End-of-life care being put under micr...

End-of-life care being put under microscope

There are 9 comments on the LA Daily News story from Aug 31, 2009, titled End-of-life care being put under microscope. In it, LA Daily News reports that:

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Larry

Sylmar, CA

#1 Aug 31, 2009
I can flatly state that I'm for assisted-suicide for patients who are at the end of their life, are in pain, and suffering from a terminal illness. Why is there such a cultural stigma against suicide for patients late in their lives and are very sick, and who simply don't wanna go through the experiment of science and the expanse of keeping them alive for a few more weeks or months or years, I don't know. Besides, the word "suicide" isn't specifically mentioned anywhere in the Bible. Why can't we just accept death as part of the natural cycle, and that there isn't a whole lot of value in trying to stay on for a few extra weeks or months while compromising the extremely painful state the patient is in???

It seems cruel to me that people who are in their best of health are imposing this value judgement on people who are at the end of their lives and are looking at limited choices (and they're all unpleasant choices), and I don't feel that it's my business to tell somebody who is 90 years old and dying of a painful cancer that he can't find a peaceful way out. What's weird to me is that most people believe that there's an afterlife and most people believe that there's a reward after we're done here. So, why not let the terminally-ill patients go if that's what we believe in????
Phil

San Diego, CA

#2 Aug 31, 2009
My family went through a great deal of grief when my grandmother's health failed. She was maintained on life support long after her body had stopped living on it's own. It bothered my parents, especially my dad, so much that they both told everyone that when it was their time to go, don't do any code blue heroics to prolong the misery.
Those sorts of decisions, as well as a living will or better yet a trust, are best made well in advance. How such planning, and the education that goes with this, became a death panel is beyond me. It's simple human kindness to the dying person and to their survivors to plan in advance.
Irene Vielma-Palmdale

Lancaster, CA

#3 Aug 31, 2009
I have always admired my youngest brother since he was little, since he was a kid. He always wanted to be a doctor to help, heal people and he has studied his behind off to serve human life, whether it be for patients that are richer or poor, sickness and in health, til death do the doctors part. Sounds like wedding vows, but that's the OATH that doctors take!!! There are many doctors that feel and think like he does. Former Gov. Palin, is not DYING, so she has no idea what the heck she is saying. She should go with these doctors and visit these patients, who are saying FAREWELL TO PRECIOUS LIFE WITH DIGNITY. Sometimes these patients die without family or friends around and that's where these HOSPICE or PALLIATIVE CARE doctors come in. Its sad but society cares more for animals than they do for human life. The former Gov. should be under a MICROSCOPE her self!!!
Frances-San Jose

Lancaster, CA

#4 Aug 31, 2009
For heaven's sakes, even Jesus planned his death and let everyone know, HIS PLAN FOR SALVATION!?!? THAT'S SOUNDS LIKE A WILL AND TESTAMENT TO ME!!! Gov. Palin should read the bible and get HER ACT TOGETHER!!!
David

San Diego, CA

#6 Aug 31, 2009
Sarah is hot.
Larry

Sylmar, CA

#9 Aug 31, 2009
Dip Stick 4 U wrote:
<quoted text>Because not everyone is a " **** ", like you. Morality, Religion, Pride, Family and Faith. Now pull your head out of your Liberal Butt, and hurry up for that gay Parade going by..........
You know what punk, go soak your head in a bucket full of sheep dip and get lost. Go to some other thread. You're not man enough to have a serious discussion here.
Larry

Sylmar, CA

#10 Aug 31, 2009
Dip Stick 4 U wrote:
THE WORD "OPTION". I love it, like Final Solution. Option means killing yourself. But , it is like the old Irish Adage, "You can cover a Turd(Feces) with sugar, but no matter how you slice it, it is still, SSHHIITT..........
Like you!!
David

San Diego, CA

#14 Sep 1, 2009
Larry wrote:
I can flatly state that I'm for assisted-suicide for patients who are at the end of their life, are in pain, and suffering from a terminal illness. Why is there such a cultural stigma against suicide for patients late in their lives and are very sick, and who simply don't wanna go through the experiment of science and the expanse of keeping them alive for a few more weeks or months or years, I don't know. Besides, the word "suicide" isn't specifically mentioned anywhere in the Bible. Why can't we just accept death as part of the natural cycle, and that there isn't a whole lot of value in trying to stay on for a few extra weeks or months while compromising the extremely painful state the patient is in???
It seems cruel to me that people who are in their best of health are imposing this value judgement on people who are at the end of their lives and are looking at limited choices (and they're all unpleasant choices), and I don't feel that it's my business to tell somebody who is 90 years old and dying of a painful cancer that he can't find a peaceful way out. What's weird to me is that most people believe that there's an afterlife and most people believe that there's a reward after we're done here. So, why not let the terminally-ill patients go if that's what we believe in????
You're getting old, Larry, your mind is beginning to go, your common sense is waning and your duty to a healthy society demands your euthanization. For the good of the rest of us, when are you going to drink the Kool-Aid?

“bamboo forest and an iced tea”

Since: Jul 08

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#15 Sep 1, 2009
Obama is now starring in the new logan's run movie 2009 with kathleen sebelius as side kick , can;t pay for od people any more get rid of them at 62 ,,,

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