INSIGHTS ON DEATH & DYING: Prizewinning recipe

January 2005 
Volume 35  Number 1
Pages 23 - 23
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© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Volume 35(1)             January 2005             p 23 Prizewinning recipe [INSIGHTS ON DEATH & DYING: HAPPY MEMORIES]


Even though your work with terminally ill patients is serious and sometimes sad, you have a wonderful sense of humor. I'm wondering if you recall any humorous experiences from your years of work in death and dying. —L.W., OKLA.

Do you mean the time I accidentally locked myself in the morgue? No, I didn't think so.

Actually, I enjoyed one of the biggest laughs of my career while caring for Monica, the mother of a dear friend of mine. Dying of heart failure, Monica had developed pulmonary edema and was having trouble breathing. So the physician ordered morphine for my elderly, opioid-naive patient. It worked like a charm.

Usually rather stern and reserved, Monica became relaxed ...

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