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(Fox 10 Mobile)   Hospice patient was former forest ranger, but hasn't been able to go outside for several years, because of his illness. Firefighters decide to take him on one last hike in the forest. Dust, dust... it's everywhere   (fox10tv.com) divider line 35
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2014-06-15 12:29:51 AM  
Together, the group took Ed up and down the trails, bringing him the scents of the forest by touching the fragrant growth and bringing their hands close to Ed's face. Ed was delighted.

Until fireman Bob inadvertently grabbed a handful of poison ivy.

Joking aside, kudos to all who made it happen.
 
2014-06-15 12:50:56 AM  
Good work, gentlemen.
 
2014-06-15 04:11:05 AM  

Notabunny: Good work, gentlemen.


Shift six.
 
2014-06-15 04:11:27 AM  
Cannot bear to read...

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2014-06-15 04:17:26 AM  

danielscissorhands: Cannot bear to read...


Stories like this make me feel good to be a human. Kudos to all those involved.
 
2014-06-15 04:27:31 AM  
They left out the part about leaving Ed in the forest, and his being eaten by bears.
 
2014-06-15 04:43:17 AM  
That version of the story is missing one key piece of information:

"While Ed's visit took place in March, Evergreen Hospice Volunteers shared his story on Facebook on June 9. Ed has since passed away."

I'm very glad they were able to grant him his last wish: something that almost everyone else on the planet would take for granted. I think I'll go and take a hike with my dad tomorrow.
 
2014-06-15 05:01:33 AM  

Pointy Tail of Satan: They left out the part about leaving Ed in the forest, and his being eaten by bears.


Don't be silly it was wolves. He was delicious.
 
2014-06-15 05:03:25 AM  
Work for this hospice agency, and very cool we were a part of this :)
 
2014-06-15 05:10:54 AM  
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2014-06-15 05:27:11 AM  
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2014-06-15 05:31:32 AM  
Wow. That was special. Well done, everyone involved. The best in humanity, when so often all we hear about is the worst...
 
2014-06-15 06:17:57 AM  

WrongTrousers: Work for this hospice agency, and very cool we were a part of this :)


Your hospice agency is very cool to have been involved in this.  You are also a special person to be involved in hospice.  I've had many friends and relatives that have used hospice care at the end of their life and have never failed to be impressed by the care and compassion that is shown for every patient.  The medical community in this country is certainly admirable for the way they work to save and prolong lives.  Hospice is even more admirable, in my opinion, for the dignity and grace they provide at the inevitable end.
 
2014-06-15 06:18:35 AM  
As part of the hike they crossed the River Styx.

/All joking aside, BZ!
 
2014-06-15 06:29:18 AM  
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2014-06-15 06:57:35 AM  

Oldiron_79: Pointy Tail of Satan: They left out the part about leaving Ed in the forest, and his being eaten by bears.

Don't be silly it was wolves. He was delicious.


Not bears? Did they forget the peanut butter?
 
2014-06-15 07:42:15 AM  

WrongTrousers: Work for this hospice agency, and very cool we were a part of this :)



Careful, you are going to get called a special person a lot now.
 
2014-06-15 07:48:19 AM  
oh goddammit. bawling like a baby at the picture before even reading the article.
 
2014-06-15 08:35:20 AM  

I eat mop: oh goddammit. bawling like a baby at the picture before even reading the article.


This.
 
2014-06-15 08:36:43 AM  
Stands and Applauds.
 
2014-06-15 10:34:28 AM  

Mr. Right: WrongTrousers: Work for this hospice agency, and very cool we were a part of this :)

Your hospice agency is very cool to have been involved in this.  You are also a special person to be involved in hospice.  I've had many friends and relatives that have used hospice care at the end of their life and have never failed to be impressed by the care and compassion that is shown for every patient.  The medical community in this country is certainly admirable for the way they work to save and prolong lives.  Hospice is even more admirable, in my opinion, for the dignity and grace they provide at the inevitable end.


The medical community in this country has a very specific reason to extend the lives of patients. The longer you live the more they can bill you for. I'm not sure human kindness factors in to their business model.

Hospice staff on the other hand seem to be in it for the right reasons. They seem to genuinely want to treat people with dignity and respect.

 Wasn't it Stephen King who said that his mother lived through the most horribly painful and drawn out cancer death that modern medicine could provide? Fark those monsters that draw it out forever just to keep the money rolling in..
 
2014-06-15 10:38:50 AM  
That was so touching.

When I go into hospice, I'll be sure to mention my coaching the naked girls volleyball team.
 
2014-06-15 10:45:49 AM  
This is awesome. Good on everyone involved for making this happen.

A couple weeks ago one of my partner' and mine's favorite patient got discharged from the hospital after about a month and a half, so when dispatch cleared us for lunch we drove the unit over to his house to see him. He looked better than we'd ever seen him since we started transporting him regularly. He kept looking out the window at his backyard an asked if we could take him outside for a few minutes. Not having a ramp, it was kind of a hassle for him to get out the back door, and he used to work on a farm and loved being outside. His wife said no, he'd just gotten over double pneumonia and already had a weakened immune system and she was worried about the heat and mosquitos and such, so we just sat with him looking out the window, telling him how nice the weather was when he asked. Next to going outside he loved to hear about it when the weather was nice. Found out last night he passed away yesterday afternoon. It's something you know is inevitable but never think about when you transport the sick and elderly.

Anyway, /CSB, this story really hit me in the feels this morning. Gret find subby.

/fark blaming the dust, I'm straight up about to go ugly cry now
 
2014-06-15 10:49:18 AM  

Soulcatcher: The medical community in this country has a very specific reason to extend the lives of patients. The longer you live the more they can bill you for. I'm not sure human kindness factors in to their business model.


IIRC, a few of the big health care providers lobbied against the "Death with Dignity" Act here in Oregon; back in the 90's. ( along with the Christian Fundamentalists)

/ it passed
// sucks to be them
 
2014-06-15 10:56:17 AM  

Soulcatcher: Mr. Right: WrongTrousers: Work for this hospice agency, and very cool we were a part of this :)

Your hospice agency is very cool to have been involved in this.  You are also a special person to be involved in hospice.  I've had many friends and relatives that have used hospice care at the end of their life and have never failed to be impressed by the care and compassion that is shown for every patient.  The medical community in this country is certainly admirable for the way they work to save and prolong lives.  Hospice is even more admirable, in my opinion, for the dignity and grace they provide at the inevitable end.

The medical community in this country has a very specific reason to extend the lives of patients. The longer you live the more they can bill you for. I'm not sure human kindness factors in to their business model.

Hospice staff on the other hand seem to be in it for the right reasons. They seem to genuinely want to treat people with dignity and respect.

 Wasn't it Stephen King who said that his mother lived through the most horribly painful and drawn out cancer death that modern medicine could provide? Fark those monsters that draw it out forever just to keep the money rolling in..


fark you. You think doctors and nurses enjoy watching their patients suffer while they waste away, usually so drugged out of their minds they are barely alert? That if they had the option they wouldn't say fark the money and let their patients die with dignity?Go into the cancer ward at a hospital and look at the staff when they come out of a terminal patient's room. Look at the despair on their faces and tell me they're thinking about money.

If you want to blame anybody, blame the bible thumpers who won't even let us, as a country, debate the merits of assisted suicide or euthanasia. The people who think Kevorkian was a monster.

/Jack Kevorkian was a god damned hero
 
2014-06-15 11:16:03 AM  
I've thought about this situation. What if me or one of my fishing buddies is bedridden or wheelchair bound? If they could carry me to camp where I can see the river, I would be so happy to sit in the shade and enjoy the outdoors.

Happy to hear this guy made it out to the woods.
 
2014-06-15 11:19:01 AM  
Is that a priest? Did they bring a priest on the trip? That's a really not so subtle way of telling him "Dude, you... look pretty bad right now."

Also, kudos to the folks involved.
 
2014-06-15 11:30:59 AM  

ElLoco: Is that a priest? Did they bring a priest on the trip? That's a really not so subtle way of telling him "Dude, you... look pretty bad right now."

Also, kudos to the folks involved.


Possibly.  Hospice care is usually provided by an interdisciplinary team that consists of doctors, nurses, social worker, counselor, chaplain and volunteers.  We support the spiritual needs of the patient as well as the family.  It doesn't really matter what religion, belief or philosophy, we support it or find someone who can support it.  We also make sure that any cultural or spiritual needs or protocols after the time of death are met.
 
2014-06-15 11:32:54 AM  

Soulcatcher: Mr. Right: WrongTrousers: Work for this hospice agency, and very cool we were a part of this :)

Your hospice agency is very cool to have been involved in this.  You are also a special person to be involved in hospice.  I've had many friends and relatives that have used hospice care at the end of their life and have never failed to be impressed by the care and compassion that is shown for every patient.  The medical community in this country is certainly admirable for the way they work to save and prolong lives.  Hospice is even more admirable, in my opinion, for the dignity and grace they provide at the inevitable end.

The medical community in this country has a very specific reason to extend the lives of patients. The longer you live the more they can bill you for. I'm not sure human kindness factors in to their business model.

Hospice staff on the other hand seem to be in it for the right reasons. They seem to genuinely want to treat people with dignity and respect.

 Wasn't it Stephen King who said that his mother lived through the most horribly painful and drawn out cancer death that modern medicine could provide? Fark those monsters that draw it out forever just to keep the money rolling in..


fark off
 
2014-06-15 11:49:06 AM  

jaytkay: I've thought about this situation. What if me or one of my fishing buddies is bedridden or wheelchair bound? If they could carry me to camp where I can see the river, I would be so happy to sit in the shade and enjoy the outdoors.
Happy to hear this guy made it out to the woods.


If I can't go outside, you can just leave me out there somewhere. It's time.
 
2014-06-15 12:54:24 PM  
when it is my time to die, I hope I still have eyesight left.  I want to be looking at stars, or at least a slamming high definition projection of stars and other celestial bodies.  As I drift off, I'll be danno to infinity and beyond, forever and ever.
 
2014-06-15 04:03:23 PM  
I am a hospice patient care volunteer. I am part of a team who provides state of the art pain management and comfort to the ill and their families so they can enjoy actually LIVING out their time rather than simply suffering and dying. I personally am simply a companion for patients who hangs out and chats, walks the dog, does the dishes, or whatever the patient and family needs to make the day a bit better.


This story makes me proud and I hope everyone takes a moment to look into what hospice is and what it provides families. Too often we get railroaded into the death panels discussion.
 
2014-06-15 04:24:31 PM  

wingnutdave: Stands and Applauds.

 
2014-06-16 02:03:36 AM  
And then they sent his wife a bill from the fire department.
 
2014-06-16 04:15:10 PM  

Cpl.D: Notabunny: Good work, gentlemen.

Shift six.


I remember one day when I was a kid and my dad was watching the news. He said, "So many times real heroes say, "I was just doing my job."
 
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