Janice Mighten uses a case study to gain insight into a child’s perception of an episode of major illness involving an extended hospital stay and recovery
In the UK, tuberculosis (TB) is on the increase. Miliary TB affects the lungs and can leave lasting damage, and affect a person’s quality of life adversely. Healthcare professionals need to co-ordinate services efficiently, to ensure a smooth transition from hospital to home, and ensure there is appropriate support in the community for as long as necessary. In this article, a boy describes his journey through the illness: the associated bewilderment, deterioration, pain, fear and isolation; the emergencies; the prolonged but effective treatment; the care he received; and the support of his family. On discharge, he was still breathless and found it difficult to adapt to home life but, with thorough planning of his support with healthcare professionals, parents and relevant agencies, he was able to get back to school and continue his education.
Nursing Children and Young People. 26, 8, 22-23. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.26.8.22.e475Correspondence
This article has been subject to open peer reviewConflict of interest
Received: 21 October 2013
Accepted: 07 May 2014
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