I admitted a new patient onto my case load today. A 45 year old man with lung cancer with metastasis to his brain. They decided to discontinue further chemo and radiation therapy last week – and made the difficult decision to cease all aggressive treatments. The hard thing about this case is that it’s somewhat personal for me. The patient is the husband of a woman that I graduated Nursing School with 10 years ago.
She’s torn up – – the kids are torn up – – and it’s just a difficult situation overall. It’s hard for me to watch her go through this – -I new him when he was in his 30’s…vital, strong, vocal and funny man who could dance the rug off any floor if you give him enough drink 🙂 This case isn’t impossible for me, just more difficult than the rest on my caseload. I’m happy to be able to be there for her, though – lord knows she probably helped me through an exam or two back in school, as we were part of the same study group.