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The Green Sheet
Mom signed the green sheet today. This is a huge relief! Basically, the important parts says to, no matter what, do not lay her on her back (that would essentially make it so her lungs don't work) and no intubation, no tracheostomy, and no ventilator. Basically, they can attempt to revive her only through external methods like an oxygen mask or smelling salts or something like that. (I'm pretty sure smelling salts isn't something they carry, but I could be wrong.)

A variation of all this was in her advanced health care directive, but it was more nuanced. She already had no ventilator in that, but wanted intubation or possibly even a tracheostomy in some circumstances but not others.

Now it's pretty cut and dried, and neither she nor anyone else in the family needs to worry about her being put on life support that she never really wanted.

Mom basically has two health care goals right now: die comfortably at home, and to live long enough to see her coming grandchild (he's due 15 September). Both might not be possible but that's her ideal.

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gargoylettelc From: gargoylettelc Date: August 22nd, 2008 05:59 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm very happy to hear that she signed! This will make things clear and honor her wishes. I would like to think that she will make both goals, as she is stubborn.
evillinn From: evillinn Date: August 22nd, 2008 06:19 am (UTC) (Link)
So glad to hear this.
webcowgirl From: webcowgirl Date: August 22nd, 2008 07:08 am (UTC) (Link)
My fingers are crossed for your mom getting to meet the baby.

superleanne From: superleanne Date: August 22nd, 2008 01:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am very glad she signed. It must be such a relief for everyone. I really hope she is able to see her grandchild since I know it means a great deal to her.
burgunder From: burgunder Date: August 22nd, 2008 07:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, your sister's kid is due to be born on the same day as my mom. Heh.
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