quote:I think I generally agree with you but am having a hard time coming up with that exact directive "if x then y". Thanks for the responses so far, and it will prompt me to do some digging for more examples of living wills to find the one that fits my wishes the best.
Everyone should have a living will, IMO.
Does anyone have a living will?
I can't get myself to pull one together, although I suspect that it would be better for my family if I did (or would it?). Either I tell them to pull the plug, or I state that by golly I should be kept in a vegetative state forever. There is definitely some gray area of course.
What are some of the legal or family implications of having one or not having one? Anyone have some advice on navigating this?
quote:Thanks, frb! I like the concept of clearly stating my wishes but entrusting that to family instead of medical professionals.
Please read my two posts above before you make your decision. If I hadn't known what can happen when a patient turns in a living will to a hospital upon admittance, I probably would have done the same thing. It'll be a cold day with 6' of snow in Baton Rouge before any facility gets one from me!
After the stroke, she was still able to speak. She called her daughter one night to tell her she was having trouble breathing but the nurses would not give her oxygen. The fastest family member who could get to the hospital happened to also be a nurse (at a different facility). She was able to straighten out the nurses who misinterpreted a living will to mean no treatment at all! Oxygen was immediately put on this poor elderly patient and she felt much better!