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Old 10-19-2011, 09:32 PM   #1301
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Dang, PF. You have a great attitude. Hope the meds work for you!

I've been borderline for years too. I'm not overweight, exercise and eat healthy. Still like the tobacco, though. I have the feeling everyone is " borderline" something.
Cool! I love cigars!
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Old 10-20-2011, 07:59 AM   #1302
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It's ain't the being dead that bothers me, it's the dying!

When I go, I would prefer to use the express checkout!

But, like Doris Day says, Que Sera, Sera, Whatever will be, will be, The future's not ours, to see
I have a DNR "Do Not Resuscitate" notice posted on the inside of my front door. My kids are pretty much horrified by it - they don't want to think about the subject at all. When I first put it up I thought it might be an uncomfortable daily reminder; however, strangely enough it gives me a sort of comfort that I at least have that settled. Chances are it will never get used - with my luck I'll be at Lowe's buying mulch instead of at home. I just hope I'm not behind the wheel - don't want to take anyone with me.
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Old 10-20-2011, 08:10 AM   #1303
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woody allen once said, "i'm not afraid of dying--i just don't want to be there when it happens."
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Old 10-20-2011, 08:22 AM   #1304
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I have a DNR "Do Not Resuscitate" notice posted on the inside of my front door. My kids are pretty much horrified by it - they don't want to think about the subject at all. When I first put it up I thought it might be an uncomfortable daily reminder; however, strangely enough it gives me a sort of comfort that I at least have that settled. Chances are it will never get used - with my luck I'll be at Lowe's buying mulch instead of at home. I just hope I'm not behind the wheel - don't want to take anyone with me.
I've never understood the "DNR" thing. Does that mean that you don't take any meds either? They are another way of extending life beyond it's norm.

If you choke on food, you don't want anyone to clear your breathing? Just let you choke to death? If a snake bites you, you won't go to the hospital?

I'm actually being very serious. I don't understand the DNR thing at all.

I would have to be way more specific. Like; "Don't bother keeping me alive if I'm going to be a stalk of celery laying in a bed until I die of old age, BUT, if I can be brought back to life after a heart attack, (I have), given 5 bypasses, (I have), and can lead a pretty normal life for decades longer, (I have), then why in the holy hell would I want someone to just let me die at step one?

tinlizzie, maybe you can enlighten me. If I'd had a "DNR" on my front door 14 years ago, I wouldn't have enjoyed this last wonderful 14 years, and I sure have.
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Old 10-20-2011, 09:05 AM   #1305
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i'm with timothy. i don't understand the dnr thing, either. okay, so you don't want your life prolonged if you are brain dead. fine. but doesn't resuscitation need to take place before you find yourself/or not in that situation? if you say you don't want to be kept alive by artificial means, i think you also need to be specific as to which ones--breathing tube, feeding tube, heart pump, etc....? i say, "resuscitate using any heroic means necessary, THEN we'll see...."
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Old 10-20-2011, 11:20 AM   #1306
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My DNR is just that specific, listing the instances in which I do NOT want to be brought back. Also, Shrek and my Brother both know all my wishes and I am confident they will follow those wishes. It's important that you appoint a "Durable Power Of Attorney For Health Care" if you have a DNR.

If I call 911 or make it to the ER on my own, then obviously I want treatment. If Shrek or my Brother call 911 or get me to the ER, it means they understand that I want treatment in that instance. Both hospitals and Doctors have copies of our Advance Directives (including our DPOAHC information) and I/we only carry copies of them when we leave town.

DNR's are only useful if people know about what YOU want. Emergency personnel, if they don't know what you want, will always opt to save your life and let them figure out the rest in the hospital.
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Old 10-20-2011, 11:25 AM   #1307
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A dear friend's husband underwent a bone marrow transplant. He had a DNR. Sadly, the intern did not check the chart when my friend coded. They brought him back, moved him to ICU, hooked him up to 24 bags of fluids (he was in DIC). I've had a dog die in my arms from DIC--it was a horrible way to die and horrible for family members to witness. I have a DNR. I don't want to undergo what my friend underwent.
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Old 10-20-2011, 02:08 PM   #1308
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I've never understood the "DNR" thing. Does that mean that you don't take any meds either? They are another way of extending life beyond it's norm.

If you choke on food, you don't want anyone to clear your breathing? Just let you choke to death? If a snake bites you, you won't go to the hospital?

I'm actually being very serious. I don't understand the DNR thing at all.

I would have to be way more specific. Like; "Don't bother keeping me alive if I'm going to be a stalk of celery laying in a bed until I die of old age, BUT, if I can be brought back to life after a heart attack, (I have), given 5 bypasses, (I have), and can lead a pretty normal life for decades longer, (I have), then why in the holy hell would I want someone to just let me die at step one?

tinlizzie, maybe you can enlighten me. If I'd had a "DNR" on my front door 14 years ago, I wouldn't have enjoyed this last wonderful 14 years, and I sure have.
I'll try, Timothy. But this as with many other decisions is based on personal preference, based on personal experience. Several years ago I was away from home when my husband had his heart attack; his visiting brother was with him. I arrived home to find Emergency responders loading him into the ambulance. I rode to the hospital up front. The driver asked me if he/I had a DNR (at the time I never heard of it -- thought DNR meant Dept. of Natural Resources and was baffled) but I was only able to reply, no. They had restarted his heart 3 times before I got there. He had several medical conditions at the time, but with a strong constitution was able to "live" for 3 days - at least his body did. Long story short -- I do not want my family to go through that again. I think I'm old enough - creeping up on 71 - to hang it up if I want to. Something's going to get me, and darned if I wouldn't prefer a heart attack over some lingering something or other. I know, easy to say; but there you are. I'm sure not arguing with your reasoning and am happy for your good outcome....but to each his own.
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Old 10-20-2011, 03:26 PM   #1309
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I manage an office where we provide water to the community. When you don't pay your water bill then you get disconnected. It amazes me how many people get angry at us because "they" didn't pay "their" bill. If people would even pick up a phone and ask me to hold there account for a few days, I even do that (None of the other associations play that). They should do a reality show on how ignorant people act when there services are discontinued for nonpayment.

The thing that gets me is people tell me that I like doing it. That's more money for me. WRONG!! It's more headache for me and I get no extra pay for it. That reconnect fee goes to the man locking the meters.


Sometimes you just want to be as ugly to people are they are to you but you can't, lol. Well there's a way to do it....lol. I just wish people wouldn't blame us for their mistakes.

Just venting a little....... : )
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Old 10-20-2011, 04:45 PM   #1310
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Thanks, everyone. I've already been doing the diet, so it's not like I'll be making very many changes, just adding another pill. More water, too.

Babetoo, I already spend all day in the nursing home, I'm just sorry it was lousy for you. I love my patients and love taking care of them. Of course, I would have been the nurse you hated...I like to see my patients get better and go home, so I am a bit of a bully.
if you had paid attention to me at all, it would be 100 % better than where i was. it was really hard to get anyone to answer the bell. when you are told to not get up by yourself, it is important that they respond quickly , especially when the bathroom is involved. i had one that paid attention, she was lovely to me. alas she was not a nurse. i 'm sure there are nice places, i didn't just land in one.
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