Our Home Care Team at a Patients House
In the months November 2013 to January 2014 we have admitted 321 patients and ensured an almost painfree and comfortable last few days for them, totally free of financial worry. To enable us to acheive this the donations made by you, donors, towards this project has been a major contributor. We require only around USD1,750 more to complete this project which I am sure will be received shortly. Thank you, thank you very much for reaching out to us.
This is the story of Rajam, a flower seller aged 48 years who was suffering from breast cancer. She was married off when she was 13 years old and had 4 children. Of these, only the youngest daughter was unmarried. Her husband had expired two years ago after a heart attack. Her main concern was her daughter's marriage. When she was diagnosed with cancer, her daughter was not ready to get married as she wanted to take care of her mother. The cancer was in the fourth stage and as the pain became severe, Rajam was admitted to Karunashraya. With regular medication and dressings of the open wounds, Rajam got the much wanted relief. But then she was stressed out thinking of her daughter's marriage. The counselor then counselled the daughter, impressing on her the importance of listening to her mother and doing as per her wishes as this would remove the stress factor in her mother's mind. The daughter agreed and soon her mother regained some strength and they took her home. The engagement took place but it was broken off when the boy came to know of her mother's condition. He was upset that they had not told him before the engagement. and was worried that the daughter may also get cancer, believing that cancer is hereditary. When the engagement was cancelld Rajam's condition worsened and with the increase in pain she was back at Karunashraya. When the counselors learnt about what had happened, they called up the boy and educated him about cancer. They then counselled the girl and convinced her to go to work.Rajam's daughter and the boy were in touch again and he agreed to marry her. Once Rajam heard about this she was relieved. She expired the next day and now her daughter will be getting married only after a year as is the custom prevailing here.
World Hospice Day is celebrated the world over on the second saturday of October. It was celebrated by us by hosting four one act plays at a prominent auditorium here. It was a successful day for creating awareness and also for fundraising.
On the 21st of December we held our Annual Day. The invitees were the patients, their attenders, our Volunteers and our staff. A little entertainment was arranged for the attendees and this was provided by our nursing staff. The songs and dances were well practised and executed. Getting our nurses to do this kind of activity is a change from their routine work and acts as a stress buster for them. The nursing staff all stay on the premises in the hostel rooms. All day they are working with the sick and dying patients and when they go back to their hostels there is no change of scene as the girls are discussing what the patient said, what the attender wanted etc etc. Doing something out of their regular routine helps them to relax.
Doctor with Patient