How palliative care can help with goals and dreams
Palliative care can help you live well. Even when the end of your
life is near, you can still try to live as well as possible. Remember to do the
things that you love. For example, if you love to garden, you may still be able
to garden if you do not overdo it.
Talk with your palliative care provider about what you feel you still
need to do in your life. If you want to see the Grand Canyon, he or she may be
able to help you to feel well enough to travel. If you want to reunite with
your long-lost sister, your palliative care provider may be able to help you
know how to reach out to her.
Imagine that your elderly father's emphysema has worsened dramatically. You're worried. If he becomes too ill to breathe on his own, what would he want for himself? How much should doctors intervene? If he's not able to make his own medical decisions, who would he want to speak on his behalf?
You're uncomfortable raising these questions, and when you finally do, he waves you away. "When the time comes, you'll know what to do," he says.
No doubt, it can be daunting to talk to loved ones about their...
You may want to make a list of all the things you would like to do
before you die. Your palliative care provider can then help you decide which
things are realistic for you. Although it is not always possible to do
everything you would like, your palliative care team may be able to help you do
things you did not think were possible.
Primary Medical Reviewer
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Shelly R. Garone, MD - Palliative Medicine
March 4, 2010
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
March 04, 2010
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