Wednesday, December 27, 2006

LIving Will Is A Must Today

Read this about the need for a Living Will


Anonymous Sarah Hester said...

Mr. Hughes,
I'm supposing you linked to this post to remind us, as the New Year begins, of our need to at least tie up loose ends.

In the case of the minimally conscious, there is bound to be controversy and the obvious time for a living will to be specific.

A friend of mine fell into a coma following an illness. He was, they assured his mother, "a vegetable." She remained at his side and was there, two weeks later, when he suddenly sat up and pulled the tubes from his mouth and nose--completely conscious and sustaining no residual damage.

Almost all my World War II generation of family has now gone on. Some peacefully, some after long periods of sustained life, some in agony, even with pallative drugs.

All die. It's up to us to let our wishes be known as the law allows. And, it is up to us to reasonably follow those wishes. (Thank God, my friend's mother didn't.)

January 03, 2007 7:22 PM  
Blogger Ivon T. Hughes said...

You,re right and that is what is the problem with this whole process.If you have a Living Will,how do you know if it will be honoured?
It is up to each person to make a decision.Perhaps you could ask for an assessment to be done by several people who must agree on any action.

February 29, 2008 12:36 PM  

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