Palace of Care – Terroir

Photo by Rusty Watson on Unsplash

We celebrated International Nurses Day last Thursday with a special breakfast with lots of goodies for all. Nurses are a crucial part of any palliative care and hospice team and it was great to celebrate them with some special treats. Individual paper hats were made available each adorned with little red Superman style shields, thanking them for being heroic in the jobs that they do. Special little bags of sweets were prepared and handed out to all of our staff.

There was a buzz of mirth and fun throughout our inpatient unit and this was noticed by the patients and their families too. One couple commented on it being nice to hear raucous laughter happening outside of their room. It was nice to be staying in a healthcare institution where people were enjoying each other’s company at work. This couple had stayed in many different healthcare institutions over the past years and thus spoke from experience.

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Palace of Care – Musical Interlude

After a tough fortnight at work I decided to change things up a bit at our Multi-disciplinary team meeting this morning.

We’ve been using an iPad to take notes from the meeting for a while now, and today I tried to make it a more multi-media affair.

As well as recording the patients’ stories I also tried to match each of them to an appropriate piece of music.

The rather diverse playlist and patient list eventually became:

Tammy Wynette – Stand by your man – after discussing a man whose ex-wife had returned to look after him.

Imagine Dragons – Radioactive – the correct pronunciation of a patient’s surname.

Avril Lavigne – Complicated – a patient’s complex family dynamic.

The Black Eyed Peas – Where Is The Love – a patient’s long-term relationship with their spouse.

Alicia Keys – Falling – a patient who had repeatedly been falling…over.

Bob Dylan – Blowin’ in the Wind – a patient with malignant bowel obstruction who had started passing flatus.

Cheers,

James