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Bill jump-starts discussion about our end-of-life wishes

By Ira Zunin

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Sep 07, 2013

~~<p>My father suffers from end-stage Parkinson's disease and associated dementia. Several weeks ago he was admitted to the hospital with a severe case of pneumonia. One week after discharge my family elected to withdraw his remaining IV and initiate him in home hospice.</p>
<p>Dad's advance health care directives included his wish not to be kept alive by artificial means. Because he was drinking only about one-third the minimal amount of fluid needed to say alive, I thought that, in his current state, he would not go on much more than one additional week. In fact, there were times when Dad looked like he would not live another day.</p>
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My father suffers from end-stage Parkinson's disease and associated dementia. Several weeks ago he was admitted to the hospital with a severe case of pneumonia. One week after discharge my family elected to withdraw his remaining IV and initiate him in home hospice.

Dad's advance health care directives included his wish not to be kept alive by artificial means. Because he was drinking only about one-third the minimal amount of fluid needed to say alive, I thought that, in his current state, he would not go on much more than one additional week. In fact, there were times when Dad looked like he would not live another day. Login for more...



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