Planning for the End

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The article on the end-of-life of Irma Broderick Jacoby was a rather interesting one. She requested to the doctor if she could have her health restored to a year ago when she did not have to deal with the pain and procedures. I could only imagine the drug out process of always having to go through a rigorous test and getting no sleep to actually rest because people are continuously coming in to see you for something.

Irma’s wishes were to stop all invasive treatment and to go to hospice and receive palliative care to treat strictly pain. The important thing here is she had an advanced directive that specifically laid out her wishes and that they be seen through.

Irma did not want her family to be strapped down with medicals bills. Interesting point here is that Hospice care was about $400 a day, where at a hospital the treatment for a day was about $6,000. Irma considered her family in her decision. Individuals always have an opinion in whether the patient should make their own decision of maintaining life or accepting death. Personally, it is 100% nobodies business at to what is best for the patient when they are having to make such a life changing decision, if the patient is of sound mind.

I have only witnessed this one time on a personal level. When my aunt was in the hospital and kept having strokes affecting her to where she could no longer communicate with speech. Before anything ever happened she placed my mom as a health car proxy to make all decisions regarding health and a living will and what is to be done. I would talk to my mom almost every day about my aunt’s status and what is going on. When I asked my mom on how she felt about making the decisions on my aunt’s health she stated even though it was hard she ultimately knew she was making the right decision because this is what my aunt wanted.

Death is not always easy and clear-cut; it can be difficult and messy leaving a family in ruins. This is why advanced directives should be in place to prevention measures with complete focus on the patient.

 

 

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One thought on “Planning for the End

  1. I completely agree that is it the individual’s choice whether they remain in treatment or decide to give up and life the rest of their life the best they can. It is very hard on family members to communicate the desires of the patient even if they were stated beforehand, because he/she may not agree with that decision. If a person has a living will written out on paper, it is alot easier for healthcare providers to follow those wishes when the patient cannot communicate it themself. As much as we wish that the decisions were simpler, you are correct; it is not easy nor clear-cut at all.

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