ten pounds within three months.
Lydia is a 45-year-old woman, who has been paralyzed for over six months due to a car accident. Since then, she can only communicate through nodding her head, and also has been on a ventilator for respiratory assistance and receiving tube feedings at Little Falls Hospital. Moreover, she was diagnosed and treated successfully for breast cancer before the accident. The medical staffs are uncertain as to whether she can understand what is going on to make any decisions about her life. An advance directive has been located however, a copy could not be found.
For months, I saw him in pain, regardless if he would take his medication, and he would still go to work. After a while, he was scheduled for back surgery, where they would clean around the herniated disc to relieve pressure. That surgery has left my father in debt, with medical bills coming from every angle. Two months later, my father still has sciatica nerve pain, which affects with his ability to walk properly. His doctor has recommended that my father goes to physical therapy, but I know that he views this as another burden that he might not be able to afford.
Month after month she would suffer abdominal pains that were so severe, at times she would have to leave her college classes and go home. Tia suffered with symptoms for many years before she consulted a physician who diagnosed her with something called endometriosis. This was heart wrenching to her as she was told it could affect her ability to have children. She then underwent two laparoscopic surgeries to help manage her condition. After this she decided to take a more wholistic approach and try and modify her diet.
I can relate to Chitra Divakaruni frustrated husband in her story “The Disappearance” growing up in a home where my mom had to step in to be a mother and father because of my dad’s alcohol problem she “had to put his [her] foot down” for us to move forward. (Divakaruni 2) My mom had to be a strong woman to live with my dad for over 20 years with my dad’s alcohol problem, having to pick up after him make sure we were not exposed telling us “in his [her] lap awkwardly” he will soon recover from his crisis. (1) She comforted us as much as she could so we would not forget the good moments we had with him and not judge him for his alcohol abuse, fighting or disappearance. Same as the husband in Divakaruni’s story my mom “was a good husband [wife]”
During his study, he met a young girl, Charlotte Figi, who had been having seizures since birth and by age three she was having approximately 300 seizures a week. Charlotte had been on several medications and none of them helped. In fact, some of the medications were life threatening and did nothing but was eventually given medical marijuana that has calmed her brain, limiting her seizures. If this plant can be used for medicinal purposes then what harm is it doing to the world if a girl as young as three years old can use it to aid her illness? Currently, 35 states and Washington D.C. have laws that allow, or will allow in the future, access to medical marijuana to qualified patients (Scherf, 2015).
My Patient My patient was a 70-year-old female who came in for a scheduled mitral valve repair. The surgeon was unable to repair the valve so the valve was replaced with a mechanical valve. Due to the inability to repair the valve and the patient’s undiagnosed sleep apnea; the patient was on bypass for four and a half hours. When staff later tried to extubate her, and use a BiPap, she became acidotic and was intubated again. Her main diagnosis was respiratory acidosis r/t undiagnosed sleep apnea, prolonged anesthesia, bypass use and
However, he had continued to breathe on his own for two weeks before he was transferred to our unit. Upon further assessment, he was “brain dead.” His other organs were trying to shut down. He was on every antibiotic imaginable, he had a PEG tube, and could no longer keep his body temperature regulated correctly. His ex-wife was making all of the decisions for him, even though the patient’s kids were disagreeing with his care. The patient’s kids wanted to let their dad go peacefully (no more PEG tube, no antibiotics, etc.).
Mary L Walsh is a 84 y.o. female who presented on 5/6/2017 with chief complaint of back pain and leg pain after a fall. Mary was tearful and reported feeling sad. Mary reported she was in significant pain and requested I asked her nurse for more pain medication. Mary reported she fell at home on Saturday but did not tell anyone until her son David came to the home later that day.