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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Defiance & Denial

Defiance & Denial

I don’t believe this was a very popular movie but to me as a brother the scene became strongly heartfelt as I continued to see the movie after the first time. There are many deaths that occur in the movie but the scene where the main Actor Daniel Craig and his 3 brothers all younger than him and at all different ages had to witness their parents death is what I will be referring to. I personally believe that everybody who makes the family “a family” plays a specific role or is expected to play a specific role when events like death occur or even events that are expected to be enjoyed. Consequently, through my experiences and expectations the scene displayed accordingly to theory or thought of every individual plays a specific role or would at least try to. The eldest brother displays strength and compassion while then assuming the role as the parent. The sensitive brother cannot seem to stop crying and really reaches out for support from his brothers while the youngest of the brothers hasn’t really come to grips of what to think, feel or expect after going through such an event. Every single brother displayed his character or “role” through which he is expected to display or just characteristically is. I found the portrayal that was represented to be helpful and useful because in my reality and viewed experience I feel that during such an event family members must assume their roles to continue to live life with acceptance and relief as one family member may be the one to display a strong reaction in motivating the family to live life in acceptance while other family members will be there for an individual to console to. In many ways media may influence our understanding of death as something that just occurs on a daily basis without much emotion since that it seems that through media that our society has become so deadly. They do portray a diverse portrait of how society deals with death because in reality people become hysterical and mourn while through media they mostly seem to miss that picture. In the movie scene the actions and language support that America is a death denying culture and through media it also portrays the same idea except when representing major icons who impacted the culture of America.