BMW Posted February 3, 2011 Share Posted February 3, 2011 In a week I will have surgery. At my pre-op appointment the Dr. asked me, "What would you like to be done if your heart stops beating and you flatline? Would you like us to shock you and keep you alive or would you like us to let you die?" Well... I hadn't thought of that, so I hadn't prepared an answer and what came out was... "I think I am kind of important to a couple of my kids... so... maybe you could shock me just once and see what happens?" (You have permission to laugh... my mom laughed... my mother in law laughed... I am laughing... kind of...) The Dr., bless his heart, just kept on rolling... then came back to the question, saying, "We don't really have an option 'shock once and see what happens'... you either want us to keep you alive, or you do not. I am just going to check the box 'Keep you alive' because you are young and have children." That was all said quite tenderly. Thanks, Doc! But, it is just disturbing sometimes... When I had to deliver my last baby in the hospital they asked me to sign a paper giving permission for a blood transfusion in case of emergency. I said no. They asked me again. I said no, that I didn't want someone else's blood in my body. They said, "What if you are going to die??" I said, "Fine! Give me the paper and I'll sign it!" I signed just to get them to stop asking me. Then I ruptured and nearly died, receiving 8 units of blood.... So... it's just weird... having to make these decisions... And now I feel nervous about surgery, too... So, how would you answer? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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