Lenore Skenazy: Please don't put a feeding tube in my mom
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#1 Aug 6, 2010
Everyone should have an advance directive and specify exactly what you want and do not want. I think most people would opt for a dignified and peaceful death. I will always remember the wonderful doctor at Presbyterian, where my mother (99yrs old) was taken after I was called from Alterra because (she refused to stand up) they dressed her and then put her back into bed. I was called about 2 hours after all this and spoke with my mother, who could only speak in a garbled way, I knew what the problem was, they, the caretakers knew nothing, so 911 came took her to the hospital, the dr. there (name began with Mz.....) asked what Mother would have wanted, I said she wouldn't want anything, just to be left in peace, so dr. suggested hospice. Those people by the way are angels!. My sweet mother passed away a few days later with loving people taking care that she listened to music she liked, they'd tell her jokes, and I was told that she'd chuckle at them. Tubes aren't even a last resort. The idea is almost like a Frankenstein experiment! Thank for writing a really good article re: feeding tubes, Ms. Skenazy!
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