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a hard book to read but I am so glad I did,
This review is from: In the Midst of Life (Hardcover)
This was not an easy book to read. I work with dementia patients. My Mother is 92 and 2 years into this awful disease. How wonderful our medical services are but have we gone too far? Do we have a choice about resuscitation/invasive medical procedures? I was in A&E yet again with my Mother, having been ambulated in after another TIA and I was frowned upon as I reminded the senior nurse that my Mother had chosen not to be resuscitated. "You will have to see the doctor about that!" We have now asked the Care Home NOT to have her admitted if she is not in pain or fallen & broken anything, but "they have to cover themselves because of litigation"!! I have seen so many die a far worse lingering death after 'medical intervention' in later life. I am not saying there are any easy answers but why as a society do we not talk about Death and ask the questions? This should be one of the books read by every medical student, doctor, Care Manager,and many more! In the end, reading this book has made me even more LIVE and appreciate the LIFE I have left and LIVE every day to the full, and wear a pendant - NO RESUSCITATION PLEASE!
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Initial post: 15 Mar 2012 12:26:57 GMT
Having been through the above situation with my Mother in law who had severe Alzheimers I fully sympathise with the above reveiwer. When Mum lost consciousness and stopped breathing in hospital she was resucitated. When I arrived at the hospital the nurse told me what had happenned, obviously expecting me to be pleased about it. I stood there in disbeleif and asked why they had done so. The shock on her face was palpable. Mum lived another 3 years of what could only be described as misery for her and us, with constant trips to A and E. This prompted me to talk to my parents about the question and my Father made his own DNR when it was clear there was nothing more that could be done for him. I too have made my wishes clear to my family if they face that situation with me. I have read Jennifer Worth's other excellant books and will be reading this one. And for the record I put a very high value on the sanctity of life!!
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