Re: ? about transition...
transition is the process of the body shutting down, preparing itself to pass on. Several physical changes start taking place. For some people the transition last longer than for others. It involves the digestive system, the bowels, kidneys, liver, blood pressure, temperature (Bud's spiked to 104 during the last few hours), breathing patterns, heart rythm and ultimately the brain. I am in no way medically certified to be able to tell you when the transition begins, but I can tell you that Hospice is very aware of these changes as they deal with these end-life issues every day and can prepare the family and the patient for what is happening. I know that I would have never been able to get through those last days without their help and care.