Sunday, February 14, 2010

What I Really Know About Tough Choices: Beating the Odds - AARP Bulletin Today

By: Babette Joan Kiesel | Source: AARP Bulletin Today

“When they get this bad, we pull the plug,” the night nurse in charge of the Intensive Care Unit confided.

“But she’s conscious,” I exclaimed.

“Yes, that’s why we don’t do it,” she stated matter-of-factly.

I had just arrived at the hospital. My 93-year-old mother—who lived alone, still drove and had worked until she was 81—was in the ICU with pneumonia. She had also suffered a heart attack there.

I got right to the point. “Do you want to live?”
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