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PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE / It's a family decision

"ONLY YOU can know," my grandmother said.

After a two-year bout with multiple sclerosis, my father had rapidly deteriorated and was connected to one machine that breathed for him and another that digested for him.

For nearly a year, I sat in his room every day listening to the artificial breaths, staring at the slow drips in his IV, following the thick, milky-colored liquid traveling slowly along his feeding tube.

"Is this what he would have wanted?" I would ask my grandparents.

"Only you can know," they would say.

More here.

Link to the Alaska Advance Health Care Directive form.

April 4, 2005 in bummer, caregivers, family, people, stuff we don't like to talk about | Permalink

Comments

Really hoping not to leave that gut-grinding choice for my kids to make.

Posted by: mdmhvonpa at Apr 6, 2005 6:34:59 PM