Quote from babynurselsa
The term snowing is not necesarily a term in reference to euthanizing someone. The term is often used in reference to someone who becomes sedated after medication. I can take Benedryl and I am snowed for at least 12 hours.
I have worked in the hospital and as a Hospice nurse. I will treat a patient's pain(especially someone who is terminally ill) so that they are able to achieve the most comfortable state possible. It is not my intent to hasten someones demise. I will be generous as my physician orders will allow to alleviate somone's suffering.
Good post babynrselsa. I'm just here to join the choir and say that everyone who is terminally
ill does deserve to have their pain alleviated even though it may ultimately hasten their death.
For the OP...For example, my friend's father was terminally ill with cancer and the doctor said he'd only live for 2 weeks tops if he was to receive no pain meds. He went on to explain that my friend's father had the right to have a pain free death, but the amount of meds that it would take to rid him of his pain and make him comfortable would probably kill him in 2-3 days. Would anyone make this cancer patient suffer in excruciating pain so he could live in agony for 2 more weeks? Hopefully, no.
It would be unethical and illegal, however, to give a morphine bolus to grandma to send her on her way tonight when she only needed a little vicodin and was thought to live another 2 mos. Do you see the difference?
Oh, as far as the term "snowing" in the hospital it would be what babynurselsa said, but I think I heard the term "snowed" on the show "The Soprano's"!?!? I think they meant it as "kill"...Tony "snowed" someone last night. Hmm....