The Importance Of Having An Advanced Medical Directive Or Health Care Proxy

The Importance Of Having An Advanced Medical Directive Or Health Care Proxy

Every adult should have an Advanced Medical Directive or Health Care Proxy. This document provides for someone other than yourself to make medical decisions for you in the event that you are unable to make these decisions for yourself because of accident or illness.

I have had one in place for several years with my friend Margarath being the person to make my decisions for me. Margarath, my Medical Directive and I have known each other since High School. She knows exactly what I want should I be in a situation where I am unable to make my own decisions in regard to medical situations. She knows when to pull the plug so to speak.

Late last year I suffered a catastrophic health event and while my own Advanced Medical Directive did not come into play while I was hospitalized for my stroke, it could have. I did make it known that I had one because I did not want to relinquish my own control and I was very disturbed about my situation when I was in the ER and did not like the doctor who was treating me in the ER.

You may wonder why I did not choose my husband or another close relative and it's quite simple. If I am ever in a situation where my Advanced Medical Directive comes into play, I do not want my husband put in a situation where he will feel responsible for having to make the ultimate decision and then have to live with the "what if's" that can be associated with that decision.

Choosing someone like Margarath was the best choice for me. This may not be…

Source by Cherrie Fishlowitz