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 "Handbook for Mortals" 
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In our family, we review our advance care directives annually at Thanksgiving time! You might consider adopting this tradition as well.

This publication -- "Handbook for Mortals" -- was recently recommended to me. It is available for free online at:
http://www.growthhouse.org/educate/flas ... eset1.html
Or you can purchase it from amazon.com for about $15.

The chapter on "Controlling Pain" is particularly good. This topic is covered from the point of view of end-of-life pain but of course many people in our group experience pain and are not at the end of life.

Advance care directives and related topics about forgoing medical treatment are discussed*.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Robin



* The table of contents includes:

1. Living With Serious Illness
2. Enduring And Changing
3. Finding Meaning
4. Helping Family Make Decisions And Give Care
5. Getting The Help You Need
6. Talking With Your Doctor
7. Controlling Pain
Types of pain
Choosing the right pain medicine
Different ways to take pain medicine
Doses of pain medicine
A few rules about pain medicine
How often to take pain medicine
Fear of addiction
Side effects of pain medication
More medications that relieve pain
8. Managing Other Symptoms
9. Learning About Specific Illnesses
10. Planning Ahead
11. Forgoing Medical Treatment
Thinking about the issues
Stopping treatment
Time-limited trials
When food seems like love
The benefits of dehydration at the end of life
Tube feeding and the dementia patient
Artificial feeding and the permanently unconscious patient
Choosing to stop eating and drinking
Decisions about ventilators
Decisions about resuscitation
The many meanings of "DNR"
Other decisions to forgo treatment
12. Hastening Death
13. Coping With Events Near Death
14. The Dying Of Children
15. Dying Suddenly
16. Enduring Loss


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We obviously all have access to computers, so setting up a teleconference is no big deal.

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