Energy Surge or Progress?

Just got my daily update from my father on Bob in Florida... They arrived back at the hospice facility this morning and were greeted by reports by the nurses that he had toast this morning, is drinking, and is talking. The staff is already discussing how if this progress continues they will need to consider signing him off of hospice as early as next week, which seems (to me) quite hasty given the prognosis earlier this week. Based on my work with this population, he may be experiencing an energy surge which is very common at the end of life. Given that the only medication he is taking at this time is to control pain and secretions and that he is only on a nasal candula when previously he needed much more intervention to breathe - this may be an energy surge... but stranger things have happened... I'll continue to update as the reports come in.


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