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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

December Palliative Care Grand Rounds

Posted by Christian Sinclair On 8:44 PM

Just posted at Death Club for Cuties.

Lots of good links to blogs I have not seen before.  Please go check out the blog by Jerry a palliative care nurse who has been posting some great pieces besides just Palliative Care Grand Rounds.  Leavea comment and let him know you read it.

We do not have a volunteer for January 2010 Palliative Care Grand Rounds, so email me at ctsinclair@gmail.com if you are interested.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Engage with Grace 2009

Posted by Christian Sinclair On 7:15 PM

In consideration of the many family dinners that will occur over the next few days of the Thanksgiving holiday, we are hosting (along with several other medical bloggers) a guest post from Engage with Grace and the One Slide Project.  This post will stay at the top of this blog from Tuesday the 24th until Sunday the 29th. You can also join the Engage with Grace group on Facebook.

Have a safe and meaningful Thanksgiving!

Some conversations are easier than others

Last Thanksgiving weekend, many of us bloggers participated in the first documented “blog rally” to promote Engage With Grace – a movement aimed at having all of us understand and communicate our end-of-life wishes.

It was a great success, with over 100 bloggers in the healthcare space and beyond participating and spreading the word. Plus, it was timed to coincide with a weekend when most of us are with the very people with whom we should be having these tough conversations – our closest friends and family.

Our original mission – to get more and more people talking about their end of life wishes – hasn’t changed. But it’s been quite a year – so we thought this holiday, we’d try something different.

A bit of levity.

At the heart of Engage With Grace are five questions designed to get the conversation started. We’ve included them at the end of this post. They’re not easy questions, but they are important.

To help ease us into these tough questions, and in the spirit of the season, we thought we’d start with five parallel questions that ARE pretty easy to answer:

Silly? Maybe. But it underscores how having a template like this – just five questions in plain, simple language – can deflate some of the complexity, formality and even misnomers that have sometimes surrounded the end-of-life discussion.

So with that, we’ve included the five questions from Engage With Grace below. Think about them, document them, share them.

Over the past year there’s been a lot of discussion around end of life. And we’ve been fortunate to hear a lot of the more uplifting stories, as folks have used these five questions to initiate the conversation.

One man shared how surprised he was to learn that his wife’s preferences were not what he expected. Befitting this holiday, The One Slide now stands sentry on their fridge.

Wishing you and yours a holiday that’s fulfilling in all the right ways.

(To learn more please go to www.engagewithgrace.org. This post was written by Alexandra Drane and the Engage With Grace team. )

Friday, November 13, 2009

How to Host Palliative Care Grand Rounds FAQ

Posted by Christian Sinclair On 7:48 AM

Here is the FAQ for how to host Palliative Care Grand Rounds.  If you have any questions that this does not answer, please feel free to add a comment or email me at ctsinclair@gmail.com

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Palliative Care Grand Rounds 1.10 - Pallimed: Arts & Humanities

Posted by Christian Sinclair On 10:18 PM

It is up folks.  Hot off the presses.  Go check out the links, promote it and comment on all the posts highlighted to show some love for the good bloggers out there.

Upcoming Editions of PCGR

Posted by Christian Sinclair On 8:43 AM

Palliative Care Grand Rounds is published the first Wednesday of every month.

If you find a relevant post,
Make sure to send it to the next host!


Monday, August 31, 2009

Past Editions of Palliative Care Grand Rounds

Posted by Christian Sinclair On 9:12 PM

Here are the direct links to past editions of Palliative Care Grand Rounds (updated monthly)

1.1 February 4th - Pallimed
1.2 March 4th - Dethmama Chronicles
1.3 April 1st - The Good Death
1.4 May 6th - Medical Futility
1.5 June 3rd - About.com The Palliative Care Blog
1.6 July 1st - Palliative Care Success
1.7 August 5th - Risa's Pieces
1.8 September 2nd - Confessions of a Young (Looking) Social Worker
1.9 October 7th - GeriPal
1.10 November 4th - Pallimed: Arts and Humanities 
1.11 December 3rd - Death Club for Cuties

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

March Palliative Care Grand Rounds is Up

Posted by Christian Sinclair On 11:22 PM

Go check out the second edition of Palliative Care Grand Rounds at the Dethmama Chronicles.

She did a fantastic job! Jessica Knapp at The Good Death is the next host so keep your eyes peeled for good posts to send her! The next PCGR will be posted Wednesday, April 1st.

Hopefully we will have a logo by then.

Email ctsinclair @ gmail d0t c0m if you are interested in hosting an upcoming edition.

Subscribe to the RSS feed for each monthly PCGR so you do not miss it.

Interview for PCGR 1.2 with Dethmama

Posted by Christian Sinclair On 10:24 PM

A new tradition has begun. The past host will interview the current host so you can see behind the curtain a little bit more.

Here Christian Sinclair from Pallimed interviews Dethmama, the March 2009 host of PCGR.

1. You started blogging on the Dethmama Chronicles in the Summer of 2008. What inspired you at that time to start blogging?

I started blogging in June 2008 because I finally got the guts to do it. I remember pulling up blogger.com so many times and then running away because I was sure I wouldn't have the technical skill to handle a blog. Yeesh, was I ever wrong.

But the purpose of the blog was simply to have "someone" to talk to about my work. My job is actually quite lonely-- no co-workers to chat with and my non-hospice friends do not want to hear details about my "day" at work. Our society puts a lot of effort into avoiding the realities of death and dying. Talking to friends about my job really throws them way out of their comfort zone.

2. Why Dethmama as a nom de plume? Is this a nickname you have given yourself or was it bestowed upon you?

The name Dethmama came completely naturally, but I'll give credit to the spelling "deth" to Adult's Swim's "Metalocalypse" which features a metal band called Dethklok. I have no doubt that I'm the oldest, fervent viewer of Adult Swim in America.

3. Hospice nurses have so many interesting stories and experiences. Why do you think other hospice nurses don't blog?

I have no idea why more hospice nurses aren't blogging about their experiences. Maybe many of them are blessed with people to talk to about their work and help them cope. There's a good chance that if I had had a good support system, there would be no Dethmama Chronicles. Oh, dear that sounds pitiful...

4. Please name the last three movies you saw and give a 6 word review of each.

OMG, the movies. You have no idea how much I watch movies (too cheap to go to the the theater, though). In spite of all this I'm actually drawing a blank on this one. Although, there's no doubt that "Caddyshack" still ranks as the greatest movie of all time. Right? My six word review: I laughed until I shat myself.

5. Please name three of your favorite bands and tell us why in 6 words each.

Haven't really focused on listening to bands in a long time. For many years now I've been a big fan of music from India and other Asian sources. Doesn't matter if it's traditional or contemporary --- just love the stuff. I have no idea why that is.

6. Did your interest in ghosts start with your hospice work or were you interested in ghosties before then and hospice work just intensified it?

My interest in "the ghosties" started very early in childhood. Yes, working in hospice has probably intensified my interest and I always try to stay aware of anything "unusual" when I attend the death of a patient. My very recent run-in with "Mr. H." is my first and so far only, unexplained, "on the job" experience.

7. Can ghosts read blogs?

Ha! Tell you what, Christian. You'll be the first person I Twitter when I get a comment from one!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

February Palliative Grand Rounds is Up!

Posted by Christian Sinclair On 7:41 PM

Check out the first edition of PCGR at Pallimed! Read it and go support other palliative care bloggers!

Next month will be hosted by Dethmama at Dethmama Chronicles. Send her any links you think should be included.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Upcoming Palliative Care Grand Rounds

Posted by Christian Sinclair On 10:26 PM

Palliative Care Grand Rounds is published the first Wednesday of every month.

If you find a relevant post,
Make sure to send it to the next host!

February 4th - Pallimed
March 4th - Dethmama Chronicles
April 1st - TBA
May 6th - TBA
June 3rd - TBA


Posted by Christian Sinclair On 10:16 PM

This blog is the hosting archive for Palliative Care Grand Rounds (PCGR). This monthly blog carnival highlights some of the best and most interesting blog posts related to palliative care, hospice, end-of-life, pain and symptom control, grief, and communication in the medical realm.