I suppose we are elderly now. The Doctor has suggested that we fill out health care directives. ( Hint hint, you are getting older and might croak soon and our job would be easier if you would just do this mountain of paperwork) Mine was easy CPR NO, feeding tubes NO, Intubation and Ventilator 3 days and then the plug is pulled, no waiting around either 70 hours is time enough…pain medications..YES!~ BRING ON THE GOOD STUFF!
The three days gives them time to treat you with antibiotics to see if you can recover to be sort of normal/return to home again.
Talk about paperwork…somebody that speaks legal ease must have come up with all that crap. Four pages of instructions and then a hot pink envelope…I suppose the envelope should go on the fridge? I didn’t read that far in the instructions. The three pages of paperwork has to be witnessed by two people and then notarized. The government must be involved to make things so freaking complicated.
Wouldn’t it make more sense to have a Medical ID Bracelet with the info? Or maybe something in your wallet? Maybe it could be put on your drivers license? I know a implanted chip that they can scan!!
I am certain that if the ambulance hauls Far Guy to the hospital I will make sure they have his hot pink envelope.
I was an Emergency Medical Technician for many years, CPR is not an easy thing…I saw two cases where it worked…one lady lived for two days enough to let her family say goodbye and the other fellow lived awhile in the ER and was then pronounced. Time of death? Everyone looks at the clock and then sighs when the ER Doc states the time. In my opinion CPR should be saved for the young and for drownings.
Death Directives: Cremation…I would like the bulk of my ashes to go to the Pacific Ocean at Cannon Beach. Just the sound of those waves crashing to shore relaxes me. A small amount of ashes can go to the cemetery nearby in a smashing ruby red container so mourning relatives have some place to go. We are torn as to which cemetery we should be buried at…I think Linnell is winning over Riverside…because Linnell gets mowed more often…Riverside looks weedy part of the summer. At any case we have not bought a plot YET. Linnell is the cemetery I go to star gaze at night…it is just down the road from where we live.
Our wills have been recorded for a number of years. I don’t know about other States but in Minnesota the will must be recorded at the Recorders Office …in order for it to be a legal last will and testament. I bought a certificate at a local fundraiser that allowed us to have our wills made out by a local lawyer. Again lots of paperwork.
Somewhere on a different computer that has since been junked I had a obituary and an order of service. I will have to work on that again some day. Children should not be left to write the obituary, they have enough to contend with and will often guess at dates and years…so if you want it done right …do it yourself. As I recall it was a rather humorous obituary too. I will have to look and see if I kept a hard copy someplace.
I found this old photo when I was organizing some “stuff” It was taken at Cannon Beach Oregon on October 30 2003.