Alternative and Complementary Medicine
You contemplate how to best respond to Houriya to respect eir decision for complementary and alternative care methods, but still provide patient education. Respecting the patient’s value of alternative medication and engaging in open patient education, you take the picture for Houriya and ey sends it to eir sister. You then educate Houriya on how to manage his insulin at home and why ey can’t feel anything on eir heel.
You also reply to Houriya’s request to the interdisciplinary team and who ultimately decides to change the patient care plan to respect eir autonomy. Houriya is discharged home on that day, with an outpatient plastic appointment, and continued community wound care services. You reflect on your values and biases related to complementary and alternative care practices and how you should approach this conversation in the future.