Making my Health Care Proxy

  1. I need a health care proxy. I'm tired of seeing helpless folks at work without one getting stuck with vents and g-tubes. All of this being said, I'm confused about how to word one. "No artificial nutrition" comes to mind I guess but does anyone know some key phrases that I can put on my health care proxy that shows that I want nothing to do with a vent, g-tube, cpr, IV, or anything else that might extend my vegetative life further. Good pain meds only! I'd also like to put in there that I want my organs donated entirely and my body donated to science. I need to toss the organ/body donation thing in because my husband doesn't quite agree with me there and although I'm sure he would follow what I would want, I want to make darn sure.

    Thanks,
    Shel
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    About shel_wny

    Joined: Mar '04; Posts: 472; Likes: 8
    Float Nurse; from US
    Specialty: 8 year(s) of experience in Critical Care / Psychiatry

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  3. by   renerian
    Mine says no artificial feedings by any devise or process.

    renerian
  4. by   shel_wny
    Thanks, that pretty much covers it.

    Shel
  5. by   nialloh
    Quote from shel_wny
    I need a health care proxy. I'm tired of seeing helpless folks at work without one getting stuck with vents and g-tubes. All of this being said, I'm confused about how to word one. "No artificial nutrition" comes to mind I guess but does anyone know some key phrases that I can put on my health care proxy that shows that I want nothing to do with a vent, g-tube, cpr, IV, or anything else that might extend my vegetative life further. Good pain meds only! I'd also like to put in there that I want my organs donated entirely and my body donated to science. I need to toss the organ/body donation thing in because my husband doesn't quite agree with me there and although I'm sure he would follow what I would want, I want to make darn sure.

    Thanks,
    Shel
    You should use a lawyer or program to write it for you. You are less likely to forget something this way.
    I personaly used the Family Lawyer disk to make mine. I'm very happy with it.
  6. by   kids
    Quote from nialloh
    You should use a lawyer or program to write it for you. You are less likely to forget something this way.
    I personaly used the Family Lawyer disk to make mine. I'm very happy with it.
    I agree. If you are not able to have an attorney prepare your documents I strongly suggest you look for a legal blank specific to your state. I have seeen them sold at Office Max for about $4. Also, you might try typing {your state} power of attorney forms (or health care proxy forms} into a search engine. It is also possible that your states DSHS or Dept. of Aging has a free blank.

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