DNR

What’s that?!  The initials of DNR abbreviate the form that indicates Do Not resuscitate.  A DNR status allows a person to not require cardiopulmonary resuscitation when their heart or respirations cease.

Signing the form comes after a process of facing your physical mortality.  Accepting that you will not be recovering from your condition.

How hard is this decision?  VERY!  When I watch people sign their own DNR, it usually is an “of-course” I don’t want CPR.  When legal representatives sign, there comes a paradox of grief and conflict…people express they feel they are “giving up” on their loved one.

I tried to sign a DNR form as a trial run.  When the pen actually was at the paper’s edge, I became tense and hesitated big time.  It’s just not that easy.

Jackie

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