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When is it too much??? was posted 09/30/1998 03:49 pm by Heather
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Ray,That is a delicate question for one to weigh and balance. Your father has a right to every piece of information that can be provided to him - if he wants it. As a social worker, many patients ask that all information be directed to a spouse or child when they are not ready to process the information and then that person relays the information to the patient in a way that the patient will understand it and may not be so kurt. You could ask your father if he wants the doctor to speak directly to him or to speak to you and you give him the information. If your father insists on hearing the information himself and you are uncomfortable with that, you could always ask to have a family meeting where you will be present when the doctor relays the diagnosis. Please let me know if I can be of further help. sincerely,Heather, LGSWargyle @welchlink.welch.jhu.edu

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