Chapter

Home from Hospital

Jacqueline Worswick

in A House Called Helen

Second edition

Published in print November 2000 | ISBN: 9780192632357
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730122 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192632357.003.0003
Home from Hospital

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After bringing Helen home from hospital for good, the family felt an enormous sense of relief. The contrast between the hospital and home was, while comforting in one sense, daunting in another. In hospital, there was the feeling that there existed a ‘safety net’, a backup system of machinery and medical expertise on tap should anything go wrong; the home though was full of love and reassuringly familiar sounds and smells. This chapter describes the pros and cons of home arrangements while taking care of Helen. Helen's condition after bringing her home from hospital gave the idiom ‘a bundle of nerves’ real meaning. She was very distressed. Giving her drugs three times a day was an ordeal. As well as being unbelievably edgy, tense and easily distressed, Helen was also at that stage very weak.

Keywords: Helen; ill child; distress; paediatrics; physiotherapist; welfare services

Chapter.  7135 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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