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  •  Mine also, but we really had to push Hospice and (9+ / 0-)

    the Doctor to keep on top of the pain. Once she was on a Morphine pump, she slipped into a coma for a couple of days. We're in Oregon, and could have done Death with Dignity, but Hospice assured us they could control the pain, which took a lot of pushing to connect with Drs, Pharma, and Hospice. Hospice will advise on Death with dignity, as well as the hospital social worker and cancer society. Lethal dose? We could have done it with pills we had prior to hospice, but once hospice comes in they supply meds by the week, so you don't have a "lethal" supply.

    •  Is hospice different from state to state? (2+ / 0-)
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      When we had hospice for my MIL, they provided us with a box of morphine in many forms. pills, chewables, liquid, suppositories etc.  They gave us a hug and went home for the weekend saying, "now you can do no harm."

      We didn't need the morphine as she went pretty peacefully with pneumonia.  I appreciated hospice, however, for the care after death, it was much better than having to call the sheriff's department to report a death at home.

      God knows I need a crutch at times To help this gimpy soul of mine along But not a Burning Truth That we must kill each other over.-Ric Masten

      by deminmarineland on Mon May 11, 2009 at 07:49:26 AM PDT

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