Tuesday, August 12, 2008
they should make a contract for that
Someone should have told the Pillsbury Doughboy that belly pokes come with the territory. I am seriously debating the 'autonomy' ethic of nursing theory because let's face it...sometimes you just want to bang your head on the wall when you go 'round and 'round with patients on a certain issues...particularly, one known as medication compliance!
Shouldn't we have patients sign a binding contract--that once they agree to start chemotherapy, they also agree to...
TAKE SUPPORTIVE CARE MEDICATION! (such as anti-nausea pills, pain pills, bowel medications, the list goes on and on)
Surprisingly, there are a whole lotta folks out there who don't bat an eye at taking chemotherapy infusions who also apparently don't believe in taking ANY OTHER MEDICATIONS.
Argh. Can't you just feel the irony?
To a certain extent, I can emphasize and help support someone trying to address their pain or nausea at a homeopathic level; but to another extent...if you're absolutely miserable and all your attempts are failing, you need to re-evaluate those beliefs. For your sake and mine, people... please!
Nurse Rae's warning...Chemotherapy is a serious medication. It can (and most likely will) cause some unintended, unpleasant side effects, such as nausea, constipation, diarrhea...but! There is hope! Please try supportive care medication. Please call me when you're feeling crappy. And keep you hands and feet inside the vehicle at all times, please...Thank you!