Friday, February 04, 2005


Decision making is supposed to be one of those traits you perfect as a caregiver. Like a good manager you evaluate then decide and move on. You are not supposed to second guess yourself.


As a spousal caregiver I also hold ‘medical power of attorney’ and ‘durable general power of attorney’. These may make my decision making logistically smoother but increase the pressure on the personal ethics scale.


I have never found it easy. With progression of cognitive disability, the less Patti has been able to participate in the decision making the more difficult it has become. Answers may be logical or pragmatic or any of a thesaurus full of synonyms but it never gets easier. ...

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