Monday, April 18, 2005

In terms of end-of-life issues, what do you consider extreme measures?

3 Comments:

At 11:14 AM, Jill said...

In addition to my living will, I have signed papers giving first my husband and then my son Power of Attorney enabling them to make medical decisions on my behalf.

At present, life support systems can be temporary or permanent. I have no idea what gadgets will be developed between now and the time I'm on my death bed.

Any artificial aid such as a feeding tube or respirator that keeps my body alive when my brain is dead is an "extreme" measure.

 
At 7:47 AM, Jane said...

Maintaining life when the person is in a permanent vegetative state. Severely decreasing the quality of life by using treatments that will only marginally extend the quantity.

 
At 2:10 PM, Doug S said...

Don't get me started. I'll make this brief and only answer the question... If I'm alive but not living, I don't want to be. Put me, my family and my friends out of misery and get it over with. I do not want to be FORCED to be alive when my mind and body have no say in the matter. Playing God by keeping someone alive when they most obviously should be dead... that is an extreme measure.

 

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