Well, here we are at the start of 2012. Normally I wouldn’t hesitate in wishing everyone a Happy New Year. But somehow I can’t bring myself to use the word ‘happy’. Not when we are confronted by such global uncertainty. Yet on a twelve miles walk yesterday across magnificent Cotswold countryside it was easy to … More 2012: a time to accept our mortality
I was very heartened to read yesterday’s Daily Telegraph’s piece, Emergency staff to be told if you want to live or die. Backed by health minister Simon Burns, the Government is now keen for electronic records to be shared by paramedics and out-of-hours GPs, which will give seriously ill people the choice of whether they wish to … More At last, choice is on the way for those not wanting resuscitation
I appreciate that care for the elderly by the NHS has become a contentious issue, but has the world gone completely mad? My friend Diana popped in for a cuppa, and proceeded to tell me how her 97-year-old godmother has just had a pacemaker fitted. Since her godmother had expressly told her that she’d had … More Pace-maker fitted for 97 year-old woman. Has the world gone completely mad?
Living in the same location as two octogenarian couples is a salutary experience. One couple, Brian and Enid, are fully engaged with the reality that time is running out. The other couple, not. Let’s start with Brian and Enid (all names have been changed). Knowing that I had written a book on the dying experience, hand-in-hand Brian … More A lesson well learnt about the importance of living wills