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:
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.
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.
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