Americans do have a responsibility and obligation to make their own health care decisions regarding end of life preferences. It is up to the person because it is his or her own life. Every person in the world as autonomy-self governance- and not using his or her autonomy is completely irresponsible. It is very important to think and plan out exactly what medical treatment you do or do not want before it becomes too late. What if you get into a car accident and you become stuck in a persistent vegetative state, with out any advance directives? Would you want a doctor making the choices you once had for you? Would that sit well with you or your family? I don’t think so. It is your own life and body; a person should be in control of every aspect of his or her life. A person has a responsibility to pick and choose what medical treatments they do or do not want. In addition, a person has a responsibility to have a clear understanding of the information that is presented to them. Also, a person has a responsibility to talk things over with their family and friends about the end of life decisions, and to make sure they do have a surrogate incase they do become deemed incompetent. If a patient becomes incompetent, it is up the surrogate or the family of that person to make sure that the patient’s medical wishes are to be followed through in the exact the patient wanted. If anything else occurs it would be because the surrogate or the family was irresponsible. The patient is not the only person responsible, but also their family or the appointed surrogate. The patient and the patient’s family should know enough to question the decisions of a healthcare provider. If they do not it would also be irresponsible. Again, every single person is in control of their own life and it is up to that person or the person’s family to make sure that their healthcare decisions are to be carried out.
“I wasn’t good with authority, went to lots of schools, didn’t like the fact that there was no autonomy.”
Nigella Lawson quotes
This article was a really good one. It really gave me some insight into what some people and families have to go through. Everyday is a constant struggle. The patients are hoping and praying that some how in some way they get better. Most of these treatments or medications that are giving to the patients do not save their lives. These treatments are very painful and make patients sicker then they already are. In most situations the patients end up dying and their families are left with thousands of dollars of debt for something that probably isn’t going to work. So, if medicine can not save your life, it should make the quality of life for the patient as pleasant and as comfortable as it can be. The majority of patients die in pain and they can not be a bit happy with how things are. If it were I on the hospital bed I would want something to help me ease into death so I can have a little peace of mind before I die. Also, this would help families as well. Imagine the stress and heartache that would be lifted from them if they knew their family member died a peaceful death, regardless if they had cancer or not, they knew that person was in a good place. They would make them feel so much better. Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Doctors and hospitals do not follow this very well. All they try to do is get rid of the disease. It is time shift some of the focus to the well being of people and not just the physical well being. So if medicine could not save your life it should give patients the peace of mind that they deserve.
I believe some movies or t.v. shows do a good job at portraying death. For example, The Lion King. When Mufasa dies, everyone knows he is not coming back. Even little kids know this. They know this because of Simba’s reaction to his father’s death. It sets in that what had happened to him is not reversible. And what’s done is done. I think they do a good job at introducing death to children who don’t know about it. In other t.v. shows or movies, I believe death is hard to comprehend or understand for little children. The kids might know that the main character may not be coming back, but I don’t think they understand why. Maybe they think the character left or something. Some of language is unclear or might not be interpreted correctly by the children watching the movies or t.v. shows. Because in most movies, the word death is not said. They beat around the bush and try to sugarcoat what happened, without coming out and being straightforward about it. In shows or movies that are meant for older age groups I believe they do a good job at portraying death. In some movies they do a good job about what goes on after a person has died. Such as the grieving process and how families deal with the death of a family member or a friend of the family. But then again, some movies do a poor job at this. Some films and t.v. shows do a good job and others don’t. That’s just how it is. It depends on the show or film, and what age group is meant to watch that show or film. Movies and t.v. shows that are meant for younger children are not going to have the same language as a movie or t.v. show that is meant for an older age group. I don’t think the language makes America a death denying culture. I think they use certain words to maybe spare feelings of little children, who might not know what that word means. Because in adult films or shows they use the words death or dying. It just depends what your watching.