It’s About How You Live
We wanted to share a sweet story of one of our Hospice patients who “graduated” out of Hospice care (meaning he is now doing very well and living life in the best way he knows how).
While in Hospice, Mike shared that his day-to-day life was a bit monotonous. His end-of-life doula asked him, “given your current health condition, what would you do if you could to bring more joy into your life?” He said he wanted to play golf. He used to play quite often when his health was better and loved the game. After a few phone calls, Mike and his caregiver found themselves on the Kamehameha Golf Course.
Mike had given so many of his possessions away when he first came on to care with North Hawaii Hospice as he thought he was going to die soon. Over time, like so many people who come onto Hospice care, he started feeling much better. He had the Hospice staff to care for him, a patient volunteer, and an end-of-life doula.
It was a beautiful clear North Kohala day. Mike played better than he thought he would and sustained his energy through the 9-hole course. Mike had a portable oxygen concentrator that allowed him to move around with some ease.
The experience on the course gave Mike confidence in his abilities (he hadn’t played for two years), and now he wants to play again, perhaps at a different course (maybe an 18- hole course?). We are grateful to the entire Hospice team for creating these beautiful moments for our patients.