Ever heard of a guy named Dick Lamm? Once upon a time, Lamm was governor of Colorado. He earned the nickname of Gov. Gloom with blunt pronouncements like this:
"We've got a duty to die and get out of the way with all of our machines and artificial hearts and everything else like that and let the other society, our kids, build a reasonable life."
Lamm said that in 1984. He was right then, and he's still right now.
"If he doesn’t wake up when you shout, or when you shake him, what about when you pinch and twist his trapezius muscle, or grind your knuckles against his sternum for a while."
People who are at the end of their life and are being kept alive artificially have a way of shutting down. Fighting this process is not a peaceful act. Most of the patients I’ve described were on ventilators, with plastic tubes pushed into their mouths and down their tracheas in order to provide respiratory support. The tubes are taped to their faces, and patients who can move at all are usually both tied down by their arms and sedated when on a ventilator, because it is so physically uncomfortable that patients will use their last ounce of strength to pull the tube out of their mouth.
jenfullmoon: Yeah, I still don't know how to solve this problem. It terrifies me, but....I'm stumped.
Yeah, I still don't know how to solve this problem. It terrifies me, but....I'm stumped.
"If I'm irrevocably brain-dead, then stop treatment"
"If I'm dead, then please consider me dead."
If my prognosis post brain damage (of any type) is any degree of vegetative, then do not medically stabilise me, but cease treatment immediately. (Organs ... blah, blah.)
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