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Spring Quotations for Gardeners, Walkers, and Lovers of the Green Way Poems, Folklore, Myths, Customs, Holidays, Traditions, Lore, Quotes, Sayings

Years ago my 3-year-old son and I were left to fend for ourselves. Devastated, I found a reputable child care center for my son and went to work. Fortunately, after some time, I learned of Unity by the Sea in Santa Monica, California, where the late Dr. Sue Sikking became my teacher ... Continue reading

Food and water are considered "ordinary" care necessary to sustain life, along with comforting the patient as best as possible. Nutrition and hydration are not "medical treatments." Administering food and fluids is not considered "extraordinary means" and withdrawing them, which by itself would cause death, is not acceptable. Indeed, withdrawing of food and water is an excruciating and painful way to die. It takes from 3 to 10 days to die from dehydration and up to 40 days to die from starvation. An exception would be when a person's death is truly imminent and he can no longer assimilate food and/or water (such as massive organ failure). If a person's death is imminent within hours and nutrition and hydration itself is an excessive burden to the patient, then the focus "becomes palliative care, helping the person to live as comfortably and as fully as possible until the time of natural death" ("When Does 'Compassion' Become Euthanasia?" Living magazine,article by Mary Senander, Summer 1995). The purpose is never to take direct action to cause death. Palliative care does not seek to lengthen OR shorten the days of a dying person.


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