Couple of things.
If you are in a ward like this, a little bit of attention from a visitor can bring you to the attention of the overworked staff. My guy was too sick to get out of bed and eat. Once I was there, he got some attention.
Other thing, this brought me back to 1970, caring for my dying father. There comes a tipping point where you find yourself wishing for it to be over. Sometimes that coincides with the patient wanting for it to be over.