Distance with a patient of certain disease!How do you do while visiting patient?

@aliasad (1567)
Pakistan
April 22, 2007 2:04pm CST
If you are visiting to a patient of certain disease, do you feel easy to sit nearby him in order to console him or keep the distance so that the germs would not attack to you. Well, I had my mother with chronic paralysis for last five years. During this period she had so many allied diseases like diahorrea, fever and likewise others. But we didn't feel hesitate to sit with her either or even to eat with her. It was quite possible that she was our mother, due to this relation we had to. The situation might had a bit different if someone else other than her had the same hmmmm may be!!. But still I believe that one must try to sit with a patient in a way not make him feel that he is being distanced. Whats your opinion? How do you do while visiting a patient?
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13 responses
@gberlin (3836)
22 Apr 07
I agree with you. They main thing is to make the patient feel loved and not rejected.
@chertsy (3805)
• United States
23 Apr 07
If the person was a family member, nothing would stop me from being at there bed side. If the disease that they had could be easily passed on to another person, I think the doctor would take precautions so I wouldn't get it. This person is stuck in a hospital bed or even stuck at home in bed with no one to talk to except doctors or nurses. I think if you are sick and someone makes you feel happy, it helps with fighting the disease. I think it makes your body stronger because you don't want to die. Besides just being there, talk to them, bring flowers to brighten the room up. If allowed there favorite foods. Anything to make the person feel better. Now with people that don't have family members also need someone to come visit them as well. Everyone should know that someone out there cares for them even if the person is related or not.
@aliasad (1567)
• Pakistan
25 Apr 07
Yes, of course one cannot leave the near and dear one! You are right. I would like to add here that sometimes even the doctor inform about the disease, one can never avoid the patient. Thanks for response too.
@cassidy22 (2975)
• United States
23 Apr 07
If someone in the hospital has a highly communicable or contagious disease - the hospital will quarantine them. Most illnesses are NOT contagious. You aren't going to get a fever or diahrea by being near someone who has those things. Cancers, pneumonia, and other common maladies that hospitalise most people, even including AIDS - are not things you are going to get by sharing space and air with another patient. Do some research on the person's illness before you start treating someone like a leper.
@aliasad (1567)
• Pakistan
25 Apr 07
Very right! It depends upon the nature of disease, some get easly attack but not all of the diseases. Thanks for response.
@icequeen (2843)
• Canada
23 Apr 07
I think that some distance is okay...but I agree with you...if it is family you have to make them feel better...no matter how uncomfortable you may be feeling yourself...
• United States
23 Apr 07
it would really depend on how close the person is to me personally (friend,family member).if it was someone i really cared about,i wouldn't sit at a distance.
23 Apr 07
I feel it wrong to maintain distance with a patient when we heartfully want to console him or her, unless it is a communicable disease. Generally people will hate feel uneasy while going to a patient as they feel that the patient has committed a sin, In my experience i never be distant with patient either a relation or not,but console , and pray god that i may not be put to that situation .every human body will get some ailment one day or other. it is only fate that create such situation.we shall be close to them and try to create self confidence for their early recocvery but not discouage with our action i.,e.,kepping distant to the patient.
@Chrqsh (71)
• China
23 Apr 07
I has had hepatitis once when I was 8 years old, I cried through all the night, my mother hold me sleep in her arms to comfort me, I recovered soon under her loving care, but my mom infected by me and spent whole of the year in the hospital. Evern today I still feel compunctious to her. For that reason, I don't approve that to sit nearby the patient you visiting.
@sweetsue (759)
• Philippines
23 Apr 07
I agree with you, It could be a different story if the patient is not your mom or not a family member. But since she's your Mom, you are at ease to be with her and comfort her without any restrictions. On the other hand, sometimes it is unavoidable if we distance ourselves to patient who has transmittable disease. It is but normal. We just want to prevent/guard ourselves from having the same disease.
@Woodpigeon (3710)
• Ireland
23 Apr 07
I am sorry to say I am a bit germ phobic and our hospitals here in Ireland are notoriously dirty. People come out with the superbug MSRA all the time, so I really hate going into places where there are sick people or sick people have been. I have taken care of people who are sick and can do it and deal with it, but I don't like to and I try to avoid it.
@sandeepr (33)
• India
23 Apr 07
first i conform that disease is dangerous (i.e the viruses are not harmful to our health) or not,if it is not dangerous then i take preacautions like i will not go to near patient or not touches the patient.this is very important while visiting patient
@GardenGerty (99413)
• United States
23 Apr 07
My choice, if I am sitting with someone who might be contagious, is to make sure that I wash my hands or use a hand sanitizer frequently. Making sure I do not even touch my face or near my eyes or mouth. Some of the symptoms you describe do not even necessarily mean that your mother was contagious. Things were just making HER body ill, because it was so weak. If I am visiting in the hospital, I worry less about the person I visit, as I know what they are having. I worry more about the other patients and their germs. The best thing to do is to eat right and keep myself healthy, so I have the strength to visit them and be healthy, too.
• United States
23 Apr 07
If I was one of those people who felt endangered by being close to someone who was ill I would not visit them in the first place. When I visit a sick person it is because I care and I want them to know it and feel better.
@anonymili (3138)
22 Apr 07
No matter how close I am to someone I would not visit them if they had a contagious disease and I would expect people that I care about enough that I would even consider visiting them if they were ill would care about me enough to not expect me to catch a contagious illness from them just as if I was ill with a contagious illness I would not expect people to risk catching it from me. :)