- a critical accident
- a massive stroke or aneurysm
- a diabetic coma
- end stages of cancer.
The question still remains, could you be the one to say "yes" to pull the plug. The people who have to answer this question usually are the closest relatives of the critical person. They usually have been the one who saw them right before the incident, accident or illness. They know the strengths, normal behaviors, eating habits and how they looked, when nothing was wrong with them. They also tend to be the ones who have seen, before this time, what others have not seen. These close family members have seen the gaining of IV fluids into the body where it has swollen the hands and feet or the diminish of the person’s muscle mass to skin and bone. That, in itself, could be enough to not want to see the person suffer any more than necessary.
Many times, family members have been questioning the doctors about what can be done and if this is something they are used to seeing or if this is something the family should be worried about. The determining factors of answering these questions would depend on what the doctor says, the condition of the body and the level of responsiveness of the critical person.
I can say that this is never an easy task but the most of us as children with parents and siblings tend to do what is best for the person in critical care. Because we care about them SOOO MUCH, we don't want to see them suffering and we do what is best for them. To answer the question myself, I could do it for any of my family members. I wish no suffering on anyone. Only after all avenues had been challenged would I do it.
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