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Alastair McAlpine
For an assignment, I asked some of my terminal paediatric palliative care patients what they had enjoyed in life, and what gave it meaning. Kids can be so wise, y'know. Here are some of the responses (Thread).
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Alastair McAlpine Feb 1
Replying to @AlastairMcA30
First: NONE said they wished they'd watched more TV NONE said they should've spent more time on Face Book NONE said they enjoyed fighting with others NONE enjoyed hospital /1
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Alastair McAlpine Feb 1
Replying to @AlastairMcA30
MANY mentioned their pets: 'I love Rufus, his funny bark makes me laugh.' 'I love when Ginny snuggles up to me at night and purrs' 'I was happiest riding Jake on the beach.' /2
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Alastair McAlpine Feb 1
Replying to @AlastairMcA30
MANY mentioned their parents, often expressing worry or concern: 'Hope mum will be ok. She seems sad.' 'Dad mustn't worry. He'll see me again soon.' 'God will take care of my mum and dad when I'm gone' /3
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Alastair McAlpine Feb 1
Replying to @AlastairMcA30
ALL of them loved ice-cream. /4
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Alastair McAlpine Feb 1
Replying to @AlastairMcA30
ALL of them loved books or being told stories, especially by their parents: 'Harry Potter made me feel brave.' 'I love stories in space!' 'I want to be a great detective like Sherlock Holmes when I'm better!' Folks, read to your kids! They love it. /5
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Alastair McAlpine Feb 1
Replying to @AlastairMcA30
MANY wished they had spent less time worrying about what others thought of them, and valued people who just treated them 'normally'. 'My real friends didn't care when my hair fell out.' 'Jane came to visit after the surgery and didn't even notice the scar!' /6
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Alastair McAlpine Feb 1
Replying to @AlastairMcA30
Many of them loved swimming, and the beach. 'I made big sandcastles!' 'Being in the sea with the waves was so exciting! My eyes didn't even hurt!' /7
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Alastair McAlpine Feb 1
Replying to @AlastairMcA30
Almost ALL of them valued kindness above most other virtues: 'My granny is so kind to me. She always makes me smile.' 'Jonny gave me half his sandwich when I didn't eat mine. That was nice.' 'I like it when that kind nurse is here. She's gentle. And it hurts less' /8
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Alastair McAlpine Feb 1
Replying to @AlastairMcA30
Almost ALL of them loved people who made them laugh: 'That magician is so silly! His pants fell down and I couldn't stop laughing!' 'My daddy pulls funny faces which I just love!' 'The boy in the next bed farted! Hahaha!' Laughter relieves pain. /9
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Alastair McAlpine Feb 1
Replying to @AlastairMcA30
Kids love their toys, and their superheroes. 'My Princess Sophia doll is my favourite!' 'I love Batman!' (All the boys love Batman) 'I like cuddling my teddy' /10
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Alastair McAlpine Feb 1
Replying to @AlastairMcA30
Finally, they ALL valued time with their family. Nothing was more important. 'Mum and dad are the best!' 'My sister always hugs me tight' 'No one loves me like mummy loves me!' /11
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Alastair McAlpine Feb 1
Replying to @AlastairMcA30
Take home message: Be kind. Read more books. Spend time with your family. Crack jokes. Go to the beach. Hug your dog. Tell that special person you love them. These are the things these kids wished they could've done more. The rest is details. Oh... and eat ice-cream. /End
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Alastair McAlpine Feb 1
Replying to @melvanwykct
Be my guest!
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Jrs Feb 1
Replying to @AlastairMcA30
How on earth do you manage to keep your sanity, while working with kids who are terminally I'll😞
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Alastair McAlpine Feb 1
Replying to @Cynicalunikorn
The palliative field chose me, not the other way round.
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Alastair McAlpine Feb 1
Replying to @gussilber
Thanks Gus. Working with these kids and their families is a privilege and an honour.
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Alastair McAlpine Feb 1
It is my pleasure and an honour and a privilege to be able to work with these amazing kids and their families.
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Alastair McAlpine Feb 1
Replying to @DotheDirty
You are most welcome.
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Alastair McAlpine Feb 1
Replying to @KymmyW
She clearly was a wonderful palliative care physician!
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