June 19, 2007

Home visits

On Friday I went on my first (and what believe will be my last) home visit. As most/all of you who are reading this know I have no medical knowledge what so ever, so I went only to be an observer. There is a medical care team of 3 and a driver who go (so with me it made 4 in whatever accomodation they lived in). Considering that this would often be one room it was a little tight. Although this was a valuable experience and gave me a much clearer idea of what hospice do and some of the problems that they encounter. I feel that a second round of visits would only stand to serve me personally in the fact that I would intrude on peeople's lives and illness just to make myself realise how lucky I am and privilidged. It doesn't seem a fair trade at all. I perhaps would have considered it had there been alot of english spoken and had I been able to communicate directly with the patient, but as this is rare there seems to be little positive imput that I could give to the situation.

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