Tag Archives: death

Confusions Over that CPR Incident

POLST(This is from the form used in my state.)

Some of my friends have been asking me to react in print about the case of Lorraine Bayless, who died Feb. 26th.  Now that more of the facts are known, I can admit that I was misled by news reports, as most everyone else was. Continue reading

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The Mysteries of Life and Death

Some title, huh?  I would have liked to be more creative about it, but I’ve been put off-balance, spun round and sat down by the magnitude of mysteries lately.  It’s not as hard to accept the inevitability of death when the person dying is old, but it can still pop up in unanticipated ways. Continue reading

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What Will You Die From?

I’ve written about death and dying before by sharing personal stories about helping people in my care die with less discomfort.  I’ve also written about relating to death as a normal part of life.  What I haven’t done is lay out simplified models to help you predict what you are likely to die from. Continue reading

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As it Appears

My pastor during childhood was a man called Father Elmer.  Toward the end of winter he visited the Sunday school classes to teach the children something about the concept of resurrection.  Little kids aren’t interested or equipped to analyze holy texts.  We wanted to know how Jesus could die, but not stay dead. Continue reading

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The Grid

In the past five weeks I’ve helped assist five people in their conversion from one form of energy into another.  All of them were dear to me, and each was unique and interesting.  Because I did not meet them until they entered dementia care in the last chapter of their lives, I knew them in simplified form compared to their former selves. Continue reading

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Adventures in Woo-Woo (Pt.2)

One True Reading

When deciding whether or not to undergo a medical procedure there’s a guideline used called “risk vs. benefit”.  Every procedure has risks, but if the potential benefits heavily outweigh them your doctor will advise you of the situation and recommend you accept the risk and consent to the procedure.  Another way of looking at it would be “upside vs. downside”.  In my experience, the biggest problem I encountered in exploring the nature and character of the unseen world was that it takes a ridiculous amount of time sorting out and throwing away the nonsense and non-useful results in order to gain a small nugget of valid information. Continue reading

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Tales of the Table (Finale)

Internship Stories

In order to qualify to take licensing tests student technologists go through months of unpaid full-time work at clinics and hospitals.  The exams they perform are real, but there’s always a licensed tech with them who retains responsibility in case anything goes wrong.  Nothing went wrong at any place I worked that could harm a patient.  However, there were unexpected events that occurred.  Students need to experience these kinds of things so they will know how to react.  Sometimes a patient’s condition will change rapidly, and you must react properly in crises. Continue reading

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