176. Hospice Care
Millie's sister Arlene had been battling breast cancer
five years. Then the doctor gave Arlene some
news. The cancer had spread to her brain
there was no treatment that would cure her. "
'll keep taking care of you," Millie told her
. Millie and Arlene were both in their 50s,
Millie was 5 years older than Arlene. Arlene
always be Millie's little sister. Throughout Arlene's illness,
took care of things. Millie went with Arlene
all of her appointments. Millie went to all
Arlene's chemotherapy and radiation treatments. When Arlene lost
hair because of the chemo, Millie helped Arlene
a natural looking wig. Arlene was appreciative, but
felt bad. Millie had a family of her
to take care of, and yet she spent
of her time taking care of Arlene.
Millie she wanted to be put in a
. Millie did not know what that was. Arlene's
gave the sisters some brochures. The brochures explained
hospice care would try to make Arlene as
as possible by providing pain management. They also
on the emotional health of patients and their
by providing counseling. Millie was reluctant to place
in hospice. Millie felt like she was abandoning
baby sister. Arlene insisted though.
"It's about time
else wait on me hand and foot," Arlene
. Millie went with Arlene to check into the
. Not only did the staff take care of
, they also had activities for Millie, a member
the family. The staff told Millie that she
even spend the night here when she wanted.
asked Arlene what some of her favorite foods
so their chef could make what she liked.
felt comfortable in the hospice.