Last week my mother-in-law broke her ankle. While at the hospital she went into full cardiac arrest and was dead for nine minutes. They did manage to revive her. Unfortunately, her medical directives weren’t with her. Their instructions were DNR.
So for the last four days she’s varied between being completely drugged out or suffering. Last night she thankfully passed away.
It’s a stark reminder that having medical directives isn’t enough. The hospital and ER staff need them when you go in. Or better yet have them put in your file at your local hospital. Be sure your primary care physician has a copy as well.