Category Archives: Emergency/Crisis Medical

keep the hospital committee away

The second most important thing you can do to keep the hospital committee away is do a Power of Attorney.

:- Doug.

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Only certain evidence

Evidence-based means only a certain kind of evidence is accepted.

:- Doug.

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elective?

What of this care is elective?

:- Doug.

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Don’t burden your family

Don’t burden your family…with decisions about your health care.

:- Doug.

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trajectory of your disease

Which trajectory do you see for your disease? Up, down, a bump in the road? Draw it, please.

:- Doug.

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What does a longer life look like?

What does a longer life look like? After this?

:- Doug.

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Focus on living

Focus on living, not on limits, pain, dying, what you have lost or are losing.

:- Doug.

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“I’m going to beat this”

“I’m going to beat this”—could mean living meaningfully till then. This may no longer mean hope for your body but there can always be hope for life.

:- Doug.

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Why do we from the hospital

Why do we from the hospital
Seek home?
It is the place of life
Where we are known
And live
What does this say about
How we hospital?

:- Doug.

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There comes a now

There comes a now
For me to give up cure
And work on healing.

:- Doug.

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Will I be relevant to me?

Will I be relevant to me?
A year or two from now?
A step or two down my road?

:- Doug.

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Making the decision easier?

Is asking What would Dad want a way of making our decision easier? Yes, and that is not bad. But sometimes we need to think harder and more deeply for ourselves—and them. What is a good child to do?

:- Doug.

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My family will do the right thing?

My family will do the right thing. But how will they know? Unless I tell them?

:- Doug.

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What life are we doing everything to keep going?

What life are we doing everything to keep going? The tubes and technology and drug-induced grogginess, interacting with new strangers every few hours? Or the most profound days of our lives? What can we do to make the latter?

:- Doug.

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someday you will not be allowed

Someday you
will not be allowed
to decide
find out now
decide now for when

:- Doug.

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A third choice

Most people think that their only choices when facing a “nothing more we can do” declaration are 1. do everything; 2. Give up. A third choice is to make each day good, as good as we can.

:- Doug.

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It’s really reflection and heart work

It’s really reflection and heart work, even though on the surface we are talking about nursing homes, Medicaid, and end of life decisions.

:- Doug.

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