Before I was a nurse, my parents discussed what they wanted. They don't want any extreme measures taken, and at first I thought to myself who cares, I will do everything in my power to make sure everything is done. Now though, I feel completely different. I've been the advocate for the patient that wants to be an AND or DNR. Now I know that should anything happen to my parents, I will follow their wishes. It will be hard but I will stand up for them. They are aware of my wishes as well. (Plus its all written.)
I know that when that time comes, I will be there, holding their hand as they go toward their eternal slumber.