Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Medical Power of Attorney

Husband came home from the latest round of medical tests with two sheets of paper.

“Would you read these and make sense of them for me? I can’t concentrate on them right now.”

“What are they?”

“They are Medical Power of Attorneys.”

Oh hell.

I’ve hit that stage of life. The forms seem simple enough. If I am incapacitated and can’t make any decisions about my living organism, then someone else gets to decide my fate. Given the recent mess our health care is in, I guess it is prudent. Except:

“Mr. Nolte, we would like to discuss with you your wife’s condition.”

“Pull the plug.”

Mr. Nolte, there isn’t any plug. We wanted to let you know what’s going on…”

“God. Please! Do it now! Pull the plug!”

“But sir, we are just cleaning her teeth. We wanted to speak with you about her further appoint…”

“Did you not hear me?? Pull the plug now, for pity sakes. Don’t let her suffer anymore than she has too.”

“But sir, it’s just a teeth cleaning.”

“I don’t care! Pull the plug! Do it now!”

I think these forms are going in the shredder.

5 comments:

merlyn2920@yahoo.com said...

That is hilarious!!!! I love it.

Minx said...

Best place for them, Roberta. Just hang onto the ones that apply to him.

Wanderlust Scarlett said...

Hello Roberta!

I came by to introduce myself and say hello... I am a fellow member of the Shameless Lions Writing Circle.

I love your page! I was laughing right out loud at this! What a great sense of humor you have!

I also wanted to tell you that I love the story you wrote about meeting Blue.

I look forward to being in this group with you (and definitely Minx up there, isn't she fabulous!!)

Scarlett & Viaggiatore

Rob Kistner said...

Hi – That is a darkly humorous reaction the the MPA's -- but I'm certain the thought creeps through everyone's mind. Kind of like "key man" business life insurance.

Rob Kistner here.

I am a fellow Shameless Lions Writing Circle member. I wanted to visit and say hello. Artheo and I would like to invite you to stop by Image & Verse and say hello.

We have created a specific ‘writing circle’ post that contains an idea or two regarding the circle. We’d love your thoughts.

We would also like to exchange links to each other’s blogs. If that is agreeable with you, please let me know when you visit, and we can create our links.

I am going to tour your blog now. I hope we can become better acquainted! ;)

Roberta said...

Merlyn. YOU try being married. ;)

Minx, I've already put them in a file!

Wanderlust Scarlett, thank you for visiting! I have some plans for my blog and hope you will come back often!

Thank you for all of your kind words Mr. Kistner. Blue and I will be visiting you soon. Please put away the Tofu. He likes red meat.