Thursday, April 30, 2009
Foxholes and ICU's
This was a tough week. I was asked to consult on a patient with with a severe infection. Since it is a Catholic hospital, there is a morning prayer that is said on the PA system each morning. One day on rounds she was spouting off about how the religion is for the weak minded and they needed to shut that D**** prayer off. I asked her what she meant and she said that she didn't need some relgion to tell her what was right or wrong, experience and the world told her what was right and wrong, "those Christians are all hypocrits!". "God was for fools". I kept my thoughts to myself, but could only imagine the irony that she was being taken care of for her IV drug abuse complications by the very people who believe that God wants them to care for all his children. Her endocarditis seeded her lungs the next day with septic emboli. She wasn't going to do well. She was transferred to the ICU. I saw her as the ICU team was getting everything ready to intubate her. She held my hand and with all the breathe she had left asked me to pray for her. I did. Her request were her last words.