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November 2003, Volume 33 Number 11 , p 14 - 15



© 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Volume 33(11)             November 2003             p 14–15 Family ties [ADVICE, P.R.N.: MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS]

Yesterday I left a patient's room in tears, unable to finish caring for her. Like my sister Karen, who was diagnosed just a week ago, this patient had multiple sclerosis (MS). I couldn't help thinking, This is what will happen to Karen soon . I want to provide good care for this patient, but I'm not sure I can. Would I be out of line to ask for a reassignment?—I.G., MONT.

Your reaction is understandable; you've had only a few days to process your feelings about your sister's diagnosis. Try not to be so hard on yourself. Eventually, you'll resolve those feelings—and your personal outlook on your sister's condition may actually enhance your ability to care for patients with MS. For now, though, your patient ...

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