Sunday, April 1, 2012

Hospice Doctor Admits This Work is Very Sad

(We hope you enjoyed our April Fool's jokes this year. Look for more of our past April Fool's posts here. - Ed.)

April 1, 2012

by Abe R Feaulx, Pallimed Special Reporter

On a cross-country plane flight, Dr. Arya Kidenmee finally admitted to her seatmate, an unabashedly handsome young shower curtain salesman, what the public has known all this time. "I finally had to tell him that hospice work is very sad. I'm not sure why people in hospice and palliative care always say it is rewarding.  We have meetings every week where we just sit and cry the entire time, it is absolutely emotionally paralyzing to try and help people with advanced illness."

When reached for comment, seatmate Brock Montgomery noted, "I knew it.  I run into people in health care all the time and people who work for hospice always appear so friendly and outgoing, but I knew there could not be anything rewarding in helping people who were in great pain feel better.  I'm glad she finally told the truth."

Dr. Kidenmee noted that she has struggled for years in talking at dinner parties and other social gatherings when asked about what she does for a living.  "If only I could take people with me and show them how utterly sad my everyday job is, then maybe they would understand that research that shows resilience and a strong purpose to work in palliative care was all a bunch of baloney. Yes I said it, baloney."

Update: It was later discovered after this story was published that Dr. Arya Kidenmee is not really a physician and clearly from her comments has no experience in hospice.  She was just trying to get Brock to feel bad for her and ask for her number.

Happy April Fools Day 2012 from Pallimed

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