Surely my 82 year old mother diagnosed about 8 years ago cannot be the only patient deciding to do this. She has landed in a nursing home( put there by her husband). She made her wishes clear prior to her nursing home placement, but those wishes were co-opted by the facility doctor. Through a long legal process, she was "allowed to end taking the drugs". Her nuerologist told her when she was of sound mind(she is not now due to parkinson's dimentia), nature would take its course in aproximaely 10-12 months. He assured her she could be kept comfortable. PLEASE , if someone is out there share your experience. If you are a son or daughter as I am trying to honor final wishes you have my utmost respect and admiration. Dr. Stacy if you could weigh in? share experience. Thank you so muchView Thread
Thanks for your thoughtful response and my best to you. The other response I got goes right to the herat of the problem. Even mentioning "suicide" is so off base. My mother is 82 years old. I support her in her decision and in no way is she a "quitter" or not fighting the disease. Sad and judgemental is the other response. I will never give up supporting my mothers right as a human being to make her own decvisions. Sadly the state of maryland belives if you are married you are no longer autonomous. But fight on I will. thanks again. Anyone you were a nurse to- was a lucky patient.View Thread
my 82 yr old mother diagnosed 8 years ado. She discussed with her doctor ending medications when futile. She has dimentia and has been existing ina nursing home for one year. After much fighting with her stubborn second husband, finally her wishes are being honored and she is off her parkinsons medications. Still on anti-depressants. What to expect now? Anyone who has chosen this path? Would greatly appreciate advice and/or experiences. Thanks, grateful daughter wanting peaceful dignified end for my mother.View Thread
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