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  •  Thank you for sharing your story. You were... (3+ / 0-)

    approached by someone you didn't know. You reached out to help. Many people would find excuses to avoid getting involved. I'm glad the local hospital and hospice have been there and acted to help Jenny and you.

    Your story is remarkable and life changing for you. Thank you for sharing it.

    Well...I'd rather live in Utopia.

    by jim in IA on Mon Jan 23, 2012 at 01:13:10 PM PST

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    •  Thanks. We're not done yet, however. (1+ / 0-)
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      I will definitely be looking to Hospice to help us with Jenny's end-of-life issues.   I really have no experience or idea how to handle this part of her journey.

      We've been fairly diligent in advocating for her in the hospital about making sure she's in no pain, if it can be helped.  At first the hospital was dithering about giving her pain medication via IV, insisting that she take Percoset by mouth only every 4 hours, when she couldn't swallow anything by mouth.  Excuse me??!!  What, were they concerned she might get addicted to it or something??!  Finally we got a physician to recognize and rectify the situation, getting her a strong morphine patch and other heavy narcotics.   I can't imagine what would've happened to her if we hadn't been there for her.

      Hospice will be involved for Jenny by next week, providing her with a hospital bed, and I'm not sure what else services.   This will be our opportunity to learn about Hospice-care first-hand.   We will truly appreciate the help they will give Jenny in her last days.

      Thanks for the lovely story of Ed you posted.  It has probably touched countless lives you don't even know about.  Bless you.

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