The important post that has been brewing in my mind concerns one of the items on my to-do list from my Spokane visit- taking care of assigning medical power of attorney for my grandparents and filling out their advanced health care directives. With the frailty of human life- especially when you have a chronic illness, it's important to think about your final wishes.
- Should you slip into a coma/become brain-dead, would you want to remain on life support?
- Would you want fluids and/or nutrients fed to you to maintain your life?
- Who would you want to follow through with your wishes and make decisions about your care?
These big questions are important to think about and discuss with your loved ones, whether it be discussing your own wishes or theirs.
For most states (if not all, I'm no legal expert), the paperwork is readily available to download off the internet and print right at home. In Washington State, the medical power of attorney required a notary, while the advanced directive only required two (non-relative) signatures.
I don't exactly know how to end this post... except to say that I hope you think about it.