Living Wills – Putting Your Refusal Into Writing

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Living Wills: Putting Your own Refusal Into Composing

The current medical developments have made it feasible for health care providers to artificially prolong life. To some people, the notion of hooking their loved ones to some life support program may be not be reasonable especially if there is no particular chance of recovery in the debilitating condition.

Nonetheless, a lot of folks strongly rely on the inviolability of lifestyle. And unless the patient himself or herself wills the cancelling of life-prolonging measures, nobody has the right to close the lid on. Then again, the only way that would happen is through using living wills.

You may not in the beginning welcome the concept of residing wills. But as you attempt to weigh the pros and also cons, you will begin to realize that it is not an awful idea after all. A great deal of organizing and preparation is the best option if you want your hospital care to prove the way you want to even though it involves pulling the actual plug for all kinds of artificial life assistance. In addition, putting your own wishes into writing is the right path to take this particular situation.

Achievable Reasons For Refusal regarding Treatment

There may be millions of of different reasons why individuals would want to refuse medical treatment. Then again, most of these rationales may be placed under two wide categories. The first one basically involves the overall benefit of the medical treatment. If the advantage of a particular medication or procedure is not huge enough to substantiate the associated discomfort and risk, then the patient may decide not to receive such measures.

Even though most folks would be willing to undergo numerous risky and unpleasant treatment options in order to live longer, this statistics really should not be viewed as the basis for the medical care of all individuals particularly those that do not have got living wills. Some people in fact prefer a smaller and more comfortable lifestyle, especially if the quality is really a lot compromised.

The second likely reason for the rejection of medical treatment would be the existence of intolerable circumstances. In spite of the simplicity and tolerability of a particular life-sustaining intervention such as a nasogastric tube (NGT) feeding, some may point out no to it in the presence of an irreversible condition like a prolonged vegetative state.

When viewed in this light, the particular life-prolonging measures may be met with completely atypical choices. The treatment would after that be perceived to lengthen the period of struggling, for both the patient and also immediate family.

Even though some decisions fall effortlessly under one of the two broad categories, other people just would not fit below any. Based on the circumstances present, the phrase \”medical treatment\” may involve using ventilation tubes (placed into the chest or neck), the management of antibiotics or perhaps any drug having a high probability of good results. Benefit/burden decision-making in these situations can bring about different choices.

If you want certain treatments being withheld when you’re no longer able to decide for yourself, you should designate them in your dwelling will. Numerous healthcare declarations or residing wills contain instructions meant for doctors to refuse the provision of \”life-sustaining treatments\” or even \”extraordinary care\”.

These directives are often challenging to interpret correctly and are less likely to be followed compared to those that are more detailed.

Comments: 21

  1. Adrian May 30, 2013 at 7:10 pm Reply

    I am told if you cannot pay they will not offer any medical treatment.

  2. Marian November 15, 2013 at 8:37 am Reply

    I’ve had a lot of problems when i was younger with family and police and things like that and now I’m 14 there are still major problems in my life but the little things upset me most. I’m too embarrased to cry infront of anyone so i cut to let out my problems, i have problems eating infront of people, i hate my body and wear ‘my face’ which is my makeup which i use as a mask to hide from people so no one knows what i really look like, i have suicidal thoughts all the time, i had a drinking problem and now its just me my mum and older sister, i hate my mum and constantly just wish shed die or get brutally murdered, I’m not allowed to see me dad and I’m too scared to tell anyone i miss him but i know he couldn’t care less about me anyway. i just don’t know what to do anything i do my mum gets involved in and ruins it, I’m not exaggerating she has ruined my whole life and i can’t freaking wait till she’s dead asdfgh anything you could say to help would be appriciated but you don’t have to i just really needed to get that all out of my system. Cheers for your time and any advice xoxox

  3. Sumiko December 23, 2013 at 3:08 am Reply

    What are the side effects. After that can he maintain normal life? How does he behave sexually? Will be attracted towards male or female or totally neutral.

    What exactly is the medical treatment.

  4. Ross December 23, 2013 at 10:41 am Reply

    It seems that we are always ready to fight two or three wars back. We are never ready to fight in a way that makes sense today.

    Really it comes down to inertia, laziness, sloth, and lack of initiative.

    We appear to be 100% prepared to do some more Counter-Insurgency warfare, like we did in Vietnam, and lost, and like we did in Iraq, and that situation is still unresolved.

    But over-the-horizon warfare (aka behind the wire strategy) is just too hard for the Pentagon to get their minds around. They would rather just use their old manuals, from the 1970’s or the 1990’s. It’s too hard to get the National Reconnaisance Office ramped up to support over the horizen warfare, and then blend in data from NSA and CIA, and feed it all into Battle Mountain.

    It’s too hard to complete work on Dominator, which involve 16 Predators sharing data in real time on a neural network, and having overhead viewing of 400 miles by 400 miles.

    New contracts would have to be written. Officers with old skills would have to be let go. New officers, maybe trained by General Hayden would have to be brought in. It’s very disruptive.

    Washington likes same old same old — Let’s keep the old equipment, the old techniques, the old people in place. Nobody’s rice bowl gets broken, nobody’s turf get infringed. We love the cashflow patterns just as they are. So let’s just fight 1970’s style warfare, which failed then, and is highly likely to fail now, but who cares as long as the cashflow channels are not disturbed in any way. Keep those old contracts in place, maybe add some Ospreys.

    Is it possible that US military doctrine cannot become more innovative and more responsive to the real time situation until 500 Generals are fired and retired and off in the nursing home?

    Would it be necessary to remove the top 12 layers of the Secretary of Defense Staff to get a new and different perspective in the Pentagon?

    Is there so much stoginess, deadwood, and leaden inertia in the Pentagon that we really are lucky they are fighting Vietnam again instead of WWII or WWI?

    Is the present strategy constructed so as to maximize the exposure of US troops the lethal danger while obtaining the least possible national security benefit for citizens of USA living in USA who pay the bills?

    Would an over-the-horizon (inside the wire) strategy reduce our troop exposure by 99% while increasing the tangible national security gains by 1000% for USA citizens living in USA who pay the bills?

    Is it appropriate to put the taxpayers first in waging war, or should all “military” efforts be focused on the general benefication of all mankind — making the world a better place, with better nations, schools, healthcare, roads, wells, and agriculture?

    If the general benefication of all mankind is the goal, why not just send the proceeds of all taxes collected in USA directly to villagers in Afghanistan — big suitcases of $100 bills, ……. oh …… we’re already doing that ….. OK, that’s alright then. Thanks CIA, you’re better than UPS, you get it there on time.

    Laziness — is what’s killing USA — inertia — the refusal to change old ways into new ones — to learn new skills, to tear up old contracts and make new ones — to disrupt the DOD applecart in any way.

    Convenience for DOD means fighting the 1970’s and 1990’s wars all over again. Never mind the outcome — when has that ever made a difference to policy?

    Kabul is Hue City.

    Taliban is Charlie

    “Innocent Civilians” are ARVN

    Villages in Afghanistan are My Lai

    Our Footsoldiers are Cannon Fodder for the Military Industrial Inertia Sloth Greed Convenience Machine.

    Could we ever learn?

    If so when? Who is going to learn? Who is going to tell Barry? When will the Dithering cease — the Deer in the Headlights of History?

  5. Jannette January 20, 2014 at 9:31 am Reply

    I am just curious because for many years I have been dreaming of this man whom I had never met or even knew existed. Now I know he exist and I am still dreaming of him. His personal life, his social life and his occupational life. This is really knocking me off of my feet. Can anyone share with me their experiences like mine. I would greatly appreciate it.
    I added this to the spiritual section because this is something that God has been showing me about this particular man in my dreams. This is not just any situation.

  6. Brendan February 2, 2014 at 9:05 pm Reply

    I have a neighbor who is wanting to know if she can be denied medical treatment…her insurance has not paid previous bills and she is now getting calls from a collection agency. She is sick again and does not know if she will be denied medical treatment if she goes back to the emergency room. She is in her 60’s. Any answers are greatly appreciated at this time.

  7. Kimberley February 13, 2014 at 8:55 am Reply

    Whom does Thoreau suggest is responsible for the Mexican War?

    Why does Thoreau think that a small handful of individuals can get away with perverting the governement?

    According to Thoreau, when will Americans get the best possible kind of government?

    Does Thoreau present a convincing argument for opposing a government policy of which one does not approve?

  8. Debrah February 22, 2014 at 4:33 am Reply

    My father is getting treatment for psychology. He is totally dependent on me. The expenses for their treatment is about Rs. 5500 per year.However this amount is reimbursed by my employer. I am government employee. Can I get exemption in U/s 80DD.

  9. Fabian February 22, 2014 at 6:56 am Reply

    I was honorably discharged (even thought it was against my will and I didn’t get a board or a hearing) for medical reasons a few months ago. The medical staff gave me medication to help me out, but I am running out and the VA says I can’t get health coverage because I served less than but almost 24 months on active duty. It doesn’t seem to matter why I was discharged or that it was against my wishes. I’m at the end of my rope, and I need help but have no clue where to go after the VA turned me away. If anyone has any tips I sure could use them. I kind of feel like the Navy fucked me up, got rid of me, and now I am left without a career or a way to take care of myself. I can see why so many vets kill themselves.
    I don’t have any pre-existing conditions. While I was on deployment I stopped eating the food because it was unsanitary. I got by with things like trail mix and dried fruit people would send me from home. I lost too much weight I guess and my chain of command wanted me to talk with medical about my food issues. After our talk they said I was unfit for service and then I was told I was going to be separated. I had no problem doing my job or my work at the weight I was at, and I do not have an eating disorder, but once I was told I was being kicked out I became depressed. I mean, I loved the Navy, and it was being taken from me because I was doing what I thought was right to keep myself healthy. As far as the suicide comment I feel in my situation it is fair. The Navy has ruined my life because of this discharge and I’m trying to get help, but the only place I know is the VA, but they turned me away. Which is why I an asking if anyone knows of any other way to get help.

  10. Jocelyn February 22, 2014 at 6:56 am Reply

    Christians believe that death is a gateway to heaven (winderful amazing place better than earth). So why do they pay thousands of dollars for medical treatment when they get cancer or get shot? If they get cancer and are going to die, then why put yourself or your family members in debt so you can stay on this boring Earth for a little longer? Don’t they want to go to heaven?

  11. Pedro March 5, 2014 at 7:08 pm Reply

    Does anyone out there know what the law is regarding time off for medical treatment? My husband has to take the day off for treatment and has been told by his employer that he must take holiday or make up the hours elsewhere. I thought that employees were allowed time for medical treatment…..advice please!!!
    UK only please!

  12. Tesha March 10, 2014 at 7:47 pm Reply

    I’m looking into applying to graduate schools in Australia (I will be there on a Student Visa if that makes any difference). Through basic research I was able to get most of my questions answered except for this one: Can I refuse medical treatment there? The only info I could find was about refusing treatment as a “right to die” sort of thing. I’m talking about basic things like if I get cut but don’t want stitches do I have a right to refuse that? If a doctor wants to put me on a certain medication that I don’t want to go on can I refuse it? Also I have a type of seizure disorder (its a kind where I don’t have convulsions, but causes other symptoms), if anyone notices this and calls an ambulance, would I have the right to refuse transport to the hospital (I’ve never had to go anyway, they aren’t serious as “typical” seizures are).

    Sorry, I know it’s probably a stupid question. I’m just a very independent person who is used to making their own decisions. I wouldn’t take it very well if others did that for me. I’m guessing the answer is that you can refuse whatever treatment you want, but I just want to be sure. Thank you for any info!

  13. Rosann March 12, 2014 at 3:50 pm Reply

    1- Persausion 2- Sense and Sensibility 3- Mansfield Park 4- Northanger Abbey what one do you prefer

  14. Terrance March 22, 2014 at 5:12 pm Reply

    I am doing a debate presentation for my Ethics class. We need to present the case that “Patients Should Not Have The Right To Refuse Medical Treatment.”

    As you can imagine, it has been extremely hard trying to find professional articles that support this argument. I have been on Google Scholar trying to find something, with little luck.

    Any help? Thanks!
    Personal opinions are respected but not necessary. I did not pick the topic, it was assigned to me.

  15. Jacque March 22, 2014 at 8:49 pm Reply

    I am a Canadian citizen, mother is British we are thinking of going to the UK so I can get medical help, there is a clinic there that specializes in the disease that I have…I have no idea how to go about finding out how to see a doctor over there, i am assuming it will cost a a lot of money…Where can I find out more information about this?

  16. Ai March 28, 2014 at 6:27 am Reply

    I had depression and anorexia and bulimia and it had gotten really bad when I was 15. I am now 18 and during all this time being ill or crazy moody, I kind of drifted away from my group of friends (to put it nicely). Now I’m trying to sort my life out – studying hard and trying not to make excuses and feel sorry for myself. It’s just that everything seems so difficult on my own and I keep going back to the cutting or starving and it makes it all insane. My parents can’t afford a therapist and I’m really struggling to keep from doing something stupid again.

    I feel like I’ve never really grown up. I’ve never drank, never stayed out past eight, never kissed a boy my age. All I ever do is stay home and study, do my nails or read. I don’t even know what to speak about with people my age, because I don’t like one direction or avici and I prefer the catcher in the rye to 50 shades of grey. I don’t know how to break out of this invisible barrier in school between me and everyone around me. I get so nervous speaking in front of a lot of people, unless answering a question from the teacher, so much so that no matter how much I want to communicate and be normal again and experience, I don’t think I can get past the anxiety to do it.

    I’m just so worried all the time that people don’t want me around, or don’t want to speak to me or that I’m too much and too in the way so I just try to be invisible and disappear from everyone’s sight and into my room where no one has to be bothered by me. I know you’ll say it’s only a year left at high school, but I’m not even applying to university this year. I have no clue what I want to do with my life. I love literature but I can’t write for shit (I digress too much, can never express myself, and can never quite get the grasp of commas) I am good at science but can’t stand it.

    I digressed again, but I’ve gone days without even speaking one word and found myself crying, cutting, chemical abusing and so on and I don’t want to go there again. I don’t know how I snapped out of it so if I let myself go there again, I don’t know how or if I’ll get out. As soon as the hope of something great and unknown to happen in the future disappears I’ll be back there again. So I need to fulfil my expectations for life or I’ll go back there again. All I mean is I need to make my life what I want it to be, but I don’t know where to start. When I try to fix my life, it needs to ALL be perfect and then the first thing I think about is my weight.

    I know I’m living in my head too much and my main problem really is my refusal to push myself out of this pointless reclusive “life”. My parents have already done too much for me and I feel so bad for wasting so much of their money, these last few years. I can tell they are sick of me.

    If you’ve read all this, is there anything I can do to fix some of this? I just want to live and be normal and stop living in my past and I am trying to push myself to get out of this. I just need to know WHAT to do. I would explain more but I don’t know if anyone will even read this much. But thanks if you did.

  17. Mohammed March 28, 2014 at 11:08 pm Reply

    I was wondering if anyone knows what type of torture was used on John McCain? I only ask because I have heard several sources on the radio saying according to the U.S. guidelines McCain was not tortured rather had “enhanced interrogation” used on him.

    Note. I am not mocking McCain’s service, or the ordeal that he went through.
    My understanding regarding his arms is that he broke both arms/shoulders/or collar bones in the crash and did not receive proper medical attention right away.
    Braniac.
    Thank you for the information. I enjoyed all but the last line. I am not taking sides, I am merely trying to get the facts.
    Bruce. Only certain things fall under “enhanced interrogation” beating a prisoner is not one of them, however most of the other techniques used on McCain were.

  18. Denver March 31, 2014 at 5:52 am Reply

    “After reading today that the infamous Westboro Baptist Church is protesting the funerals of the Boston bombing victims as they feel it is Gods wrath upon those killed because Massachusetts was the first state to pass same sex marriage and because of rampant homosexuality,
    I was compelled to write this email and ask for an invitation to speak at their church.”
    TO THE LEADERSHIP OF WESTBORO BAPTIST CHURCH;
    “I used to think like you after a “quote” conversion to The Lord Jesus Christ. I was molested at nine years old and had my first taste of porn at the age of six. When I was 25 years old I made a commitment to follow Christ. Since the days of my molestation, I struggled with bisexual thoughts and gave in to them at 18yrs old.”
    “In the Baptist church I started to attend at 25, they dealt with the sin of homosexuality strictly from the perspective of the-wrath of God. I lived for years not telling anybody about that side of my past out of shame and the fear of ridicule and being singled out and kicked out of the church.
    Eventually, after years of hiding this past secret life, and trying to keep the letter of Gods moral law, I slipped back into heavy pornography usage and as my marriage decayed, my willful refusal to give up my addictive behavior brought me lower and lower down a degrading spiral until I eventually started to have relations outside the marriage with men.”
    “I became so judgmental and condemning of homosexuals that I wound up back in the place I wanted out of. Many years later after losing a 22 year marriage and the love and respect of my two precious daughters and after having to go away to a Christian live-in program for sexual sin in Kentucky called PureLife Ministries, did The Lord start to deal with my pride and unmerciful heart and show me my lost condition and His unfathomable mercy and love through Jesus Christ our Lord. Thankfully, Jesus did what I could never do and taught me that as it says in James Ch2 verse. 13: “For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.” Once I put my prideful arrogant heart down and learned to be merciful, God put me back in my right mind and has set me free from my bisexuality and addiction to porn.
    My new wife is a former lesbian from California who Christ set free and forgave, as well as the sin of abortion.”
    “Jesus brought loving, compassionate people into our lives to mentor us. These people were also firm and exercised tough love. But years later of walking in victory not only from our sins, but from the guilt and shame, the Lord has opened up a ministry through us to reach men and women not only in the world but more importantly in the church who struggle with secret sexual sin.”
    “Trust me leaders of Westboro Baptist Church, they sit in your pews and protest along side of you with unmerciful signs held high. The bible says that it’s the goodness of God that leadeth to repentance. I would’ve run from a God of anger and fury and anyone who wasn’t willing to help me, love me, cry with me and teach me. Truth mixed with a self-righteous, merciless, compassionless heart will never win over a homosexual. I hope and trust you would want to see every type of sinner come to Christ as the Great Commission from Jesus commands us to do.”
    “I would love to come and share our full testimonies at your church. An invite from you would be accepted.”
    “I would like to help you understand what goes on in the mind of the homosexual so that your church would be more effective in seeing people set free from this vile sin.”

    Greg Bejian Co-Founder
    Heart Of Purity Evangelism
    Phone: 518-414-0311
    Email: heartofpurityevangelism@yahoo.com

  19. Pricilla April 2, 2014 at 6:28 pm Reply

    YES! If they refuses to stop their filthy habit, why give him/her medical treatment? Mechanics can deny fixing cars if the owners don’t take care of them. So why smokers be different?

  20. Carmon May 1, 2014 at 2:33 pm Reply

    I have to write a seven-page morality term paper and I need legitimate catholic viewpoints on euthanasia. I was thinking about using some of this: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_19800505_euthanasia_en.html

    But I need some more info. Any help?

  21. Eloisa June 23, 2014 at 9:22 am Reply

    I’m a 19 yr old daughter. I’m at a crossroads. My parents are making it difficult to progress and become an independent. I planned to go to college but weeks before the date my Mom out of the blue refuses to sign the FAFSA. I need her signature because I’m a dependent. She said I would “crash and burn” and she would be stuck with my debt.
    I have no car and no job. Half the time the computers are locked in the safe because I “need to spend my time more wisely” making it difficult to job search. A week before thanksgiving my Mom and I got in a heated argument and she got so mad she went to my room and took my things and literally threw them out the front door. She told me I could sleep in a tent in the backyard. I was tired of being treated that way. I ended up house hopping for nearly a week. At one point I tried to go to their house and ask for a start over. Dad was so mad at me for “ruining his life” (Small town. People asked questions) he said he didn’t want to see me again.
    My ride back didn’t answer my texts. I slept in the freezing temperatures that night. I tried again a couple days later (day before thanksgiving) and was mildly accepted back. I lost the privilege of having a room, I slept on a couch for months. A couple days later my brother got in a serious fight. The internet router turns off automatically after 9. I went upstairs to direct-connect to look up the person who ripped apart my brother’s tear duct. (It was my laptop that I bought at black Friday a couple years back) Well, I knew my parents didn’t like it when I did that but considering the circumstances I thought it would be okay.
    Well, I underestimated them. Dad took it and locked it up in the safe. I haven’t seen it since. The last time they took it away I didn’t get it back till 6 months later. I didn’t want that to happen again. I waited a couple months then decided to take a different approach. I asked Dad quote, “How can I earn my computer back?” The way he reacted, you’d think I demanded its return and ownership of the moon. I don’t even remember his reasoning, it didn’t make any sense so I willingly forgot about it.
    Oh, I should also add that Mom encourages me to get employed by telling me I mooch off her. Dad says that if I’m not working full time I should be spending 9 hours every day cleaning the house.
    That about covers the need-to-knows, just so you understand the depth of this mess. I’m about ready to give up. I don’t see what else I can do.

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