“Jonathan, there is a phone call for you” my wife called out from the kitchen. It was 9pm and Jenny, one of senior registrered nurses from the nursing home was on the line.
“I think Howard’s declining quickly Jonathan, the carers have just taken him back to bed and they’ve said that he’s had trouble breathing all evening. I listened to his chest and taken his observations, it isn’t looking good, I’ve called his family and let them know”.
Dr Jonathan Ramachenderan
Dr Jonathan has ten years of generalist medical experience with a focus in rural health, anaesthesia, primary care, dermatology and aged and palliative care.
With a special interest in aged care, Dr Jonathan is currently taking a year off to do more palliative care training in an effort to become a better aged care doctor.
“Anne, I think the reason that you’ve been more forgetful lately is because you have early dementia….” my voice cracked with emotion as I delivered the bad news.
I’d never cried infront of a patient before but sheer will couldn’t contain the salty tears that flowed down my cheeks.
Anne’s daughter, seeing my emotion and understanding the great impact of my news, started to cry too.
“Oh Jonathan, please don’t cry, I’m so taken that you would cry for...