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 i woke up and the world was turning!! pleaase help me?
hey wassup..im 15..and today was the last day of school....and i decided 2 take like a 10-15 minute nap when i got home..and when i woke up...i lifted my head about 3-5 inches and the world was ...

 i think im anorexic but im not sure?
so i don't eat as much as i used to like ill eat a bowl of cereal or something small and that's it for the day. and i usually i don't like to eat something unless it's healthy or ...

 These are my symptoms what do I have?
For the last couple months I have been feeling weird. A couple of months ago I had a really sore throat for a few days and have not felt the same since.

I get really weak, just kind of ...

 which is worse to have?
ok i knwo they arent really equal to compare

but would you say that chronic kidney failure or cancer is worse?

i understand certain cancers are definatly worse, like pancreatic<...

 too much water in urine?
What would happen to the body if the urine concentration becomes faulty and too much water was expelled in the urine?...

 I have some weird symptoms.?
My fever is at 102.3 deg F, I have severe muscle aches and pains. Headaches, those too. WHAT I DO NOT HAVE is a runny nose, cough, congestion, or nausea. Any idea on what this could be? It had a fast ...

 I have the shakes what can be wrong with me what do I do until I see the doctor tomorrow.?

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I have not been drinking and I have not been drinking anything with caffeine in....

 One of my friends said i had a disorder with popping my fingers?
i just wanted to knwo what it is called cuz i pop my fingers all the time....

 Organ Transplant Questions? I was wondering if people with Organ transplants can have Pets?
I had a Kidney Transplant . Thanks!...

 should i get the surgery???
i might have appendicidous, but my docter isn't sure. he said i should get the surgery but i dont know im only 12 years old and my parents said the decision is up to me.
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 I've been sick for a week, not hungry, losing wight, dizzy, pain in my legs, and very tired. Help?
It started last Sunday with a sore throat. It then progressed into a cough, a stuffy nose, and fever. The cough worsened, and I developed very bad lethargy. I slept for 18 hours a day, and didn'...

 my grandfather is dying, he can't eat, what can we feed him?
He has kidney failure and its really a matter of time before he passes away, he'll eat a little soup but nothing else can anyone help with other suggestions we could try?...

 i'm a drug addict, i need help.?
please don't say i am a horrible person.
you don't know me.
my name is brandi. i'm 19 years old.
I have been addicted for pain killers[oxycontin&hydrocodone] for ...

 I'm sixteen and was just diagnosed ADD, should I take ritalin?
After answering a bunch of behavioral questions with a psychologist, he informed me that since I have so many symptoms, I am ADD. My dad also has ADD, and it is genetic. I have done research on ...

 Patients in coma are brain dead. Are they living or non-living?
patients lying coma are supported by machines that replaces heart and lungs and their brain is dead.they have no self consciousness. Such patients who never come back to normal life living or non-...

 Should i tell my friend that i'm bulimic?
ok well i've been bulimic for a little while now and I want to tell my friend but I don't know if I should. like i really want to tell her because she's my best friend i just don'...

 Should I see a doctor?

Coughing, chest congestion, dry mouth, diarrhea, loss of appetite, pain on right side just below ribs (not low enough to be appendicitis, btw)

All of these started ...

 If you're drunk all the time, does that make you an alcoholic?
My dad drinks all the time. He doesn't during the day unless he takes the day off, but he comes home for work and has a bottle and a half of wine. On the weekends he and his girlfriend have ...

 What causes a person in their early 40's to get shakes and or small tremors for no apparent reason?
And they do not drink or smoke or do drugs?...

 how do i tell him?
ummm sorry to say this but i am beliemic

i have no clue on how i can tell my dad!
he would be mad!
i no he will cuz i know him, hes not a "nice" kind of guy
hes ...

Alzheimer's Question?
My mum was diagnosed with Alzheimer's when she was 66. she was in a home when she was 67 and completely taken by the disease 6 months later.

She is now in a wheel chair, in a nappy, spoon fed and totally immobile. she doesn't know anyone any more, there is no recognition or spark of life in her eyes and she is in a vegetative state. She has strokes and fits almost every couple of months. Before this she was a strong health woman.

Why then, if she was to become physically ill would the Hospital/doctor take heroic actions to preserve her "life"

Why do they have to do all things necessary to keep her breathing when there is absolutely NO quality of life for her?? Why can't she be allowed to go in peace?

Before you give me the 'god knows best' answer. How do you know that 'God' isn't taking her and the doctors keep bringing her back? Also I am sceptical as to whether there is a god, and if there is then would he want her to suffer?

I loved my mum very much, I lost my dad 14 years ago and my family is disappearing, however I do not feel that is it necessary to keep resuscitating what is left of her, it is time to let her go in peace.

Finally, the other argument I hear is that doctors do not know whether Alzheimer's patients conciousness is trapped in the shell of the sufferer, therefore they say everything that can be done should be. If you were trapped in a completely immobile body, with no speech or way of communicating, Would You want to live???

My Gran had Alzheimer's, My Mum had Alzheimer's so this is of great concern to me and my sister.

Carol B
My heart goes out to you,don't know what to say, have you talked with her doctors maybe you and your sister should talk it over and see the best way to act .Also are there tests you and your sister can have done? I thought there were tests to check for Alzheimer's now .! Ask because I'm afraid if you don't ask nowadays no one seems to want to help my sympathises are with you.

Who knows ?????????
I am said for your mother. But everyone has to die in a certain way, it is a slow way of dying. there is no pain in it. it is true you don't like it, you can't remember things, and being in a wheel cahir is really saddening. but what do you think for people sick with cancer, and have spent 2 years fighting it. isn't it more painful or not? I am 18 and friend is in a wheelchair. he has to spend his whole life. it is more painful. i know there is no hope, but you can't choose to remove someone'else life, not even if they want. it is in god's hands, and i believe god exist. i am christain and believe in miracles, and in souls. Just pray for her condition not to worsen. I know a person who was getting deaf and when she went for her test again, her hearing was fully normal. what she did was went for prayers, and she got her hearing when the doctor said it was a hopeless case, to get her hearing back! Just keep courage, pray and hope that the condition does not worsen. good luck

What are you talking about with heroic actions? Breathing and eating and drinking are not heroic. It is every-body's right. There is something about a DNR notice though. I mean someone could direct them to not recusitate if possible. Did she have a living will? Who is her guardian? This is really why a person has to dictate what they want to do before this happens

Part Time Cynic
Sorry mate, i really don't know what to say. My partner's dad died of Alzenheimer. Him, for that reason and me, for my own reasons have decided to join Digitas. Their motto is "To live with dignity, to die with dignity" Not sure if they could help but feel free to contact me for their details.
Little bit more here for your info:

jon b
I feel for u and wish u and ur sister the best of health for the future, there is no right or wrong answer to ur questions, maybe you should ask your family if they wish to try and get a court order to stop the doctors reviving your mother next time she is bad. after that try asking for a priest, they may give some form of guidance into the God question.

I am so sorry. My grandmother had Alzheimers at a similar age to your mum at a time when the drugs administered were rather more punishing than the modern ones and it was horrible seeing that active, highly intelligent lady reduced to someone helpless and entirely reliant on her family for every little thing. She eventually died because having been admitted to hospital she was the victim of a careless accident on the part of a young nurse who spilt boiling hot cocoa over her and the shock proved too much for someone so vulnerable. My mother too had incipient Alzheimers at the end of her life, but she died aged 88 simply because her body was worn out and her heart gave out. I know that she was more than ready to go and we have to put ourselves in the position of these dear ones of ours and ask what we would want if our positions were reversed. I can't believe that I would want to continue to have my life prolonged when I was in a near vegetative state. This is a disease without a cure and so anything the doctors do is simply a matter of propping the patient up. Nature is kinder and left to itself, without medical intervention would allow the sufferer to pass on.

I'll pray for you, your mum and your sister.

You can ask them not to resucciate. At this stage, she is not likely to live very long anyway, so your concerns are not terribly critical. I also lost my mom to Alzheimer's. The children suffer a great deal, but life is cruel.

Speak to her Doctors about a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order. There are lots of legal issues, but these can be overcome. After all it is detrimental to your health (and your family) to see her suffering so. I am currently going through documents regarding capacity, consent and ethics in health care for my university course. Unfortunately I'm more geared up for the pre-hospital environment. A DNR CAN be arranged, demand the Doctors to discuss it properly with you. If necessary seek legal advice and assistance. It can be done.
Good luck to you all and lets hope they can find a cure sooner rather than later.
I'll gladly look for more info for you if you want, there is an awful lot out there. Email me if you want to. [email protected]

Liz F
Hi Futbar,

I guess this is one of those ethical/ moral questions that are so hard to talk about...

I am a trained nurse (no longer practising) and I'm afraid I am of the opinion that life should be 'let go' when it is no longer meaningful- (despite medical advances).

I, personally would hate to be 'kept hanging on' just for the sake of 'medical science' or 'propriety'...The thought of 'living inside a shell' is worse than the idea of death and I'm sorry if it sounds ruthless- but I can't help how I feel.

The main reason that we keep people alive is 'because we can'...and in my mind that's no reason at all...

I guess the main question to ask is- what do you think your mother would REALLY want...And then you have your answer.

I'm sure that doesn't help you much- it is such a personal decision- I hope you find peace in your choices....

Take care,

wishing u and ur family best of health..........man as far my opinion as a doctor.......wat we r tought id to fight till the end......i admit and can understand how much painful it is 4 u and ur family 2 c ur mom in such condition......there is also a debate of easy painfree death but as far we doctors r concerned......we r tought 2 do our level best 2 save the life there is also a part of making pt. pain free but there r certain limitation beyound which we cannot go............if law in ur region allow then u can think in that way.......but beleive me 4 a doctor it would b a nightmare 2 do anything like this..............

Hi - sorry to hear of your situation. My mum has the same problem but not so severe - yet. I was a nurse for many years and I had experience of families sitting down with the care team and discussing the situation. The doctors DO listen to the families and I think that if you bring up that you feel that resuscitation is not in your mothers best interest, they would listen to you. It's a sad situation but doctors are humans too and if you appeal to their consciences, you will get somewhere. Good luck. Hope this helps x

I have all the sympathy in the world for you,
My mother had Alzheimer's, my sister and I took turns in looking after her for 7 years (at our own homes).
She died 5 years ago,just about the same time as my mother in law came to live with my wife and I, she has since been diagnosed with the disease. Before this happened she made a living will, not to be resuscitated but her body just won't quit.
I know this won't help you but you may feel better knowing that you are not alone wishing the end to a life of someone that you love.
Make a living will now then at least you won't be kept going when your time comes

very big hugs to you and your sister.

i agree with you, heroics in this case are wrong. it's time to let her go and let you grieve and move on.

i love my children and i raised them to live their lives the way they wanted to - not to spend them taking care of me. if i could no longer hold them in my arms and tell them how much i love them i would want them to let me go.

sadly the only way round this is as someone else mentioned is a "living will" this is a codicil to their will and testament made when they are of "sound mind" stating that, should they fall into these sad circmstances then a DNR (do not rescusitate) order should be enacted and no attempt should be made to revive them. You have my heartfelt sympathy in this matter as my brother in law suffered from this terrible debility and my lovely sister had to watch him slowly decline until he passed away early this year.

I think you will find that the doctor/whoever would not take such large steps to preserve her life. They have hearts too.

nosy old lady
i'm so very sorry for what your'e going through, god love you, it must be terrible to have to watch your mother suffer so much. Alzheimer's is a terrible disease, and Ido think the patient should be allowed to die with some dignity. No i wouldn't want to live like that. god bless you, my thoughts are with you.+

John B
Generally doctors are frightened NOT to rescusitate as they can be sued, and this is happening more and more often. It's just a sad fact of modern life that the thought of litigation comes into every decision.
Next time sh's in hospital ask to see the consultant and discuss an NFR status with him.

[email protected]
Long question short answer. I feel for you, your sister and your mum. There is no logic behind any of it and there is no moral justification for keeping people alive in this state. I did, when I was younger, spend some time working on a psychogeriatic ward in our local bin and it was an appalling place.

we will, however, never find a politician with the will or courage to change this nonsense in the near future. Best wishes

my grandad had altzheimers, and its very scary for the kids, however old to see mum or dad this way. life is sacred, and doctors do the oath thing, to do no harm.

your mum will go, as we all do, of her own accord. my dad had a heart attack, they bought him back so many times, and he wasnt the same person...he had a thick irish accent, yet he was born in dagenham! the closest he got to ireland was a pint of guinness..
maybe it was brain damage, or alzheimers kicking in, i dont know, and sadly 3 months later he died. im lucky, i have no memories of him getting sick, or prolonged illness, and i really felll for you, this is indeed tortuous. mums being looked after, she sgetting the best care, and all her needs are met.

from what you say, its not mum but you who have issues, which is perfectly normal, this must be the ultimate lesson in futility. you may say this now, but believe me, you dont need the guilt trip that follows. i persuaded my dad to have the op that killed him... how'd y think i felt... condemned to a three year nervous breakdown... but that was ten years ago.

i suggest you sit down beside her and say the things you want to say, mums in theres somewhere...just coz you can't see a reaction doesnt mean there isnt one, youre scared, i'll bet she is too.. give her a hug, and tell her you love her,,,

god bless.

Gevera Bert
Someone must have been appointed to oversee your mother's affairs when she became ill. When my dad got diagnosed my mom got Power of Attorney but she and I make all decisions together. For instance my dad recently had a heart attack and we did the bare minimum as far as surgery/treatment went--just to keep him out of pain. SOMEONE in your family must be "in charge" of your mom's care. That person can designate that she not be subjected to heroic measures to save her life.
I suspect from your language you're from the UK where laws are probably different from the US but probably not that different. In the US it's called DNR "do not resuscitate".
I agree with everything you said, including God trying to take her and the doctors bringing her back.
If you and your sister are concerned that you will get AD and subjected to the same treatment, fill out legal documents NOW with your wishes and keep them current.
Saying that you want her suffering to end does NOT mean you don't love your mom. To the contrary, it takes more love to let go than to hang on.
IM or email me if you want to talk about this more.

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