TITLE

Two Decades Have Passed… and Still it is Her Eyes That I Remember: Reflections of a Pediatric Nurse

AUTHOR(S)
Tompkins, Joy M.
PUB. DATE
September 2005
SOURCE
Pediatric Nursing;Sep/Oct2005, Vol. 31 Issue 5, p426
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article presents views of the author on her pediatric nursing practice while caring for a child with Guillian Barre 20 years ago. The author recounts that in 1982 a 4-year-old girl was admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit with progressive respiratory failure that resulted in the need for mechanical ventilation. She was diagnosed with Guillian Barre, a transient ascending paralysis. The child lay before the author getting weaker, unable to move her foot, then her legs, then her arms. The disease ultimately left her motionless. She was not able to breathe on her own and had to be incubated and mechanically ventilated.
ACCESSION #
19222816

 

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