Blog 2: “Letting Go”

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This story was extremely compelling, right from the beginning I was hooked. I feel like Sara’s story isn’t too rare, unfortunately many “healthy” people get cancer when they least expect it. What really got me thinking about this story was healthcare. The cost for the terminally is really outrageous, when the article mentioned that 5% of Medicare goes to people in the final year of their life, especially in the last months I was left pretty speechless. I just feel as if companies hike up prices because they know that loved ones will go to the greatest extent just to prolong the life of the patients; it’s quite cynical. Following that paragraph in the story, the author brought up a good point, the patients are “prepared” to die, they know that they are facing reality, however it’s the family and even the doctors who are unprepared. It makes me question, is this really what the patient wants? Do they want to keep suffering on machines when they already know the future ahead of them?

    When it comes to hospice, I get this eerie feeling. The thing that really gets me is that people walk in but, they don’t walk out. I do like that patients get a piece of mind and medication if they are in pain. As for Sara, I just can’t help but feel over emotional for her. This brand new mother is just going through a world wind of heartbreak, how does one cope with all of this? Every time she opened a new door to medicine it slammed right back in her face. I really enjoyed how Sara was still optimistic, she was still fighting up until her last breath. I really hope that Sara’s death was somewhat peaceful for her. I think it the mother had the right mindset when she told the nurses to stop doing things to Sara.

    Coming back to the question: What should medicine do when it cannot save your life, I think for anyone that’s extremely tough especially with all the circumstances and obstacles people have to go through. Medicine can easily prolong a life, it can give family members a more optimistic outlook on their loved one condition, as well as the patients outlook. However, I feel as if medicine is a double edged sword. It may be easy to prolong someone’s life with medicine, but it can also kill the person just as easily. Chemotherapy is extremely harsh on a human’s body, it completely depletes the immune system. When medicine cannot save a life, it should be more of a support system to a patient.  

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Prompt 1 ~ 9/5/13

 

 

 For this prompt I am using the TV show “American Horror Story” Season 1. In this show many people die either unexpectedly or on purpose and often characters can come back to life if they die in a certain house. When one of the main characters died- Addie a 40 year old lady with Downs Syndrome, the grief was almost unbearable. Unlike other characters on the show, she was was not evil and her death was pretty tragic. After being hit by a car, Addie thanked her mother for not putting her into the house and allowing her to die since she didn’t want to live forever feeling trapped. Overall, how death is portrayed in this show is a bit unclear but refreshing at the same time because it goes into the subject of immortality.

   I believe that the media has a huge influence on our understanding of death. because rather its the news or a TV show we always see it. The media can help us learn to grieve (for better or worse) because we are fed opinions by many people as we watch TV. The media does portray a diverse portrait of how society deals with death and dying. For example, think about the news. When we hear things like war and people dying we may feel sorry, but we don’t really grasp the full effect. However, when a famous celebrity passes on the whole country grieves as one. I think the media tries to glamorize death if there is such a thing. Going back to a war story, we only hear tidbits and not the full details however, when it came to the death of a famous celebrity such as Micheal Jackson, we got to hear how he died, the exact drug that killed him, where he was, the doctor who did it and so on. People were still talking about Jackson’s death a year later! To me, it seems like the media is only trying to gain interest of an audience, and nothing else when it comes to death. The media seems to cover only high profile deaths making other death in the nations seem unimportant. All in all, death might not be an east thing to talk about but, the media will give up any information they have on a “popularized death” instead of any regular civilians death for ratings.

  I am really on the fence with the idea that America is a “death denying culture,” most people know death in inevitable. Many people are shocked when a young person dies verses an elder. However, there are still some of those people who believe that they are invincible. I guess what it really comes down to is people’s personal experiences. A person who just had a loved one die will probably think of death more often than someone who has never experienced a person in their life die. I believe that it’s a huge barrier in between the argument of America being a “death denying culture.” Finally, in my opinion America should not deny death, it is going to happen rather it is tragic or peaceful, life is a time game that we can’t escape.