Thursday, 17 October 2013

Liverpool Care Pathway - Time For Some More Life Café

"Being unable to move was terrifying,’ she said. ‘I thought I could not take any more. I wanted to die."

When someone says they want to die, should we see the glass half empty and assist them to die or see the glass half full, encourage hope and help them to live?

This is Mail Online –
The creeping paralysis began in Emily Thompson’s hands and feet and eventually became so complete that she could not speak or move her eyelids.

Miss Thompson, 20, was diagnosed with the disorder Guillain-Barré syndrome, which affects one in 50,000 people and attacks the lining of the nerves. It is so serious that one in five patients never make a full recovery.
Miss Thompson, of Newton Hall, near Durham, first realised something was wrong in August, when she developed a numb feeling in her hands and feet.

A few days later she was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome and taken into hospital.

Her family, including her mother Carolyn, 51, father David, 49, sister Victoria, 29, and brother Michael, 27, kept a bedside vigil.

Soon Miss Thompson, who is studying to become a social worker at Sunderland University, could not move a single part of her body.
 Her family was devastated  when she developed pneumonia and spent five weeks on a ventilator and a further two weeks in intensive care.

But this week, after a total of  only ten weeks in hospital, Miss Thompson was able to take her first two steps.

‘Being unable to move was terrifying,’ she said. ‘I thought I could not take any more. I wanted to die.

‘But after five weeks the feeling started to return to my face, and slowly I was able to speak again
There's always time for Life Café. Have yours on November 1st, All Hallows Day.

The evil spirits have had their last fling (Halloween) and now the good spirits come to chase them away! 

We don't want a 'Day of the Dead'; lets have a day to celebrate LIFE!

...because life is precious, and living matters.

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