The combination of a Medical Directive, HIPAA authorization and Medical POA AND the trump card of Advance Directives is all you need to ensure your wishes are known and followed in the final days of life here on this earth. And you also might need a huge briefcase to drag all those forms around with you. The doctor will be too busy plowing through the barrage of forms to begin treatment--in case you have so directed. It is an absolute maze!
When talking all this over with Dr. SIL, he informed me I should have it in writing what my end of life decisions are. He also told me "I would have no trouble pulling the plug on you, but your daughter might." WELL NOW----I have a hangnail and he is insisting upon not only turning the machines off, but unplugging them as well. COMFORTING!
It is a act of kindness to make all your wishes known--in writing--so your loved ones do not get caught in the emotional whirlwind of making the decision for you. The absence of a spouse leaves your children as the decision makers. AND unless you have given one of them your Medical POA and Medical Directive, they must all agree and sign the forms. A difficult decision under the best of circumstances--but without the permission and directive of the patient---a moment which could leave you second guessing for the rest of your days.
We all feel differently about the end of our earthly days. Some want to be hooked up to any and all machines until mushrooms sprout from their ears. Others have no desire to be kept alive at all costs--but look forward to eternity with Jesus. Whatever your feelings---make them known---it is a fact that --WE DO NOT GET OUT OF THIS ALIVE!
A man’s days are numbered. You know the number of his months. He cannot live longer than the time You have set.