Speaking of breathing problems (Posted late on 01/17 from 01/16)

The one thing that will always remain in my memory is the fact that Mira had to struggle to breathe before she passed away. For over two weeks, instead of laying flat on the hospital bed, she had to lean over her tray table in order to get air to flow in and out of her lungs. With her back troubles, she truly had to be miserable and I felt so sad that I could not do anything to relieve that pain! I felt like a failure in showing this great woman that I believed that With Age Comes Respect!
Although Mira’s issues were acerbated because one nurse took over and gave very poor advice, I think Mira knew she was dying anyway; she always alluded to the fact that she believed her time was limited! That did not deter from the fact that as her caregiver I wanted to help her by relieving her shortness of breath – even though it is common knowledge that this can be a sign that the end of life is near.
When a doctor stipulates that their patient is experiencing dyspnea (disp-NEE-uh), they are referring to the shortness of breath one experiences at the end of their life. When you hear this, you should know that your client may have a lot of difficulty talking or making loving connections. It is here that you can be of great service to your dying client!


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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