Bedside Lessons – 17. The Carver

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How you doing?

Okay, I’m feeling better than yesterday.

They told me you had a lot of pain overnight. Pain can make you really tired.

Yeah, I haven’t been the same since I was in hospital.

When did the mouth get bad?

Since hospital.

And your skin, when did it start getting bad?

Hospital too.

Was that when they started the steroids? Have they helped?

I don’t know, I don’t feel any better.

Anything else wrong?

Heh, my arse is really sore too.

What do you think is going on?

Not much, I’m just really tired.

Your lungs haven’t been so good since you were a kid, then they got worse with the COPD. That wasn’t enough for you? Then you got heart failure and then cancer. That’s a bit greedy isn’t it?

Heh, yeah I guess so.

What did the doctors tell you about your cancer?

It started in my lung, has gone to my tummy, here, here and here. Also gone to my back.

That’s pretty serious, it’s made you lose weight eh?

Yeah, heaps, I just don’t feel like eating anymore.

Anyone else got cancer in your family?

Yeah my parents both died of it, and two of my sisters have it too.

That sucks.

Yeah it does.

Could you try using some more pain relief?

Okay, I’ll try.

Are you a spiritual person?

Yeah, nah, not really.

What’s the most important thing to you in the world.

My whanau/family.

What do you like doing, what keeps you going?

I like to draw, and I’m a carver, I carve bone and wood. My son is a carver too.

Heh, I can carve too…Ham on the bone, leg of lamb, roast of beef. I’ll bring my friend’s wood carving over to show you later.

Sounds good, thanks.