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Pet Hospice by Mia A. Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I have had to put two of my cats to sleep during the course of the past 10 years. Both of these decisions were terribly difficult and painful. In one case, I felt I let my ... Read on »
A Unique Tribute to a Loved One: Turn Them Into a Diamond by Mia A. Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I am in the process of planning my wedding. I haven't announced it here, as I didn't see its relevance to the topic of this blog. However while reading postings in a forum ... Read on »
The Idea of "Death Panels" by Mia A. Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I am so grateful to Dr. Atul Gawande's piece here acknowledging that end of life discussions are hard and his admission that he failed Sarah, a 35 year old patient ... Read on »
A Green Death Maiden: Esmerelda Kent Advocates Green Burials and Shrouds by Mia A. Registered Nurse 1 Comment Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Death is a deeply personal thing. Undoubtedly, it is often a heart-wrenching experience. Burial acts are rituals that provide closure to mourners, a final farewell to the de ... Read on »
On Being an Injured Hospice Case Manager by Mia A. Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I injured my back a few weeks ago and was told by Occupational Health that I should not be lifting more than 10 pounds until my injury heals. As nurses, we cannot work if w ... Read on »
Death Rattle 201 by Mia A. Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine While I was in nursing school, I wrote on this blog about death rattle . Family members responses to that post revealed a lack of reassurance provided from the explanation. ... Read on »
Breaking My Anonymity by Mia A. Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Ever since I started this blog, I have been writing under the pseudonym "Mia Adams." My reasoning for this was based on my own personal experience of coming across one of my ... Read on »
Last 24 Hours Illustration by Mia A. Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Sorry for the long silence on this blog. I have been spending my time off-line drawing comics as a new creative outlet, which has taken up the time I used to spend writing ... Read on »
The Great Cremation Ground by Mia A. Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine One of my colleagues just came back from a trip to India and told me about a place called Manikarnika Ghat, also known as "The Great Cremation Ground." According to Hindu ... Read on »
Estimating Time of Death by Mia A. Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I am not in the practice of having to estimate time of death, as generally patients in the hospital are being watched routinely, and thus the time of death is already known. ... Read on »
Your Truth: Dementia and Grief by Mia A. Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I apologize, once again, for my on-going silence on this blog. I've received a number of emails from readers encouraging me to post again. I appreciate the dedicated interes ... Read on »
Thank You, Blue H News! by Mia A. Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine blue-H-sign Originally uploaded by miaadams. I have been rather neglectful of this blog as of late. Despite my silence, I am delighted to report that Blue H News pick ... Read on »
Your Truth: Chemical vs. Physical Restraints by Mia A. Registered Nurse 1 Comment Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Another hypothetical scenario for your consideration... This patient is an 86 y.o. female with dementia who is actively dying. She has become delirius, but still has the ... Read on »
Grief - the Written Word by Mia A. Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine As I've mentioned before, JennyNYC and I have been working on a poetry project where we write a poem a day to one another. We are now up to about 115 poems. Though I haven't ... Read on »
Your Truth: "I Want to Drive Her Home." by Mia A. Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine "Your Truth" is a series of posts I have written describing end-of-life scenarios. These scenarios are in some way controversial - either due to an ethical dilemma or a parti ... Read on »
The Death Penalty by Mia A. Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine My blog is about death and dying, in general. But also as death has pertained to my own personal life. This has led this blog to focus largely on the issues of: - ethic ... Read on »
Expired Poem by Mia A. Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine JennyNYC and I have been working on a poetry project. We have been writing one another a poem every day for 100 days now. I think part of my silence on this blog has been ... Read on »
Thank you, Advance for Nurses! by Mia A. Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Just a quick thank you to Terri Polick for including me in her recent article on nurse bloggers in Advance for Nurses. Read on »
from The Mystic Odes of Rumi via the 5th Season of Six Feet Under by Mia A. Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Our death is our wedding with eternity. What is the secret? "God is One." The sunlight splits when entering the windows of the house. This multiplicity exists in the ... Read on »
Symptomatology: Itching by Mia A. Registered Nurse Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine For a list of symptoms I have reviewed in previous posts, please go to this symptomatology of dying link. The next symptom I will address is itching (also known as prurit ... Read on »