Palace of Care – A Humbling Day

At the start of the Jail and Bail fundraising event finale our guest speaker Marketing Guru Mike Hutcheson shared entertaining stories from his life and career which inspired us all to think differently. Copies of his latest book were auctioned off within minutes. They can be purchased on his website.

I started my thank you speech with one word.

Why?

I asked everyone to reflect on why they were here at our fundraising event. Why had they chosen to take part this week? They could’ve been at work, or spending their time somewhere else but they choose to spend their time raising funds for my hospice. Why are you on this planet?

I gave them 10 seconds to reflect on their Why before I shared my own.

I am here on this planet to make the world a better place for dying people.

I read out the story about Beds that I had shared last night on Palliverse, LinkedIn and my fundraising page for this event.

The finale was a unique event where all of the bailees, myself included, were too busy fundraising to talk to each other. Necks craned over smartphones and laptops. Beavering away to fundraise as much as possible in the remaining two hours of the event. The 12 busy bailees and their supporters volunteered their time to support our cause.

There’s a lot in the world that can jaundice your vision into cynicism but today I saw people in action for a good cause. It was enlivening to witness community spirit in full flight. Together we did this. A bunch of friendly do-gooders used their creativity to help their fellow community members. Inspirational stuff, everyone from many different walks of life united to crowdfund for hospice.

Four beds had been fundraised for by noon.

Throughout the two-hour finale, we had generated enough funds for five beds and were heading towards six.

I checked my dashboard tonight and found:

The total up to this point is $28051, enough to fund six beds.

And it’s not over yet.

A special thank you to Anonymous for making so many donations.

Thank you to my fellow bailees for being such good sports. Thank you to all donors, your contributions will have a positive impact on the patients and families we serve in our community. Also thank you donors for sharing your kind and encouraging words. They mean a lot to our hospice team. Our patients were people just like you and me, trying to make their way in life when severe illness struck and changed their life journey forever. Knowing you care about them means a lot to them.

Thank you all for making a difference.

Thank you all for Making Hospice Happen.

Palliverse’s Greatest Hits from Oct 2014 – #getjakbak revisited – Part 2

Photo by Jonathan Kemper on Unsplash

At 3pm on Friday afternoon, 18 hours before our departure time, I received bad news. The promised community raised funds had not come through. Was the trip to be cancelled because of a deficit of $3320?

I finished the phone call and took a quick walk around our inpatient unit, and talked to some of the staff about the funding problem. One of the nurses asked me what I was going to do. I really had no idea but for some unknown reason I replied to her, “Magic.”

I had 120 minutes to come up with $3320, at a rate of $27.67/min. What to do? What could I do? What was on the line was a dying man’s wish to return home to see his family. This was his final chance to try to get home, he had been trying to get home ever since he had arrived here months ago.

Who could help? Maybe a virtually community of practice? I went online and decided to launch my first ever crowd-funding campaign, asking people to pledge money towards the trip deficit. The original post can be read here. I emailed a link to it to everyone that I knew.

17 minutes later the first pledge came in, then another, then another. Drip by drip the pledges came in. $20, $40, $100, $200. Palliative Care people were keen to help including healthcare staff, administration staff. People from around New Zealand and Australia came to our aid. One of the other patients on the ward caught wind of what was happening and pledged $200 to help his fellow patient get home.

With only five minutes to spare we reached our goal, the trip was going to happen! I went to see our patient and his wife and told them that I would be seeing them early tomorrow morning for our trip back to the Islands.

Island-Man: Far From Home

“Failure to maintain”: do hospitals cause suffering in older people?

Today Palliverse talks to Assistant Professor Kasia Bail (@Kasia_Bail) from the University of Canberra. Kasia is a nurse, a researcher, a kung fu instructor and a drummer in a metal band. She came to our attention via social media when we noticed her crowdfunding campaign for the next stage of her research into nursing care of complex, hospitalised older people. Here at Palliverse we are fans of crowdfunding, although we’re yet to use it for research purposes!

Kasia’s research aims to improve sustainable acute care health delivery for an ageing population, while her clinical experience includes general medical and acute palliative care. In her PhD, Kasia developed an approach to measure nurse-sensitive outcomes, which is currently being used to evaluate a Government-funded implementation of a cognitive identifier. Kasia has a passion for identifying and researching the structures and processes which impede or enable quality patient care, and sharing her learning and inquiry with nursing students, industry and professional groups. Here, Palliverse asks her about her latest research project and dipping her toe into the world of social media.

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Dr Kasia Bail (image via Dr Bail)

Your research has led to a new concept in the care of older people with complex medical problems, “Failure to Maintain”. What does this mean? Continue reading

Palace of Care/I think therefore I am? – Special Edition: Palliative Care Mission of Mercy – #getjakbak

Hi everyone this is a last minute fundraising plea to everyone as private citizens.

I am organising for our non-resident patient “Jak” to return back to the Islands. (Real name changed.)

Jak is a 44 year old man with a large abdominal mass found to be cancer with spinal cord compression + lung mets, intra-abdominal abscess resistant to IV Ertapenem – causing fluctuating levels of sepsis.

Has been trying to get back to the Islands for the past month, but hampered by critical illness.

He has stabilized at present and we have one shot at getting him back tomorrow morning at 0915. He can travel if escorted by a doctor. The most discounted fee for a doctor I could negotiate was $3800, which the family could not afford.

I have volunteered my services to look after him on the flight to help Jak get back.

The family with the help of the local Pasifika Community, have fundraised $7400 of the required $10720. They need $NZ3320 by 5pm today in order for Jak to get back home. i.e. in 1.5 hours have received pledges of $720 so far. 1536hrs

So close but yet so far…

Please forward this email on to your own teams and networks.

Every bit pledged will count. I will consider all pledges of assistance.

For those interested in following the journey I will attempt to live tweet/blog it through Twitter:  @palliverse #getjakbak and www.palliverse.com

Thank you for your consideration,

James

1550hrs – $1320
1557hrs – $1520
1611hrs – $1790
1613hrs – $1990

Just need $1330 to grant this young man his dying wish of going home to his family. We can do this team!

1617hrs – $2190
1620hrs – $2210

Only $1110 to go to #getjakbak

1629hrs – $2260
1630hrs – $2425
1631hrs – $2475
1630hrs – $2775
1634hrs – $2925

Only need another $395. Well done team!

1640hrs – $3005
1642hrs – $3085
1642hrs – $3150
1655hrs – $3350
1700hrs – $3400

Thank you everyone we have done it! Any extra funds raised will go towards payment of hospital fees.

Thank you for helping your fellow man. I am proud of you all!

James