Frank Brennan, MBBS
Current Author Address: Frank Brennan, MBBS, Calvary Hospital, Rocky Point Road, Kogarah, Sydney NSW 2217, Australia.
Brennan F. The Woman from County Meath. Ann Intern Med. 2006;144:864. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-144-11-200606060-00021
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2006;144(11):864.
The Woman from County MeathThe warmth of the Dublin day caught everyone by surprise. Through the window I could see children playing in the garden. We had walked into the visitors' room. The family was waiting. They were from County Meath. He was a farmer, only 54, she a teacher. They had 7 children. It was clear that he was dying. He had battled seemingly intractable pain but now over the past few days was much more settled.
I spoke about the past days and what to expect from this point onward. I then concentrated on the family themselves and recommended, as we do, the usual things—that they each take turns in being with him, that they try to eat and sleep, that they talk to each other, in short that they look after themselves through this vigil. I turned to the patient's wife and said, “I know you've been here all the time over the last few days. It might be good to go and have a rest—even just for a little while.”
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