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 (1)

Wife jailed for stabbing husband

"Jacqueline Hodgson, from Telford, had already admitted plunging a kitchen knife into the chest of 47-year-old John, who suffers from multiple sclerosis.

Wolverhampton Crown Court heard on Friday that Hodgson was her husband's devoted carer for 13 years, but snapped under intense pressure."

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November 2, 2003 in bummer, caregivers, wacky? | Permalink | Comments (0)