November 2004, Volume 34 Number 11 , p 28 - 28
© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Volume 34(11) November 2004 p 28 Unwelcome script change [INSIGHTS ON DEATH & DYING: PAIN AND SUFFERING]
UFEMA, JOY RN, MS
The staff at our extended-care facility is well educated about pain control and symptom management for the terminally ill, so I know patients get the best possible clinical care. But physical comfort is just part of the equation. How can I assess if one of my patients is suffering? —K.S., TENN.
Neale Donald Walsch reminds us in Conversations with God: An Uncommon Dialogue that “Pain is an experience. Suffering is a point of view.”
I once asked a patient experiencing severe pain from bone metastasis if she was suffering. She replied, “Yes. I love to eat. I can handle the pain, but I hate not being able to eat.”
Even if we can manage a patient's pain and ...