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August 18, 2008


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This is an extremely good topic. My mother just passed away after 4-5 weeks in ICU. She had signed a Living Will but we kept her on a ventilator because there was hope. At one point she was off the ventilator and started choking from vomit and stopped breathing. My sister was ABSOLUTELY HYSTERICAL because she did not let my mother die at that point. Back on the ventilator she lived for a few more weeks and outstanding things happened in regard to our relationship. It's all a very long story, but Living Wills are a nightmare.

I have put my husband and children in charge of my future should I not be able to act upon it ... it's a big relief all around. I think Living Wills are very selfish. I wasn't ready to say goodbye to my mom when she first needed a ventilator ... the extra 4 weeks or so of hope, prayer, and connecting with my mother I wouldn't give up for anything. And I'm certain she now feels the same way too.

Joy Fulleman

Great article. We just concluded two months in two different hospitals fighting for my grandmother's life who was on a ventilator. Thank the Lord, she did not have a living will and my mom had POA. Those two months were a trial yet a great blessing. In times of sickness, never give up.

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