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Old 06-17-2007, 08:42 PM   #1
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? about transition...

I've heard a couple of people mention transition before their loved one passed away...what is transition? What does it entail and how do caregivers know when a person is in transition? Thanks in advance!

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Old 06-18-2007, 05:54 AM   #2
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Re: ? about transition...

Dear Ayrie,
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.

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Old 06-18-2007, 06:35 AM   #3
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As Jan mentioned there are many signs of transition that vary depending on the person. As the time draws near hospice is wonderful for showing you what to recognize and how to make the person as comfortable as possible. Hospice is very wonderful and I'm not sure what I would've done without them.
My father had a surge of energy the night before he slipped into a coma. That night (of his surge) he wanted to get up and move around, talk with all of us and even take a ride to visit my mom (who lives a few blocks away) and eat a burger king hamburger - during the last week or so, he was barely eating, drinking and spending much of his time sleeping.
I didn't recognize this until the nurse came in the next day to check on him. But it was wonderful to have a few hours to spend before he left us.
Take care~

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