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Old 10-19-2012, 02:43 PM
 
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Does anyone have lost loved ones who chose Palliative Sedation when they were confronted with a terminal illness? I am researching this as an option should I be diagnosed--trying to decide if I just want to go out in an unconscious state rather than lingering in consciousness as I wait for the end to come.

I'd be very interested in hearing how they and their loved ones coped while they were in this state i.e. were they comfortable at the end, did it make a difference in the level of success of their hospice care being comatose rather than being conscious, did they choose water or IV/water or nothing administered, etc.

Any info offered is greatly appreciated.
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Old 10-20-2012, 06:09 AM
 
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Unless there is a lot of pain, most people at the end will spend the day sleeping. There's little or no difference between being comatose and sleeping.
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Old 10-20-2012, 12:04 PM
 
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I doubt any doctor will order conscious sedation except when you are having a medical procedure.

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Old 10-20-2012, 03:32 PM
 
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I doubt any doctor will order conscious sedation except when you are having a medical procedure.

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I'd never heard that term before, Belle. Thanks for mentioning it. It might go by another name, "twilight" though I'm not sure.

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Conscious Sedation
A minimally depressed level of consciousness induced by the administration of pharmacologic agents in which a patient retains the ability to independently and continuously maintain an open airway and a regular breathing pattern, and to respond appropriately and rationally to physical stimulation and verbal commands. Conscious sedation may be induced by parenteral or oral medications or combination thereof
Actually, the form of sedation I was referring to is where you are rendered comatose in, say the last week or few days before the expectation of the end depending on the progression of the disease. The point being that, rather than being awake but relaxed and free of pain, the patient is put into unconsciousness so that he or she is not aware of impending death.

Oregon and Washington, being the only two states to pass "Death with Dignity" laws would, I assume, have doctors who are more compassionate about this type of choice, especially in light of the fact that people who choose this route aren't looking to commit suicide, usually for spiritual reasons. Woody Allen once famously said, "I have nothing against death. I just don't want to be around when it happens."

I can relate.
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