More about morphine – (Posted late on 01/17 from 01/15)

Morphine is an opiate. An opiate is ‘a narcotic analgesic that directly depresses the central nervous system. Natural opiates are derived from the dried “milk” of the opium poppy, while synthetic opiates are manufactured in chemical laboratories with a similar chemical structure. Natural and synthetic opiates are collectively known as opioids. The most commonly abused opioid is heroin.’
This strong drug is used by medical professionals to help relieve serious pain in patients that have illnesses leading to death. However, morphine can also be used to ease a patient’s shortness of breath.
Many believe that death can be more comfortable for those that receive morphine for their pain. While this may help the dying relax, it is not necessarily a fact that administering morphine will help aid death to come quicker.
Morphine can be painful to administer, but is a quicker pain than the long-lasting effects some illnesses deliver. Many times it is a tossup for a caregiver to want to see hospice workers administer this drug to their dying clients; better that sometimes then watching the client die a horrifically painful death! . Experts believe that care for someone who is dying should focus on relieving pain without worrying about possible long-term problems of drug dependence or abuse. The long-term effects are null and void at that time in their life!
What a caregiver must realize is that ‘pain is easier to prevent than to relieve, and overwhelming pain is hard to manage.’ In order to display that you believe that With Age Comes Respect, you must also be able to help ease the pain in any way possible for your dying clients!


About melissalstoneburner

Melissa is the proud mother of two boys. She also like to take care of all of her elderly clients as though they were her actual flesh and blood, too. Melissa began her elderly care business, Time to Care, in August, 2012. Since then, she has successfully seen several clients through life and onto the next life. She writes about what she knows, what she doesn't know, and reveals all the research in between. She believes that elderly care is the best thing she has ever done in life; second only to being a mother!
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