THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: Caring for a Patient in Pain Who Can’t Speak

What does pain look like in a person who cannot speak?  Most often with Nicholas, it looks like this: When his smile suddenly turns to a ‘stricken’ look, we know that Nick is in pain.  There are other signs too – sweaty palms and feet, high heart rate, staring, not responding in his usual way, ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: Talking to Loved Ones Who Can’t Answer

Our family was at the cottage recently when we got news of an old friend who had died young of a heart attack.  That got us talking about memories of infirmity and serious illness.  I began to recall my Dad – he was only 52 when he suffered his first stroke.  It was the result ...