Alpha13 saidYeah, so it starts this way and after countless drugs and 13 more operations they die. It's the new medical reality. The patient and you aren't allowed to have any say in the matter ,for the next ten years, because you aren't qualified to have any medical opinions.
That's non-sense. As long as you are cogent, you can always refuse a procedure.
We are all getting closer to death one minute at a time. That's reality.
My mom watched all of her very close friends die from lung cancer. (She quit smoking in the late 80's.) She died from COPD in 2009. My mom spent several years on an oxygen machine, and, when she felt that her quality of life was not good enough she turned it off, the doctor gave her a bit of morphine, and she passed on her terms with her sister holding her hand while my dad was home in bed. Mom had a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) order in place. She died on her terms, in the place she chose, with her sister holding her hand.
Life is not without risks, chance, benefits, and effects. It's the way of things. We HAVE choices...even about our moment of death.
Patients always have a say in the matter unless they are not mentally competent, or, are a minor.
Putting forth the sort of bullshit you put forth is nonsense. We have choices every bit of the way, from the food we eat, to the jobs we do, etc.
Sometimes, folks are ready to die. It's part of the natural process, and, we do have the right to refuse a procedure that might extend life, or not.
When I had my cardiac stent put in, I spent four months studying the science of it all; the outcomes; the risks of not doing it; the risks of doing it. I made the choice to intervene early, before a heart attack, ambulance ride, or $115K hospital bill. It was my choice, and I made it...in a way informed way. No praying to a false belief system, but, good, honest, hard, research, and interviews with folks who had it done.