Stages of Life Essay and Interview

Write a 500‐750‐word essay on the Stages‐of‐Life and the influence of age in health care from a patient’s perspective. Interview a friend or family member about that person’s experiences with the health care system. You may develop your own list of questions.

Personal interview with Evelyn Boggess a 70-year-old female family member on May 6, 2019 her life stage is identified as later adulthood or according to Erikson “old age” she is a widow but has two grown children that live nearby as well as numerous nephews and nieces in the area.

Interview:

  1. Do you feel that your stage‐of‐life (later adulthood) has had any effect on your interaction with health care professionals?

Yes, it does as I get older more health issues occur, so I am actually spending more time with my PCP as well as other specialists. I am now having to completely change my lifestyle to address medical issues I never had before or had but am just now finding out about.

  • Which areas of the hospital or clinic were most concerned with your well‐being and feelings?
  • Was your family with you during this hospital stay or outpatient visit?
  • Was your family included in your treatment, such as post‐procedure instructions?

My most current hospital experience was to have an esophagogastroduodenoscopy due to issues swallowing and stomach pain. The physician and the nurses assisting with the testing were very patient and encouraging as the tests were very difficult and uncomfortable for me. The testing was carried out at the local outpatient gastroenterology center that was recommended by my primary care physician.

Yes, my adult son was with me as moral support and to drive me home.

As far as instructions were concerned yes, he was there with me, but he could not help with the continued part of the testing, that was my responsibility. The discharge instructions given were as follows:

What to expect:

  • to stay at the hospital or outpatient center for 1 to 2 hours after the procedure so the sedative can wear off
  • to rest at home for the rest of the day
  • bloating or nausea for a short time after the procedure
  • a sore throat for 1 to 2 days
  • to go back to your normal diet once your swallowing returns to normal

Seek help if:

  • chest pain
  • problems breathing
  • problems swallowing or throat pain that gets worse
  • vomiting—particularly if your vomit is bloody or looks like coffee grounds
  • pain in your abdomen that gets worse
  • bloody or black, tar-colored stool
  • fever

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