My father is 75 and with stage 3 kidney disease. He had an infection causing his lungs to fill with fluid, but this may also be due to the reduced kidney function. He is on diuretics at the moment and responding well. BUT the doctors say that if his kidneys fail completely they will not put him on dialysis because he is not an 'ideal' candidate for it because he is old with limited mobility and that sometimes it is better to let the patient 'go'. I am furious - how can a GP suggest to not treat a patient - assisted suicide in a way. How can I make sure my father gets dialysis should he need it to save his life......
Unfortunately, while dialysis may temporarily save a loved one's life, is not always the best choice. Many families regret the decision, especially if the patient begins to mentally deteriorate.
Here is a recent article on this difficult choice that just appeared in The New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03...-no-to-dialysis.html.
Goodness, who is steering the ship?
What does father say about it, or is it only you with the 'insisting on dialysis'!
Is dad lucid enough to understand the direct question of 'Dad would you want to go on dialysis, if such is needed?
If dad wants dialysis, and is on Medicare, insist on getting it done. If it is only you wanting it done, just let it go. The GP, I believe, is only suggesting what to do. Regardless, Dad or the one with a 'Power of Attorney' can make things happen. If need be, contact your states attorney, or the AMA, or the newspapers. The squeaky wheel get the grease. Just be sure to do, what needs doing, from 'dads' point of view. May that you pick the best outcome for pops.
Good article. Great read.
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