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Things to consider when having that "End of Life" talk with your physician

Your doctor probably will ask you in the event of an emergency hospital visit or during the course of any illness what do you want done?  What special medical care would you want and what do you not want done.

Everything your doctor writes down will probably be exactly what the hospital ER reads when you have to visit the ER. How they interpret your answers are unknown.  For instance if you say you do not want to be on the so called life support, or a respirator the hospital may decide that you do not want oxygen, or that you may not want medical care that could end up continual.

You may think that life support means that you are unconscious and will stay that way while hooked up to machines. The hospital may interpret that as you do not want the use of oxygen, an air pump, asthma medicine, a whole lot of things that in other times no one would even consider not doing.

Be careful what you say.  Be very explicit what you mean.  Do not leave any room for misinterpretation.  Please review what your doctor has written before you leave the office.  Your life could depend on it.





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