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  •  Hubby and I have living wills (6+ / 0-)

    we have had them for years....   JUST IN CASE...  it forced us to talk about this and we now know exactly what the other one wants IF and WHEN... and if a terri schiavo situation ever happens we have our wishes written down and noterized.

    the very same people who now SCREAM about 'death panels" will be the people who will want to know why this wasnt included when their time comes to need to know what a loved one wanted done JUST IN CASE.

    CNN aka CRANK Network Non-news

    by KnotIookin on Thu Aug 13, 2009 at 06:10:41 AM PDT

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    •  exactly. A living will is just that --- (7+ / 0-)

      a document that says how you want to live. It is not a death document. Most documents provide a check off list that says what you want. You can choose everything. you can say, even if i am unconscious and can't speak for myself, i want ever life sustaining measure -- surgery, feeding tube, life support, etc. etc. don't ever pull the plug --- or you can say which of those you want, for how long, whether you want pain meds but not a feeding tube, whether you want hydration but not nutrition.. taking into account the many possible and confusing medical choices that will baffle and tear your loved ones apart if they are left to make those decisions without any guidance from you. what really toasts my oats is the way living will's are talked about as if they are some kind of automatic "do not resuscitate" order. they are not. they are no more, no less, the instructions a patient gives to keep on file in case they can no longer speak from themselves at some point, which happens to most of us.
      why people who are so worried about "the government telling them what to do" are against a document that insures that they have that power and decision is beyond me. but so much of what they scream is beyond any kind of reasonable human comprehension.

      The word bipartisan usually means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out. -- G. Carlin

      by marzook on Thu Aug 13, 2009 at 06:30:58 AM PDT

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