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Topic: Walk (07/20/06)
TITLE: The Night Round.
By Bronwen Finn
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Armed with a torch, you quietly stand at the patient’s door and listen for the sounds of breathing. If there aren’t any, you tiptoe to the patient’s bedside and shine the torch upwards or at your uniform to reflect the light, so as not to disturb the patient. A moment’s study will tell you if the patient is alive and awake or in fact in a deep sleep. A closer look or a quiet enquiry if the patient is awake, will ascertain that their condition is satisfactory.
Hospitals can be lonely places for patients in the middle of the night, especially if pain or emotional upset are involved. Sometimes a caring word or an act of kindness can make all the difference. It’s a privilege as a Christian to carry God’s presence to patients and a comfort to know that God is with us on our rounds. We need strength to cope with the unexpected – sudden death or serious changes in condition, confused patients or patients on the floor (having climbed or fallen out of bed). Without His strength and presence the night round would be a lonely and scary walk.
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