Tag Archives: Hospice

Me and the Camel


I have been thinking about dying and it’s really confusing to me.  The first thing that happened when I told people I’d been referred to Hospice was that the conversation would come to a dead halt, and I don’t understand … Continue reading

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The Only Option


This is the iced tea I’ve been drinking all my life and Hospice plans to take it away from me.  What Hospice will do is discontinue Amelia, who knows how I like my iced tea, and replace her with their … Continue reading

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It’s About the Iced Tea


I do hope, dear reader, that you understand that I’m not writing these blogs to draw attention to myself.  The goal is to inform you about end-of-life issues:  how do you decide when your life is over?  What do you … Continue reading

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Part II: Ask for a Social Worker, Get a Nurse


In the afternoon of July 24, Visiting Nurse Association Director Amor Bango called again to inform me of the terms of termination—30 days for this, denial of that, nursing visit on the 30th, etc.  I told her that I had been … Continue reading

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The Hospice Referral


So Dr. Tucker and I talk of kidney failure, uncontrolled diabetes mellitus, and depression, then he says, “But your blog . . .”  Ah, yes.  My blogs.  I explain to him that writing my blogs is the only thing I … Continue reading

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Dumbfounded and Smiling


We need to talk.  Or, rather, there’s something I need to tell you and I’m having a rather hard time doing it.  I could tell you about Carol, who was a friend I had made in some civic organization.  We … Continue reading

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Lucy in the Sky . . . is Dying


Lucy was gorked out—asleep or unconscious—when I was moved into our shared room.  Lucy is old and small, Italian and Catholic.  Today is our sixth day together, although we have virtually never spoken.  I’ve made a few overtures to Lucy and her … Continue reading

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