INTERACTIONAL PHASES OF HUMAN-TO-HUMAN RELATIONSHIP MODEL
What are my findings, Doc?
I'm sorry Ms. Shin, but you have a stage 4 cancer. You have a year left to live.
It's best if you take chemotherapy.
Oh, hello there, Joyce. I'm ready.
Hello Ms. Shin, I am Joyce, and I'll be your nurse starting from today on. It's time for your chemotherapy.
AFTER 6 MONTHS...
Miss, your chemo is already finished. How does it feel? How are you feeling?
Honestly, I don't know anymore.
My whole body just hurts, and I feel so weak and sad that I think I am depressed.
In the first scenario, Ms. Shin consulted her doctor. This is when she first discovered her illness, a cellular aberration (cancer).
I know she's been suffering for so long time. I wish I could say that chemo always works.
The first phase of the interaction process in Travelbee's theory. This phase is the initial meeting of the patient, Ms. Shin, and the nurse, Ms. Joyce.
I feel so hopeless now. It's been 7 months since I started chemo and still no improvements. Now I only have 5 months remaining. My life has no value. It's better if I die already.
The second phase is the visibility of personal or emerging identities. In this phase is when the time a relationship begins. The nurse and patient perceive each other's uniqueness.
AFTER 5 MONTHS...
Dear Nurse Joyce,These past few months, you have helped me a lot. If it weren't for you, I would've given up on life a long time ago, but you gave me hope. Remember when you said there's more value to life than I think? I now understand that. I lived not for my own sake but for others. Thank you very much for giving me the reason to live and making me valuable, Joyce.- Shin
The third phase, empathy, is given by the desire to establish a mutual aid process. It emphasizes the interest in wanting to understand the other person and the similarities of experiences.
The fourth phase, sympathy, is when the nurse wants to lessen the cause of patient’s suffering. This phase is when sharing, feeling and experiencing what others are feeling and experiencing is accomplished.
Are you sure about that? Miss, you have 5 long months more to be valuable while you are living. Why don't you make the most of it? There's more to life than you may think, more opportunities. Please think about it.
As per Ms. Shin's last will, she donated her eyes to the blind man she met at the hospital and her heart to the blind man's daughter, who has a heart ailment. This is the last and fifth phase, rapport, where the patient's suffering lessens.