Monday, August 10, 2015

The Quality Of Life?

A fractal I made years ago. 
Well it's Monday and I'm back after taking a couple days off. It was a busy, but pretty fun weekend. 

First and the most important, for all intensive purposes, the house is sold! It closes on September 1. That has alleviated so much stress it's nearly unbelievable. 

I found the first seven "John Carter of Mars", ebooks for $.99 the other day so I finished book six and have started on book seven. It looks like books 8-11 I will need to purchase individually but that's ok. Reading the past few weeks has been great way to escape a bit of the stress. I probably won't buy these hard copy since I have hundreds of books in storage and they've been there for years. 

Saturday morning as Paula and sat outside having coffee an interesting conversation developed that I think is worth sharing. Paula has a co-worker who's mother lives in Peru and she has advanced Alzheimer's. Her Alzheimer's has advanced to the point that she hasn't eaten in two weeks and she's bedridden. Another of Paula's co-workers mentioned that things will change once all U.S. states adapt an assisted suicide policy. And with this I agree. But, just how would this affect Dementia patients?

Let's apply this to Mom's case. First, Mom is no where close to this point, so don't worry. But just when could Mom have made the choice for assisted suicide? You know how it's everyone's mission now days to tie up everything in court. I can imagine her past caregiver (the one that called for the welfare check), throwing a fit over this and taking it to court.

So just for kicks and giggles, let's say assisted suicide were legal in WA today. At what point could Mom have made this decision?  She can't today, she has Dementia and doesn't have a sound mind. Well what about five years ago? I know she was starting to slip then, would she have been sound enough to sign a future directive? I doubt it. Someone, somewhere could argue that point and a judge would probably say she wasn't capable of making that decision. Could we go back ten years? Maybe but then someone would say it's outdated. 

As a person with Dementia I think Mom has a very good quality of life, but had she known it would be like this in the end would she have wanted to live like this? I don't know and there's no way I would ever think of making that decision. 

As a society, I feel we don't care about or think about this subject enough. As the baby-boomer population ages, it's something that we will need to address. I know I don't want to finish out my life bedridden and starving to death, but what can we do?

I have lot's to share about Mom from over the weekend and even today already, but I think I'll leave this one here.

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