EthnographicInterview

The interview had a 60 year old lady known as Agatha Walston that hadlung cancer and later I also undertook an interview with hercaregiver that was Pam Antonia.

Interviewwith the Care Giver

  1. What were the routine activities that you undertook during the entire experience?

I had a simple life where I had to wake up and undertake some of thehousehold chores and take my kids to school and then pick them uplater in the afternoon.

  1. How is your typical day different from that time?

A lot has changed since I took the responsibility to take good careof Agatha. For instance, I have to wake up earlier than before andprepare my kids for school, and then my younger sister will have totake them to school and pick them up later.

  1. Can you reveal some of the changes that have occurred in your life?

I no longer have time for myself or even my family and my kids reallymiss me. Given that Agatha is too ill to do anything, I have toundertake all the household chores and ensure that she follows herschedule as expected.

  1. What was the greatest challenge while dealing with the patient?

Fatigue was the greatest challenge. I had invested my emotions in theentire process, and I was often left frustrated with the challengesthat Agatha was undergoing. In fact, I had to help her with the dailyhousehold chores, make sure that she takes her medication and takeher for the chemotherapy sessions (Northouse etal., 2012). At the end of the day, the experience wasoverwhelming, and I was drained physically and mentally too.

  1. What are the changes that might facilitate your role in the future?

I wish that Agatha will be more open and reveal some of thechallenges that she has been facing to facilitate the recovery. Sheseems a bit withdrawn, and she has also lost hope on the treatmentplan even with the promise that it will be successful.

Interview with the patient Agatha

  1. What are the daily activities you undertook before the illness?

Often, I had to wake up prepare for my office duties where I workedas a senior manager. I oversaw the daily routine of all the employeesat the office and ensured that each of them handled his or herduties. I even spent the weekends with my children and engaging insome fun activities.

  1. What is a typical day right now?

I have to spend a large part of my time in bed because cancer hasdrained my body, and I am no longer active as I used to. I spend thedays in the bedroom watching television as well.

  1. What are the various changes that are evident in your routine?

I am often feeling weary and dizzy. That means that I cannotundertake the household chores that I was used to. In fact, my lifeentails sleeping, eating and attending the chemotherapy sessions.

  1. What is the one thing that seems more challenging?

The side effects of the chemotherapy, surgery and radiation have beenquite challenging. Often, the joint aches and the pain in my rightshoulder have led to serious health concerns instead.

  1. Does your present lifestyle seem a bit appealing?

I believe that after the news that I had cancer, I had lost hope andfelt like the world was ending. However, the chemotherapy and theradiation have been helpful and even reduced the lumps and lesions Ihad earlier. I have seen significant evidence of recovery, and thathas been a positive step too.

References

Northouse, L., Williams, A. L., Given, B., &ampMcCorkle, R. (2012). Psychosocial care for family caregivers ofpatients with cancer. Journal ofClinical Oncology, 30(11),1227-1234.