The palliative care team members are experts in what they do. My doctor can’t be an expert on everything. I would rather have experts helping me fight my disease and have palliative care make me comfortable. I was in the hospital for seven weeks; finally, I was discharged with all these tubes and was terribly uncomfortable.
A friend of mine told me to call palliative care. I called, and the doctor came right to my home! It was too good to be true. I called on a Sunday in pain, and I was able to speak right with (the palliative care doctor). My doctors could not diagnose the pain or come up with a good treatment plan. If I have to live with this pain, I do not want to live. (The palliative care team) is able to help keep my pain level under control.