Friday, February 13, 2009


I am regretfully late in pointing out that a Grand Rounds for Palliative Care blogs has been started. Check out the first round up over at pallimed!

(For those who are not familiar with Grand Rounds, it is a roundup of the best of the blog posts on a given topic. Palliative Care Grand Rounds will be published monthly and is hosted by a different blogger each time. The host reviews submissions from many different blogs and posts a list of links and summaries of the best of the best. This one has some great reading.)

I also wanted to pass along a link I received from a reader who has started a blog about her experience as a patient on hospice. It is called Life as a Hospice Patient and is interesting reading. What I like most is that the blog is much more about her life than it is about hospice, and that’s how it should be. Hospice should not be the focus of any hospice patient. The hospice’s job is to help the patient live their life as much as possible. For this patient, that means trips out to lunch or hosting visitors at her house. I think if you read between the lines, you’ll find a hospice that is going a good job of helping while staying out of the way. It’s probably a good reminder to those of us who do this for a living that we are the behind the scenes folks.



There’s so much to learn from “Life as a Hospice Patient”.

An earlier post stated she wanted to sign up early for hospice for all the “goodies”. I never heard that before but I wish more people were of this mindset.

It is interesting to note the alternative therapies involved, a good feeling from enjoyment of comfort foods, and defining a good day as one where there is enough strength to enjoy small events (perception).

The strength, meaningful activities, and friends add to a lifting of depression.

I don’t think we can come up with a medication that will ever accomplish as much.

Health Remedies

There are too many good articles in this blog to surpass it and not give thanks…great blog indeed.