What comfort measures would you want? - page 2
Ok...suppose you're terminal. What kind of orders would you want and why? I'd want a DNR, of course. I'd want Roxanol and O2, but nothing crazy, no tubes, no vents.... Read More
Jun 23, '02Occupation: charge nurse Joined: Jul '01; Posts: 124; Likes: 6Just keep me comfortable,just above snowed and let me go...that's it!
Jun 23, '02Joined: Dec '01; Posts: 2,865; Likes: 15If I was terminal in the active phase of dying in the hospital , ideally I would like
DNR status nice and clear so that no chest thumping goes on at all !
pain control that is adequate and beyond adequate and that can be changed instantly if its not working
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO G TUBE , if I am gorked out do not put a tube in me to pump me full of jevity plus or some other stuff to keep me alive Physically long after I should be gone already
dont even bother to take my vitals, I see so many patients that still have vitals done when they are dying, silly , but it happens.
private room please, I'm sure I'm not a pretty sight when I'm just sick, nevermind being glamourous when I'm on deaths doorstep.
adjucnt medication for nausea or nervousness as needed
family and loved ones being able to be near/with me
my favourite comforter on my bed
my cat curled up at the food of my bed
and last but not least
please leave my hospital gown on me when youre wrapping me for the morgue, knowing my luck if you didnt leave the gown on me, when the porters came to take me away, the zipper would pop open and one of my boobs would probably pop out or something
I need to make light of this because the first part of my response had me all depressed and weepy
Jun 24, '02From: US ; Joined: Oct '01; Posts: 6,238; Likes: 1,829No CPR, no tubes except a MSO4 drip.
A good scrubbing when my time is getting close.
A chance to say goodbye.
And the dignity of delivering a lethal dose myself.
Jun 24, '02Occupation: RN Joined: Oct '01; Posts: 911; Likes: 4Originally posted by Rustyhammer
Jack Daniels 30cc PO PRN
Jun 24, '02Specialty: 22 year(s) of experience in surgical, neuro, education ; Joined: Jul '01; Posts: 395; Likes: 56First of all, I would like to chose the locale of my demise. The ocean (atlantic, not pacific). I would like to have a beach house where my room was overlooking nothing but sand and waves. (kind of like in "beaches"). NO CPR, NO Tube Feedings, just a MSO4 drip that I could titrate myself.
I would want all my friends and loved ones to see me before I go--so let me stay somewhat conscious. I think that I would want to hear "free bird" as I am making the transition. that's all.
Jun 24, '02Occupation: Retired Joined: Jul '01; Posts: 4,288; Likes: 31On the rocks or neat...I'll take it either way Jayna.
Jun 24, '02Occupation: Nurse Educator: love those students! Specialty: Med/Surg,ER,L&D,ICU,OR,nrs. educator ; Joined: Apr '02; Posts: 968; Likes: 41I want a bottomless bottle of red wine and real wine glasses available for visitors who must share a funny "life review" story with all there. I want the 3 c's: comfort cleanliness, celebration.
And music would be nice....
And warm hands.....
And smiling caregivers....
Jun 24, '02Occupation: RN Joined: Sep '00; Posts: 735; Likes: 3For those that want Jack Daniels, margeritas or just comfort measures, I highly recommend the following site:
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Jun 24, '02Joined: Jun '02; Posts: 18; Likes: 48IV morphine until I stop breathing...
In my own home...
In my own bed...
Jun 24, '02Joined: Apr '02; Posts: 14DNR with NO feedig tubes and NO IV hydration, wouldn't want to starve slowly while i was well hydrated.
Give me a heplock with lots and lots of morphine and just let go.
Jun 25, '02Occupation: Nurse Joined: Jun '02; Posts: 651; Likes: 3A little tontine therapy, but don't forget to harvest what you can use!!
Jun 25, '02Occupation: RN Joined: Aug '01; Posts: 2,276; Likes: 42PAIN MEDS!! As much and as often as I see fit!! My favorite music playing softly, surrounded by those who I love. Forget the vital signs, who cares? Absolutely no CPR, no intubation, and under no circumstances whatsoever-a feeding tube. Something for anxiety if needed. Keep me clean and dry and repositioned. And dim the *******' lights! Nothing bothers me more than when I have a patient dying and every light in the room is on, especially the big bright one above the bed!
Jun 28, '02Occupation: Student Joined: May '02; Posts: 413; Likes: 21When I die, I pray I die fast and sudden. So that no one has to see me dying. The act of me dying does not hurt me as much as thought of me watching those who love me suffer while they are watching me die. OOOWWUUUCCCH!!!! I pray that does not happen to me.
Other than that, give me my truck and long fast stretch of road and let me go.