Think about what elderly people are going through

My father passed away recently at the age of 90. First of all, I want to thank the nurses of the special care unit. They were very kind and caring not only for our father, but also to our family. I wish I could say the same of the doctors. The emergency room doctor knew exactly what she was talking about beyond that the “doctors” who saw him saw a 90-year-old man who, in their opinion, had lived his life. Problem is they lead us to believe that he was going to be fine. Had they not done that he would have family there at all times, but we believed they knew what they were talking about. First mistake. I was robbed of the honor of holding my father’s hand as he passed away because of the arrogant, condescending attitude of these doctors. I won’t mention names, even though I should. Don’t get me wrong, the outcome would have been the same as I feel sure it was his time, but doctors should have some compassion for their patients and their family. I know things have changed around here and not for the better. You know who you are, next time you look into a scared old person’s eyes, at least act like you know what you’re doing so another family doesn’t have to go through this. Remember these elderly veterans fought for you. The very least you can do is not let them die without their family. I am a firm believer in karma. One day you will be in his position. Good luck.

Susan Venham