Hard Choice for a Comfortable Death: Sedation - page 3

Hard Choice for a Comfortable Death: Sedation By Anemona Hartocollis; New York Times; December 26, 2009 In almost every room people were sleeping, but not like babies. This was not the carefree... Read More

  1. by   BCgradnurse
    I am forever grateful to the hospice staff that eased my Dad's death from metastatic melanoma. The caring of the staff and that morphine drip made his passage easy. Believe me, my family did not want more time with him if it meant having him in pain. I just cannot get my head around the idea that some would rather see their loved ones suffer because they don't want to let go. I know it's difficult, but it's inhumane to let someone suffer needlessly.
  2. by   Chico David RN
    "But, hey, at least his time spent in profound torturous pain was in no way shortened by sedatives and painkillers. Real glad for that.

    Screw that with a stick. If someone did that to a dog they would get thrown in jail. I'll take the sedatives and I suggest others do as well."

    There is a strain of Christian belief that holds that suffering is redemptive and good for the soul. One of the many ways that I part company with organized religion. I'm with you and will skip as much suffering as possible. For myself, the people I love, and my patients.
  3. by   nerdtonurse?
    My dad has lung cancer. If you think I would let anyone (his sisters or brothers or my siblings) come in and start trying to keep dad from being comfortable, you'd see me turn into the biggest "B" in the Western World, right up to and including taking them to court for elder abuse if I have to. I've seen too many people die horribly because of someone saying that we're "starving" someone to death or "killing them with morphine" instead of keeping them comfortable and not dying of aspiration pneumonia. Not me, not mine, NOT EVER.
  4. by   chelli73
    All I know is I would want that sedation for myself, why would anyone allow their loves to suffer??
  5. by   LABSN2010
    For me it's an easy decision to make because I could careless what that family wants. If my patient is in pain I would do my job and elevate the pain. If the patient didn't die on there schedule that's there problem, they are being selfish.
  6. by   tewdles
    I wish that it could be black and white. Too often people have expressed their desires regarding end of life but were not careful in choosing their MDPOAs...when the person becomes incapacitated and unable to speak for themself the MDPOA make the decisions. In too many case the DPOA is too sad, or afraid, or depressed, or selfish, or too something to follow through with hospice goals outlined by the patient. I am obligated to try to help the patient by helping the DPOA but ultimately, I am not "the decider".