Thursday, 8 August 2013

Liverpool Care Pathway - A Life Café Story To Cheer Us All

More talking points for your Life Café...

The arrogant, to whom all knowledge and prognostication is as certain to them as that the day will dawn tomorrow, are surely humbled by stories such as these.

Those whose arrogance is served by the tools of the arrogant - the GSF; the SPICT - such that all knowledge and prognostication is as certain to them as that the day will dawn tomorrow, are surely humbled by stories such as these.

We cannot know, we do not know, we cannot say with any certain knowledge and that is why each sick person must be served and treated as the individual person that they are.

The physician treats the person before them and the symptoms that present. And where there is pain, they temper that pain.

When we make a person into a category, we remove from them, we deny them, a measure of their humanity and the measure of who they are.

Those who will not relinquish easy that beacon of hope that burns bright inside should be rewarded with our confidence.

No hope is futile; all is not within our grasp or understanding so to see.

Even when there is no hope, there is always hope.

"Modo liceat vivere, est spes." - Terence (190 - 159 BC)

     ...While there's life, there's hope.

Living matters. Living always matters because life is precious. To deal with each day as it comes is not to shrink fearfully from death and refuse to contemplate it. It is not to deny that death will one day come a-calling. It is to say: "Not today."

This is Mail Online -

Hope continued to grow until, against all the odds, Harrison was eventually returned to hospital and discharged ten days later.

Speaking from her home in North Anston, South Yorkshire, Miss Baker said: ‘What happened was every mum’s nightmare – to be told you are taking your little boy somewhere to die.

‘We were told there was nothing more that could be done for Harrison and he would have to be taken off his life-support machine.

‘They told us it might be nicer to take him to the children’s hospice because it was a better place to say goodbye to him. ‘I couldn’t get my head round the fact that I was taking my lovely little boy somewhere to die.

‘Even when the doctors had given up hope I had something inside me that said it wasn’t Harrison’s time and he would live and he proved me right and pulled through.’

"Dum anima est, spes est." Cicero - (106 - 43 BC)

     ...While there's life, there's hope.

And whilst hope yet thrives, then will courage revive us on our journey to be steadfast and resolute and to not give up and give in.

Everywhere, there is courage. It should be rewarded and acknowledged.

And this is one such story of selfless courage. 

This man acted because the circumstance required that he act.

This is Mail Online -
A man feared drowned after jumping into the sea to rescue two children has been hailed a hero today.
Natalie Lock, 25, said her prayers go out to the family of the man who disappeared from view after diving into save her daughter, aged four. 

The toddler and her cousin, ten, had gone for a paddle off a shingle beach when they strayed into strong currents at the entrance to a harbour.

Two men dived in to help the children as they were carried away but one, aged 33, failed to resurface at Camber Docks, Portsmouth.

The other also got into trouble but was plucked to safety with the two youngsters by a pilot boat at around 3.40pm on Thursday.

They were unharmed.

This man did no health and safety risk assessment. This man did not measure the odds, that his selfless act might be 'futile'. There were lives at stake. He just knew that he must try.

This brave man plunged into the swell because that was his instinctive response.

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