I love hospitalists, they are some of my favorite people. Like me, they come into the hospital and work their butts off for 10-12 hours with very little food or water. We are essentially kinfolk, and we take care of the same patients.
Because we are comrades, I make sure to meet and greet with hospitalists each time I see them. (Some of us even hug!)
One of my favorite hospitalist was in the ER today when I arrived, and somehow (of course) we got on the subject of advanced directives. He told me that his own living will says that when he cannot wipe his own ass, then doesn’t want to be kept alive by any medical interventions. (Excuse his “French”)
We both laughed knowingly.
He said that when he shared his living will with his wife, she freaked out. In her distress, she asked, “Don’t you love me? Don’t you love the children?”
He said, “Of course I do, however my definition of life meaning means being able to actually live.”
Pensively, I remarked, “We’ve seen too much haven’t we?”
We both nodded in agreement. Then, we both smiled and he admitted my next patient-an hundred-year-old man who could no longer wipe his own ass.
Recent articles suggest that doctors typically do not want aggressive measures for themselves at the end of their own lives.
And why is that? It’s because we’ve seen too much haven’t we?
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