Tag Archives: Communication

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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Acceptance and Change

Acceptance is a recurring theme. When individuals are able to accept their limitations and losses, many are able to identify new avenues to continue to live a fulfilling life. When we struggle with our mind and body, sometimes it’s only … Continue reading

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Let’s Talk about Death

1785. The room number flashed on my screen. As the elevator slowly climbed, I made a silent assessment of how I would likely react. Only 24 hours ago, I bid farewell to someone for one final time in the same … Continue reading

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Blue and Beautiful

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“You Don’t Understand…”

Whether we are willing to admit it or not, our clients are probably right. The feeling of being misunderstood or that nobody understands (Note that these two are different!) is probably MUCH more common than we’d like to believe. In … 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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