Sunday, August 12, 2012

The Postmortal

   I am not sure how I feel about the end specialist.    It sounds similar to the present day mercy killings.  It is good that they send John to do the paperwork and talk with them.  He also sounds as if he has empathy and is nice to them.

  I guess some of the doctors that treat 75 year old and older in the hospital is using the first stage of the "cure".  Especially if they go the hospital with  serious illnesse4s, don't die in the hospital and get a chance to go back home.  This reminds me of Rev. Billy Graham who is 93 or 98.   I saw on News 14 today that he is back in the hospital again with respiratory problems.  He has been in and out of the hospital quite a few times over the last years.  His last admission to the hospital sounded really bad .  I  thought that he would not come back home, but he did.  He must have a team of great doctors!  I would love to interview him to see how he really feels about living in his 90s, going back and forth to the hospital and his quality of life.

This book truly makes you think about the future of the world.  As I am reading, I find myself trying to think of similarities that are already happening in the world today.  I don't like how he mentions the elderly in the same category as drug addicts, alcoholics and the weak.  Some elderly people are not weak! 

Later, Malinda

1 comment:

  1. My father died at age 89. He was alert and attentive until the last few weeks of his life, could have still been my life line on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" until the last month of his life. He was his docs' first patient in his practice and became friends - over a 30 year friendship. His doc retired even but still would see Dad. He promised Dad that he could die at home and that he would make certain it was a good death. He even saw Dad a few months before Dad passed although Dad was now with a new doctor (one who in my opinion only cares about getting her medicare payment). When my father was at his end, my sister and mother called the ambulance that took him to the hospital. They didn't call Dad's friend and longtime doctor. In the hospital, his death process was not attended well by the staff. Oh how I wish my mother and sister had left him at home. They knew he was dying and his long time friend would have made his death a peaceful one. This is a different view of the 'end specialist' - after all the medical community makes these decisions all the time.


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