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Long Days, Last Days . . .
a down-to-earth guide for those at the bedside

Hillel Schwartz



Published by Hillel Schwartz at Smashwords.

Copyright 2013 Hillel Schwartz



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Table of Contents

At Any Given Moment: A Foreword
7 Ways to Use this Book
Absolutes
Accidentals
Acuteness
Advocacy
Ageing
Agencies
Airlines
Anniversaries
Answering Machines
Anthropology
Anxiety
Apples & Oranges
Ars Moriendi, or the Art of Dying
Ascites
Aspiration
Bedsores
Blackmail
Blankets and Pillows
Blood
Bounty Hunters
Breastbone, or Sternum
Brothers and Sisters
Buying Time
Calendars
Caregivers--Hiring
Caregivers--Interviewing
Caregiving, Caretaking
Cascades
Case Management
Catheters
Cats, Dogs, and Parrots
Cell Phones
Checklists
Confusion
Consciousness
Countdowns
Cramping
Crowds
Daughters and Sons
Death and Survivor Benefits
Death Certificates
Deaths, Bad & Good, Easy & Hard
Delirium
Depression
Details
Dialysis
Diapers
Diminishing
Directives, Advance or Otherwise
DNR (Do Not Resuscitate)
Doodads
Emergencies
Entertainment
ETD (Estimated Time of Departure)
Ethical Wills
Excuses and Cards
Exposure
Eyes
Falling
Fatigue
Fear of Death
Feet
Floccillation
Food
Forgetfulness
Framing
Frankness
Friends
Funeral Arrangements
Gatekeeping
Generations: “That Talk Common to Snow”
Ghosts and Phantoms
Grieving
Grumps
Hair
Hands and Gloves
Have You Thought Of . . .?
Hearing/Voices
Help (at Home)
HIPAA
History, Part I, Biographical
History, Part II, Medical
Holding On
Home
Hospice
Hot & Cold
Hypochondria
Iatrogenesis
Identity
Intensive Care
Inverse Care Law
Investments, Divestments
Jerkiness and Agitation
Jokes
Keepsakes
Keys
Last Breaths
Last Days
Last Hours
Last Meals
Last Months
Last Things, or the Eschaton
Last Words
Laughter
Laundry
Lawyers
Lemmings
Light
Medicine Cabinets
Medicines
Mindfulness
Money
Mothers and Fathers
Moths and Ministering Angels
Music
Mutual Peril
Nails
Needles
Night and Day
Noise
Nomenclature
Not Wanting to Know
Nothing Funny About This
Nurses, Nursing
Obituaries and Obsequies
Odors
Organ Donation
Overnight Bags
Oxygen and Air
Pain I
Pain II
Pain III
Paperwork
Parking
Pharmacy & Pharmakon
Physicians and Surgeons
Plain Pine Boxes
Politics and Strange Bedsides
Power of Attorney
Pre-Existing Conditions
Preparing the Body
p.r.n.
Quality of Life
Questioning
Quid Pro Quo
Quid Pro Quo, In Reverse
Readiness
Reading
Recycling
Reflection
Respite
Rictus
Risk
Roommates
Sadness
Seasons
Selfishness
Sex
Shit Happens--or Not
Shoes
Signing Off
Signs
Sitting
Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs)
Sleep
Social Workers
Speech
Stages
Strength
Suddenness
Teeth
“Things happen for a reason”
Thirst
Tongues
Triage
Tubes
Turning
Ugliness
Upstairs
Urgency
Veterans
Vomit
Waiting
Walkers
Weeping
Wills
Windows
Winnowing
Wives, Husbands, and Lovers
Women and Men
X’s
Yellow Pads
You’ll Be the Death of Me
Young People
Zero Visibility
--Further Reading
-----Further Viewing/Listening
------Useful (not-for-profit) Websites
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