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Tue Mar 24, 2020, 12:02 PM

Is anyone else putting together a DNR or Advance Care Directive?

I'm 69 years old. I have asthma, hypertension and heart failure. After reading a couple of doctors' descriptions of late stage Covid-19, I finally decided to set down my wishes for my partner and doctors. My directive specifies sedation instead of intubation, and includes an "Allow Natural Death" clause. I will also be adding a request for medical assistance in dying if I end up in that state, if that is possible. If not, sedation will have to suffice.

I've lived my life, and I'm quite satisfied with it. I don't want to suffer at the end, and I want to make sure I don't use medical supplies and attention that are needed more urgently by others.

Who else is making such preparations?

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Reply Is anyone else putting together a DNR or Advance Care Directive? (Original post)
The_jackalope Mar 2020 OP
jimfields33 Mar 2020 #1
Zoonart Mar 2020 #2
Siwsan Mar 2020 #3
True Blue American Mar 2020 #4
safeinOhio Mar 2020 #5
HeartachesNhangovers Mar 2020 #6

Response to The_jackalope (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 12:04 PM

1. I already have and everyone should have their wishes known

No matter what they are.

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Response to The_jackalope (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 12:04 PM

2. Just completed the paperwork for a new will...

Medical proxy etc. No trying to figure a way to get it signed and witnessed at the legal firm. We are waiting for them.

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Response to The_jackalope (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 12:04 PM

3. Although I have no health issues, I've had a DNR/Advanced Directive, for years

Unexpected things happen. To be blunt, I'd rather anything in my financial estate go to my family and not to For Profit Medicine.

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Response to Siwsan (Reply #3)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 12:13 PM

4. Had them al

For years. Shown and explained to the family.

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Response to The_jackalope (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 12:13 PM

5. My GF is a RN and has worked for

Hospice many years and is my medical rep. Trust her completely.

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Response to The_jackalope (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 12:36 PM

6. Not yet. I'm 58 and a master procrastinator.

But I should. I've read articles over the years about how it's mostly doctors and other medical professionals who make out care directives, because they know that a lot of the measures that are taken in hospitals at end-of-life only prolong the dying process rather than offering any hope of recovery or even comfort. Of course, people want everything possible done to save their loved one's, but they often don't know when they've crossed the line into simply prolonging death.

Better to think about these things, with the advice of a doctor, while you are able.

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