Maintaining hope during COVID-19 social distancing

I offer these comments on COVID-19 from the perspective of a palliative medicine doctor. I specialize in communicating sad, bad or otherwise hard to hear “serious illness” news while helping the patient, family or staff member maintain hope. You may not think of it this way but COVID-19 is a “serious illness” and we must regard … Continue reading Maintaining hope during COVID-19 social distancing

National Healthcare Decisions Day: What is Your Plan B?

The scene plays itself out over and over in hospitals across America. A patient, let’s call him “John”, lies incurably ill in the intensive care unit. A machine breathes for John and various drugs support other body functions. He’s unable to communicate. The doctor explains to the John’s family, “I’m sorry to say that John … Continue reading National Healthcare Decisions Day: What is Your Plan B?