ggc456742 402 Views
Joined: Sep 29, '07;
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Thank you for writing your letter. My mother has been on life support for a little over a month. Your letter helped me in my resolve not to take her off of life support, in spite of the pressure to do so.
What a lot of people don't understand is, I am more concerned with how my mother dies than when, and I don't believe that being taking off the ventilator is a pleasant way to die, either for the person who is dying, or the people watching.
Thankfully, her primary doctor agrees. He said that there was no use rushing things as long as she doesn't seem to be in any distress. He said that either she would get well, or she would go into complete system shut down. If that happens, she will go into a deep sleep and her heart will stop.
I did sign a code 2 order, so that if her heart stops they don't have to try and start it again, but they are continuing the care she was already receiving, including the ventilator, peg tube feedings, and dialysis when she needs it.
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