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'Frazzled doctor'

Doctor Subada Mulumudi, Thames Hospice Specialty Doctor (pictured above centre), writes for Hospice Care Week:

“As Specialty Doctor at Thames Hospice, it’s my job to deliver high quality, holistic palliative care. Medical management is just one aspect of the effective control of pain and other symptoms. It is also an emotional, dynamic process which I share with every patient and family. This requires an open mind and an ability to relate without making assumptions on multiple levels – the physical, the mental and the emotional.

“I set the stage for death and bereavement with a focus on celebration of life with compassion and gentle humour. I take home the frowns of challenging pain; the long, anguished conversations of life cut short and the smiles of gratitude and appreciation. Some words and expressions touch me more deeply than others – individuals trying to make sense of the process and inevitable death.

“My experiences of suffering have shaped and changed my life. I do my job mindful that I have the privilege of supporting the last moments of a sentient being and their families.”

The below poem, composed by Dr Subada, describes many of the questions she ponders as a ‘frazzled doctor’.


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