I listened to a great chat at the 'Conversations' podcast site yesterday that is dear to my own wishes, so much so that I had a tattoo put on my left wrist a few years back knowing that it had no legal implications to medical staff, but more for my loved ones to know what my wishes are if I'm ever on life support and brain dead and doctors ask them to make a decision to pull the plug or not.
The podcast was titled -
The cost of denying death
and is worth listening to, as the subject of the talk is bound to effect us all in one way or another when either a loved one or ourselves is put into this painful life situation.
"Ken Hillman is a practising intensive care specialist who is driven to improve the way dying patients are managed.
He says while most of us would choose to die at home, increasingly people do so in hospital.
In the hospital, he says, the elderly patient is more likely to be over-treated, and face death without much dignity.
Ken says the Intensive Care Unit has become a place where the frail and soon-to-die are given life-prolonging treatments without the patient’s wishes being taken into account."