by Vickie Watson, Community Relations Specialist

Do you know what it is like when you have the locally famous “Sand Mountain Crud?”  I have been the victim of that dreaded form of illness for the past week.  My first trip to my physician’s office was accomplished with my head hanging on the edge of the exam table while sitting up in a chair.  The Nurse Practitioner walked in and I said, “I just want to feel better!”  I was exhausted, dragging myself to the appointment, all the while having too much on my proverbial plate to be sick.  That visit merited antibiotic and steroid injections with prescriptions for an oral antibiotic and decongestant.

By the time the weekend hit, I was feeling worse rather than better.  So, on my second trip to my physician’s office, I said, “I just want to feel better…period.”  After an examination, I was indeed worse than the first visit, so my doctor pulled out the big guns with the antibiotics, and I left the office with four additional prescriptions to add to my existing medication regime.

Thankfully, at the time of the writing of this blog, I am beginning to feel somewhat better and believe I am on the mend.  But this entire experience made me think about the patients we serve at Hospice of Marshall County-Shepherd’s Cove and the care model we strive to institute for them.  We want to make them feel better.  I know, you might raise your eyebrows at that statement, and I can understand why.  So, allow me to explain. Hospice care treats the person rather than the disease, working to manage symptoms so that a person’s last days may be spent with dignity and quality, surrounded by their loved ones. Hospice care is also family-centered – it includes the patient and the family in making decisions.  All of this specialized care culminates into helping the patient and family “feel better” and that is of the utmost importance to us. We want our patients to have their symptoms managed so they can enjoy precious moments with their loved ones, allowing them to live each day as fully as possible.

If you, or someone you know, could benefit from the exceptional individualized care we provide at Hospice of Marshall County-Shepherd’s Cove, give us a call.  We are here to serve you.  Our number is 256-891-7724.