By Christopher Johns
Written through an skilled palliative care nurse, textual content describes how a mix of conventional drugs and extra reflective versions were profitable in assuaging actual and non-physical ache and anguish during the health-illness cycle. Discusses Buddhist philosophy and emphasizes religious matters in palliative care. Softcover.
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I invite her to breathe in the light until every cell of her body is bathed in light. I suggest that this feels good. I then ask her to breathe out any concerns or fears of the day; that she can let them go now. I then guide her through a body scan; moving from her scalp to her toes focusing and relaxing each part in turn; and then to imagine she is a fluffy cloud floating in a clear blue sky. The powerful drone of Rusty Crutcher’s CD ‘Chaco Canyon’ vibrates between us. She seems very relaxed. Commencing the reflexology Iris is quickly asleep.
We talk about living in the moment as a way of releasing some of the deep fear she feels when she thinks about the future; to put some distance between herself and her fear so she can witness her fear rather than let it sweep over her like storm clouds. This is not to deny the future but to put it into some perspective…to treat each new day as precious. ’ I wonder how I would respond if I was her. Could I put such ideas into practice? 2 I give Iris Therapeutic Touch (TT) to help ease the tense muscles in her neck and shoulders and ease the shoulder pain.
She says it’s gloomy although the various treatments she has had have kept things at bay. She says she must have hope. I ask if she has any particular religious beliefs. She hasn’t. I ask if she would like anything ‘spiritual’ to read. I sense her caution and quickly add that I have nothing to sell. She laughs. ‘I wondered…but I could do with something on positive thinking. I’m not sleeping well, my thoughts spin around keeping me awake. ’ The use of Bach flower remedies comes to mind, but I’m conscious of overwhelming her.