Take An Active Role In Your Health Care
I recently read a book entitled "Being Mortal" by Atul Gawande and I was so impressed by the author's candid views on health care that I would like to encourage everyone to read this book.
Your final days leading to your passing is a difficult topic for both you and your loved ones but this book will give you a compassionate and realistic perspective on this subject.
After reading this book, I feel empowered on how to voice my wishes about how I want to spend the final stage of my life. The author points out that doctors are trained to "fix" medical problems but because we are mortal we need to realize that our lives will end and it is our right to refuse endless procedures, surgeries and treatments that diminish our quality of life.
Dr. Gawande strongly believes in hospice care because it allows patients to live out their final days as comfortably as possible. As a patient, you must make your wishes known to your doctor and your family.
It is your right to refuse treatments that will only prolong your illness even though it is inevitable that your passing is near.