Category Archives: Stories

The Dreaded Conversation

“You have a new referral. The physician is worried that Mrs. B is depressed and suicidal; she’s been talking about dying all day long. They plan to up her meds if she keeps talking about that.” Mrs. B does want to talk … Continue reading

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All Things Visible and Invisible

A Spanish-speaking patient with advanced dementia grabbed her chest and grimaced. Everyone thought she was having a heart attack. When I asked her what’s going on, she told me her soul was hurting so much that she knew she’s going … Continue reading

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The Way Home

Disclaimer: It’s all fictional, based on my personal experience, imagination, and observation over the years. *** It wasn’t because Kayla was only five that she couldn’t understand her mother. Kayla thought that sometimes her mother simply wasn’t making much sense. … Continue reading

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Communication

We used to have a patient with a “trach.” The new case manager was annoyed that our patient refused to use the pen and paper he gave her to “talk” to him. He didn’t realize our patient was illiterate. A … Continue reading

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Miracle

Mrs. A was becoming progressively worse physically and mentally. Everyone was concerned but every attempt to make her talk or do anything for herself had been unsuccessful. One afternoon, I went to her and asked, “In order for you to get better, … Continue reading

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Supper Time

*I promised the two individuals who inspired me to write this piece that I would “publish” it somewhere some day. After being turned down twice elsewhere, I figure it’s best I post it on my own blog. *** The hallway … Continue reading

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Never Too Late?

Disclaimer: The story is inspired by real people and true stories around me over the years but the characters and plot are all mine. Twirling her lanyard in her fingers, she was having a hard time focusing on all the … Continue reading

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