If I, or a loved one, were dying from Corona virus, aka, COVID 19, I’d like someone such as Dr Kate Gregorevic on the palliative care team.
Picture: ABC Life accessed 30 August 2020 9.43pm
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ABC Life, from ABC News Australia, featured Dr Gregorevic recently. She works in palliative care here in Australia. You can read the fuller story. But here are some samples.
Looking after patients at the end of their life can be incredibly rewarding especially being able to bear witness to the joy and love they have created in their life as their family hold vigil to mark their last days.
Dr Gregorevic describes some of her experience.
My work constantly reminds me that life is fragile, precious and finite, and to appreciate all the small, beautiful moments that make a life. Part of what makes the challenges of work manageable is knowing I provided the best care I could at such an important time.
She has a sense of the mutual benefit between the families and her team.
The families I speak to show the most incredible empathy and generosity, expressing sympathy for the work I am doing, saying thank you for the work I am doing. And I cannot express how much this helps me through these days.
It is good to know that medical staff like Dr Gregorevic and her team are helping treat people with COVID-19. Clearly they see the person. They also see the patient’s loved ones. That makes all the difference.
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13 thoughts on “#WATWB August 2020 – Hope In End of Life Care”
What a wonderful person. I think she answered a calling when she became a doctor.
You know, Dan, I think you may be right there. Thanks.
Hi Simon – understanding care staff are essential … I’ve had both sorts for family members … and have read some amazing stories of doctors who have gone on to die – yet are able to express their thoughts in their demise, there are other bloggers too … Dr Kate Gregorevic certainly inspires. Thanks for letting us know about Dr Kate … take care – Hilary
She does inspire, Hilary. Sorry to hear some of your experiences have been mixed.
Dr. Kate Gregorevic is in a profession that takes patient and understanding… not unlike your profession, Simon. Thank you for sharing her story and for being a member of #WATWB.
Thanks for the double compliment , Ashlynne. Your support for traumatized veterans is also exemplary.
She’s an angel for sure, thanks for sharing this lovely story about Dr. Kate Gregorevic … I agree with Ashlynn re your profession being similar to hers. Have a great week 🙂
Both Ashlynne and yourself are kind, Susan. Dr Gregorevic is obviously a fine person as well as being good at her work.
We do need positive stories like this. Our healthcare workers who work tirelessly supporting those who are suffering receive little recognition now that the applause of earlier days has silenced.
Yes, Norah. And we especially feel for those in Melbourne. I wished we heard more of this on our news than the complaints about lock-downs and contact tracing methods.
That’s so true, Simon. I think we’re all suffering a bit of overload at the moment.
Thank you for sharing this. Such positivity!
Always a pleasure, Damyanti. Both to support WATWB and to hear from you. Stay well and happy editing.