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Jane Bates: Preserving dignity in the face of illness

Keeping up personal grooming can help patients to maintain their dignity and avoid being overwhelmed by a medical condition, says Jane Bates

Keeping up personal grooming can help patients to maintain their dignity and avoid being overwhelmed by a medical condition, says Jane Bates

‘You must tell your patients this,’ said a friend, a retired nurse, who had been undergoing a barrage of medical tests. ‘If you have an EEG, don’t plan anything afterwards. I met some of my former workmates for a coffee and seriously regretted it.’

‘Oh no! Did you feel light-headed or faint?’ I asked her. ‘No,’ she replied. ‘They totally ruined my hair. It was full of gloopy stuff. I had to sneak out of the hospital and get home without anyone seeing me.’

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