finally got Medscape to email me a new password, since i'd forgotten my old one.
what a thought provoking and interesting article!! I don't know i've ever encountered a patient who didn't want to be turned specifically just to end his life (as it seems this patient was doing)
Most of the ones i've met who won't turn, say it's due to pain or discomfort or their "good arm" is now unavailable, or some other reason that they won't turn. (one LTC pt said it was cuz he couldn't see his tv unless he was on his back).
But no mention is made of this man complaining of pain or other common reasons, it almost seems he was refusing to turn, specifically to hasten his own death. (or, perhaps the man's original reason to not turn, was not included in this article.)
but, whatever the man's reasons to refuse to turn, it is a most thought provoking article.
Interesting last 2 paragraphs on that article, too.
lot to think about...lot to think about.