DNR Means do not resuscitate. If you were in a bad accident and were badly brain damage or did not have good results due to an operation would you want to have artistical respiration?
I have more experience with this than I really want to think about...
1) paternal grandfather - Parkinson's - bedfast the last three years of his life. He never coded & other than one brief coma could still communicate, so no DNR.
2) paternal grandmother - DNR - she had inoperable cancer & decided on a DNR at that point. Prior to that she did have a fall that resulted in a short coma & life support for a few days. We had her for five years after the coma.
3) maternal grandmother - had a living will, but no DNR & my grandfather who had power of attorney wasn't ready to let her go, so she lingered. She didn't actually code to my knowledge, so I don't know that a DNR would have helped.
4) my mother - no DNR, but Dad & I had medical power of attorney & we had discussed it at length. Basically, the measures taken would depend on her quality of life after. That said, we never really got there. She coded twice. Both times, she was
Actually wide awake which is very uncommon. The first time they tried the drugs, but nothing & then used the paddles & she came back into rhythm. The second time which was three years later they tried the drugs & nothing & paddles would bring her
Back, but her heart wouldn't stay there. They attempted to put in an emergency pacemaker, but she coded on the table. They got her back in rhythm, but she didn't regain consciousness. She passed the next day.
I think there is a time for a DNR, but I don't think it's simple. I think it should be discussed at length with someone that you trust & you should give medical power of attorney.
Very good advice.
What brought on this question? It comes at an interesting time for me, actually just had this discussion the last few days with my husband. We went to a good friend's, his sil is paraplegic and cannot talk or feed herself. Certainly cannot move.
I had a good run, shut down the machines.
My quality of life would have others caring for me and I never want to become a burden to my family.
It would be so extremely costly... no, I wouldn't want that on those I love.
If I have any possibility of recovery, do everything possible! If there's no hope, turn off the machines.
I work in the medical field and I highly respect either decision. It's a very personal call. It saddens me when I see someone's wishes being aren't being followed through. It's important to communicate with family and have a living will.
For me, I want every measure taken.
"Artistical respiration"? Does that mean putting you on a circular breathing machine, so you can play bagpipes and didgeridoo?
If I die, unless it a witnessed arrest and CPR/defibrillation occurs right away, DNR!
Part me out and give life to ad many others as possible.
I don't like the whole, life at any cost mentality. If it's time to go, it's time to go. I wouldn't be me anymore anyway.
I had to authorize pulling the plug on my son. I have a living will, DNR. I don't want my family to be put in that same position that I was in, so I made it for them.
I am so deeply sorry for what you went through. Hugs and prayers sent to you.
Artistical resuscitation. I like that.
Consider the source;-)
Let me go, and give my body to a mad scientist.
My living will states No Heroic Measures be taken. Basically, give it a shot. If not, I'm on DNR status. I'm an organ/tissue donor & arranged a "Green Burial." FI, GoTo: dying.about.com/od/Funeral_Memorial_Planning/a/What_Is_Green_Burial.htm
DNR. My family is very aware of my wishes. My father, on the other hand, has made it clear that if there is even 1% chance he can be saved, don't unplug!
Lol... I think it's cute
I have an advance directive/living will and everyone in the family that might get a call knows my philosophy. Do what you need to do with my carcass to preserve the useable parts for someone else, but let me go easy when it's time.
I'd want them to try everything to bring me back, but I wouldn't want to be on machines for years or anything. I think I'd be more open to a DNR if I were older.
Problem with being brought back is the anoxic encephalopathy. Unless it is a quick resuscitation, there is likely to be some degree of brain damage. The cases I have seen are sad. Let me go if you can't get me back within a few minutes.
When it's my time, let me go. I'm not afraid of death :)
DNR= no CPR, no code drugs and no intubation. The resuscitation process is brutal and often futile. Many of the people we get back don't live long or have poor life quality. That said watching someone die that I think could have been saved sucks.
I'd want my family to pull the plug.
I always tell my husband to make sure they pull the plug after a reasonable amount of time. He always says he will wait the proper 2 hours before he asks them to turn it off.
He's so sweet, isn't he? :-)
Be sure to fluff his pillow and Forget to put it under his head.
Nothing extreme, fight to save me, but let me go when it's time also. A beating heart doesn't mean I'm still there.
Right, I mean do what's necessary for a few minutes/hours but if I'm brain dead or have brain damage just pull the plug.
I don't want to "live" the rest of my days as a vegetable, don't want to be a burden to my husband and don't want him to go into debt trying to keep me alive.
I think there's a huge difference between DNR and being hooked up to keep you alive indefinitely, and I would want neither. DNR means that if you have a cardiac arrest in the hospital, they can't try to save you with the little paddles, but being
plugged in forever is also not great. I would just like my family to make the right call, depending on what my prospects are
I'd want to be kept alive until my husband and children said goodbye. I leave that up to him, though he knows if I have consciousness I want to see him happy again and our children grow up. Wouldn't expect kept at home though... I would understand even a state nursing home so I wouldn't be a burden.
I will definitely have a DNR in my old age.
I would want neither artistic or artificial respiration if there was no chance of my regaining a reasonably useful life. (LOL. I hate autocorrect too!)
Am dyslexic and I don't see my mistakes till I read something two or three times sometimes thank you for the pointing that out.
My living will that's care of that, DNR please...
I would rather have what organs could be harvested taken in the hopes that it could help others, because to me it seems more dignified to advance the cause of others if you can no longer advance your own.
You would have an extra one that somebody might be interested in. :-)
All in good fun stilleto. :-)
You are such an unselfish person.
That was pretty mean okie. I could see how it could be funny, but when that dysphoria has led to suicide attempts in the past due to the emotional and physical discomfort that it brings, I guess I just can't get past the hurt to the haha part. Sorry.
I apologize stilleto.
thank you. I really do appreciate that.
Let me go see Jesus, please.
That's how I feel too.
If I'm brain dead with no chance of recovery than DNR me. Keeping me alive will financially destroy my surviving kin.
My daughter is a nurse she said a surprising number of doctors have DNR's.
True. Nurses too.
I have a living will, due to my habit of getting around on two wheels, that says if the prognosis isn't good, let me go. If I need artificial help to get by for a few weeks then yes please.
That's basically where were at.
This brings back terrible memories. There's no point in just subsisting. Without a fully-functioning brain, I could care less what happens to my body.
Millions of democrats get by every day without complaining. :-)
I'm sorry it brings back bad memories to you.
Oakie, I just gave you a playful smack on the arm. You feel that?
Yes. Felt that. Ouch.
Would artistical respiration be giving me breaths in tempo to a song?
Perhaps the chest compressions are conducted in a comedic manner by people in costume?
On a serious note; I would want to be left to expire if my body couldn't live without life support notwithstanding a feeding tube for a reasonable period of time.