Nurse Kholwa has nightmares after losing a patient
Will she get the help she needs?
Nurse Kholwa, the young nurse, is excited. Daphney, an old high school friend, is about to go into labour. Daphney is scared. It’s her first baby. The doctor is worried about her high blood pressure. Kholwa supports Daphne when she goes into labour. During birth, Daphney develops eclampsia. It causes a stroke and Daphney dies.
Daphney’s death is on Kholwa’s mind. Why did Daphney have to die? Oratile notices Kholwa is not herself.
Kholwa tells her, “I feel so powerless. Daphney’s death reminds me of the day my grandmother died. I wanted to save her so badly.”
Oratile wonders if Kholwa is suffering from secondary trauma. She says, “You should go speak to Mmabatho.” But Kholwa shakes her head, “I’ll be fine.”
Kholwa goes home that night, but she can’t sleep. She has a nightmare. The following morning, she approaches the head nurse, Mmabatho, who encourages her to do some exercise, to eat healthy food, spend time with friends and family, to diarise how she feels and to get enough sleep.
“Thank you for the advice,” says Kholwa. Mmabatho smiles, “I can also refer you to the clinic’s psychologist or you can call the South African Depression and Anxiety Group at 0800 12 13 14.”