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Some explanations of words you find in a living will/ advanced directive.

LIVING WILL.

 

The recent developments in the case of Mrs. Terri Schiavo have made us think for a moment. What would we do if our loved ones or we would be in a vegetative state and most likely (many different discussions are being held) we could not respond to our environment? We are depended on caregivers and are at risk for many complications and suffering due to the inability to express our needs.

 

Many people have extended discussion what they should could or would do or what doctors or the government or any authority “could” do.

My question here is: What can you do?

Do you have a living will/ advanced directive? Have you ever seen a living will form, an advanced directive form? Have you discussed with your loved ones in case you are not able to make your health decisions.

Why is it such a pain full subject? It can happen to any one and hopefully it will not …but it might save your loved ones and your self a lot of hardship.

 

A living will or advanced directive is a document signed by you and a witness. This living will or advanced directive form is a document were the person involved, you, for example, can write all his/her wishes in case your health declines and you are not able to make decisions anymore regarding your health. It is also a form that helps your family to give direction in case you are very ill and are not able to express yourself. Many family members have very different approaches to extending life or do more procedures or not when a family member is sick.

Many doctors’ offices or emergency rooms have living will forms available. Call locally if you wish to obtain a free copy. They are also available through your lawyer or through the Internet. At the bottom there are some links to websites, which have forms available.

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:

 

  1. How would you like to spend the last weeks, months or years of your live?
  2. Have you ever visit care homes in your town or nursing facilities?
  3. Would your spouse be a right kind of person to make those decisions?
  4. Are you able to speak with your loved ones about how you would like to spend the last weeks, months or years of your live.
  5. Do you trust your doctor well enough, and will he respect your wishes?  
  6. You can look for another doctor you know?
  7. You have the right to choose what you want regarding any medical treatment.
  8. Who would be a good person to help you in this decision making process.
  9. Would you like to receive antibiotics, have a feeding tube, given fluids directly in your veins. Do you want to receive comfortable measures or not.

 

It is a good time to know think about the above and start working on a living will. All the above food for thoughts might be taken into consideration when you make up a living will form/ advanced directive form. In a few weeks we might all forget Mrs. Shiva and the discussion. Take time now and think and get a form and start writing your living will form.

 

Prevention is the best maintenance.

 

Warmly Pieternel

 

Click here for emergency stories related to living will/ advanced directives.

Click here for a list of terminology descriptions used in a  living will/ advanced directives




Emergency stories related to not having a living will form.

 

Many people do not have a living will/ advanced directive form. Many people who come in the hospital have no clue what it entails.

Often it takes time for people to get used to th idea and terminology. I hope this three articles will help you.

 

Many times and this is an often occurring scenario in different versions:

Older gentleman comes in who has been in a care facility for several months or years. The gentleman old, often has Alzheimers or had a stroke in the  past and is not able to communicate.

When we as medical person ask if there is a living will or advanced directive the women will tell us that she has power of attorney and that she wants her husband to live as long as possible. Often I wonder what the husband really wanted…but as he is not able to make his wishes clear for us now..there is no way of knowing…..

 

Mother has a 33 year old daughter who was resuscitated “successfully” 3 years ago. For  the medical staff the daughter is living as a vegetable in a nursing care facility. She does not respond, can not talk, has contractures of her feet and hand due to not enough mobilization of the joints. Mother really thinks that she can hear her and talks to the daughter as if she can and is convinced she responds. Medical staff cannot see this. 33-year-old daughter comes in regularly for lung or urinary tract infection due to the necessary use of catheters. 

 

The list of patients who comes in on a regular basis because they took to much heroine or methadone is to long… some of them have hepatitis C or HIV…. Many of those patient have no living will and not do not want to fill out any kind of written pre through -thought statement…..This is reality.

 

The above is not “good” or “bad”. The moral of the lesson here is what do YOU want and what can YOU do to help faith find its proper way….

 

A simple form called a living will or advanced directive can save you and your loved ones a lot of head aches to say the least.

 

It might not be an easy subject but reality is around the corner. Sorry to say. It can happen to all of us.

 

Warmly Pieternel  

 

Click here for a list of terminology descriptions used in a living will/ advanced directives.

Click here for an in depth article on living will forms and advanced directive forms.


List of words used in living will and advanced directive forms.

 

Advanced directive: advanced directive is a document signed by you and a witness. This living will or advanced directive form is a document were the person involved, you, for example, can write all his/her wishes in case your health declines and you are not able to make decisions anymore regarding your health. It is also a form that helps your family to give direction in case you are very ill and are not able to express yourself. Many family members have very different approaches to extending life or do more procedures or not when a family member is sick.

 

CPR: Cardio pulmonary resuscitation. A terminology used to describe the process to “save lives” by means of supplying the body with enough oxygen. Ways are mouth-to-mouth or artificial by an oxygen mask or in worst-case situation to bring a plastic tube in your windpipe and put you on a machine (ventilator) to supply your body with enough oxygen. When you are on a ventilator, you cannot talk and communication is limited. This procedure of being on a ventilator is painful and uncomfortable so the patient has to be “sedated which means to give a lot of drugs, to keep you asleep. All these procedures have risks and those drugs have side effects.

 

DNR= Do not resuscitate: A terminology for a written or verbal consent that the person does not want to be resuscitated and or put on a ventilator (breathing machine). Advisable is to put it in a written form, as a living will form or advanced directive form.

 

 A living will: living will or advanced directive is a document signed by you and a witness. This living will or advanced directive form is a document were the person involved, you, for example, can write all his/her wishes in case your health declines and you are not able to make decisions anymore regarding your health. It is also a form that helps your family to give direction in case you are very ill and are not able to express yourself. Many family members have very different approaches to extending life or do more procedures or not when a family member is sick.

 

Resuscitation: Resuscitation is a procedure done by emergency personal or laymen who have taken special CPR classes. The procedure consists of maintaining an open airway with the purpose of helping the purpose to breathe. Breathing is essential for our brain and heart function. When the brain does not receive enough oxygen the brain cells die after 3 minutes and the changes or irreparable repair is increased. This can result in a coma.

 

Click here for an in depth article on living will forms and advanced directive forms.

 

Click here for emergency stories related to living will/ advanced directives.

 

 

Pieternel

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