Nebraska Hospice and Palliative Care Association

Whitey’s Story

Whitey and Cy MurdockPaul, known as Whitey, has Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). This condition causes shortness of breath and requires him to be on oxygen at all times. Whitey used to make frequent trips to the hospital. Now Hospice allows him to stay at home and focus on the important things. Hospice lets Whitey be a grandpa. Whitey can spend time with his grandkids in his own home. He is able to play cards, visit with family, and watch his grandkids play sports. He has even learned how to text his grandkids to keep in touch between visits.

Hospice has also helped alleviate Whitey’s symptoms. He does not have to worry about making frequent trips to the hospital anymore, and he has nurses and aides who visit twice a week to help take care of him. They arrange for his oxygen and prescriptions to be delivered, and they prepare his pills each week. Whitey and his wife, Cy, find comfort in knowing that help is just a phone call away if they need it.

Whitey and Cy want to encourage others to begin Hospice earlier instead of waiting until the final days. Hospice has helped Whitey stay healthier and happier, and it has improved the quality of his life. He is thankful for Hospice and how it has helped him. Whitey said, “It’s just really good for me all the way around. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”

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