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5/08/2016 3:59 PM
I have just been a support for my partner whose father had dementia.He died last week in an aged care facility after numerous trips backwards and forwards to hospitla,where they kept treating him for infections.
I had never been involved with someone with dementia from diagnosis to death before and apart from being very very sad - he was a very noted and learned man - I found the progression of the disease and being a 'spectator' for want of a better word,very distressing and thought it was cruel.
Apart from the dementia,he had Parkinson's and was totally stripped of his dignity.Being a very private man where it came to his personal hygiene,dressing etc.,he was totally incontinent,unable to dress himself and had stopped eating and was wasting.
The repeated trips to hospital to basically 'tweak' him dragged his 'existence' on and on when to my mind,he had clearly been 'dying' for quite some months.
I work at a cancer centre so was able to see the signs that he was shutting down,but each time he was treated.
Having no say and only being able to gently explain ceratin things to my partner about where dad was up to,was,selfishly perhaps,very disturbing to me.
Although the family had had the usual meeting about how much intervention should take place in the event of a cardiac arrest,nothing was ever conclusive as they could not agree.
I think it is high time we in the medical profession started to TALK ABOUT just WHAT dementia IS - so many people see only cancer as THE terminal monster and do not know that dementia is also a terminal condition.When I tried to explain that to my partner,I was met with that 'oh yeah sure' attitude.Because there is no tumour or chemo etc.,people by and large just don't know that dementia kills.People need more education about it and doctors need to communicate and spell it out CLEARLY to families,carers and explain that many life extending procedures are downright cruel.
2/03/2017 8:33 AM
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