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To: yldstrk; beaversmom; napscoordinator
The point is that you do need some form of "Advance Direct5ive" or "Living Will," but not the one described in this article, the one called "Aging with Dignity: Five Wishes." It's way too ambiguous, and does not affirm the right to "ordinary care", e.g. the right not to be cut off food and water so you die quickly and badly from starvation/dehydration.

The essential thing is to have a Health Care Proxy who knows quite thoroughly what you would find necessary or unnecessary, tolerable or intolerable. The "piece of paper" is indispensible because it provides evidence. But even the "piece of paper" isn't going to save you, if you don't have a living person there to to actively and intelligently advocate for you.

That's why I recommend the NRLC "Will to Live" document.

9 posted on 05/17/2011 7:20:53 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("Do you mean now?" ---Yogi Berra, when asked "What time is it?" ---)
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To: Mrs. Don-o
The essential thing is to have a Health Care Proxy who knows quite thoroughly what you would find necessary or unnecessary, tolerable or intolerable.

Absolutely correct. The best solution is to assign a medical power of attorney to someone you know and trust (Mrs. Tick in my case) who knows your desires. Far better than any piece of paper that is left to "health care professionals" to "interpret".

COROLLARY: be careful to stay on loving good terms with your medical attorney-in-fact! :-)

I frequently remind Mrs. Tick that it is not acceptable to *remove* my life support before I am actually *on* life support.

18 posted on 05/17/2011 8:07:27 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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