January 2005, Volume 35 Number 1 , p 23 - 23
© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Volume 35(1) January 2005 p 23 Prizewinning recipe [INSIGHTS ON DEATH & DYING: HAPPY MEMORIES]
UFEMA, JOY RN, MS
Even though your work with terminally ill patients is serious and sometimes sad, you have a wonderful sense of humor. I'm wondering if you recall any humorous experiences from your years of work in death and dying. —L.W., OKLA.
Do you mean the time I accidentally locked myself in the morgue? No, I didn't think so.
Actually, I enjoyed one of the biggest laughs of my career while caring for Monica, the mother of a dear friend of mine. Dying of heart failure, Monica had developed pulmonary edema and was having trouble breathing. So the physician ordered morphine for my elderly, opioid-naive patient. It worked like a charm.
Usually rather stern and reserved, Monica became relaxed ...