The Story of Louie and Tony: an unexpected miracle – Rebecca Gagne-Henderson

Categories: Care.
Over the years of caring for dying patients, it bothers me when I can remember a patient’s face in my mind’s eye but cannot recall their name.  I have a physician friend who, since the beginning of his practice of 40 years has a series of notebooks where he has recorded the name of each patient who died in his care.

I wish I had thought to do that. There are some patients and families I will never forget. I am going to share one of my favorite hospice stories with you now.

Louie was my patient.  He lived in a dementia facility that allowed residents to walk freely.  Louie was in the latter part of his 8th decade as well as the latter stages of dementia.  Louie was able to shuffle with the assistance of an aide.  As he shuffled, he would grunt in a pleasant tenor. This was his only vocalization.

This Blog was first published by Rebecca Gagne-Henderson PhD, APRN, ACHPN on her site: The Palliative Provocateur

Rebecca Gagne-Henderson is an expert in palliative care with 27 years of clinical, research, educational and leadership experience. She has directed and administered hospice organizations and has started two inpatient palliative care programs. She recently received her PhD in Palliative Care Research from the International Observatory on End of Life Care at Lancaster University in the U.K.

We republish it on ehospice with kind permission of Rebecca

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