Blog #3

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         I like to describe our people and society as a very stressful lifestyle. In many cases we tend to let meaningless tasks get the best out of our emotions when their not actually harmful to our health. Since that there are so many little stressors that we come across daily, I believe that we tend to put the most stressful situations behind us to deal with later. Amongst some of those heavily stressful events, the most stressful one that I could imagine would be to have to face those deadly medical occurrences for me and my family.

         Although it is a responsibility to take care of my own medical “end-of-life preferences”, the decisions that I would have to explore to make would be those that I would consider to be of greater stress. It is our responsibility to make our own medical preferences but nobody wants to go through the mental process to make those decisions. Although it may be our duty to make our own medical decisions, we cannot forget the fact that if it wasn’t for technology we wouldn’t have to make so many interventional decisions. So, whether technology has actually helped or hindered our decisions for medicine will always be a relevant question to consider.

            Regardless of what opportunities we are presented with that could possibly save our life, it is always the individuals view on what is actually humane to do. Everybody’s outlook on autonomy is different for each individual, while some people have the same views other people will have different views. At the end of the day, as long as the patient is able to communicate, it is the patient’s decision and authority to make his or her end-of-life procedures. If the patient is unable to make his or her own decisions then the family should be responsible for doing so. Although the medical decisions for a loved one places a big burden on the family, the family has to be able to live with what happens to their family member, so why shouldn’t the family have that responsibility to decide what happens when they are presented with all of the outcomes possible? With that being said, they should have the opportunity to question healthcare providers. I know that personally, if me or my family were to question a healthcare provider, it would be based off of personal family and cultural beliefs. Irma Broderick Jacoby made a living will but that was because she already had her own preconceived beliefs on what needed to be done

            At the end of the day, my personal outlook is that at any given time whether a family or the patient knows extreme amount of information or knows nothing, they should always know enough to question the doctor because when it comes down to the very end-of-life only the patient and the family know what is truly best morally.. 

 

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2 thoughts on “Blog #3

  1. I strongly agree that people tend to deal with stressful situations by pushing them to the back burner and ignoring a problem even exists until the last moment. And yes, it is also our duty to make our own medical decisions nearing end of life to take the weight and frustration away from our families. It is, however, the responsibility of the family members to understand what the patient wanted in the event that the end of life was nearing and the patient is no longer able to make their own decisions. I also agree that questioning a doctor is not only important in that it looks out for the patient if their knowledge is limited, it also educates them on the procedures and any possible outcomes.

  2. I loved the point you have made about technology causing a higher number of interventions. And it really begs the question, “if technology has the ability to intervene so frequently and at such great lengths, why isn’t technology also utilized to make advanced directives and advanced directive education more accessible, or prominent, or sensible.” I believe that your quote “whether technology has actually helped or hindered our decisions for medicine will always be a relevant question to consider” is absolutely true. Perhaps if we could harness our technology, or our advanced processes for a productive means of having our people be responsible for their own end of life care we could say that our technology is a definite help.

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