"I've spent over a decade in critical care, in that time I've seen my fair share of patients as they face the end of their life. Whether expected or unexpected, it is always hardest for the families. Many times the patient doesn't know they're dying, there are breathing tubes, gastric tube, catheters, sedation and analgesia. While dying is something that happens to everyone it is expected to want to buy more time. It's so final that often times families can't let go, they hold onto every ounce of hope that they hear often ignoring the bigger picture. When families know the end is near they try and control the uncontrollable. Even with a wonderful palliative care team helping the family cope, the patient's wishes are often ignored prolonging the inevitable. What these family members don't realize is that their family member is suffering. If they could only feel the endotracheal
A native Kansas City girl, Elizabeth found her way to Texas as the oldest of three children growing up in a military family. In 2015 she became a mom to one wild little man. She is a loyal KC Royals baseball fan and a devout Texas Longhorn. She’s an amateur cook who enjoys trying out any culinary scene when traveling – especially tacos. When she’s not chasing her toddler around, building forts, playing school, mothering, or cleaning, you’ll find her curled up with a cup of hot tea (or a glass of wine) and a book, coloring, binge watching tv, or admittedly spending too much time on Facebook. She loves traveling, art, really old architecture, music, and spontaneous dance parties in the living room. Elizabeth believes in the power of handmade/crafting, secondhand, and eco-friendly living. She has a passion for healthcare and medicine, learning constantly and for helping her patients in the best way possible. If you run into her at the grocery store, she most likely will be wearing jeans or scrub pants, running shoes, and a baseball cap and hopes you won’t judge.