My mother-in-law kept ripping out her oxygen tubes, and they put her on a low dose of morphine to help her breathing. It was great, and didn't seem to cause any harm.
Morphine is used for pain control, of course, in larger doses, and can be addictive, but if someone is at the stage where that is all that work, why would that matter?
If someone is in the dying process, does it cause them to lose a few days of "life." Likely. But if they are dying anyway, is agonizing pain a better choice? The only thing that relieved my mother's pain, as she was dying, was morphine. And it still took her heart days to quit. Her body had already begun the journey before the morphine. So, I don't believe it limited her days on earth, but if it did, they would have been more like days in hell. So, I'm okay with it.
I TAKE CARE OF A 86 YR.OLD LADY.WHAT A SWEETHEART.WE HAD HOSPICE COME IN AND THEY CAME FULLY EQUIPPED WITH MORPHINE AND LORAZAPAM. GIVE AS NEEDED.I WAS TOLD 2 DROPS. THE FIRST TIME I HAD GIVEN THE MORPHINE WAS 2 DROPS AND IT DID EASE HER PAIN. THE SECOND TIME I GAVE IT TO HER THEY HAD INCREASED IT TO 3 DROPS. I DID NOT LIKE THE SIDE EFFECTS. SHE SLEPT ALL DAY WHICH MEANT SHE WAS NOT EATING AND COMING OUT OF IT THE NEXT DAY WAS NOT EASY ON HER.I DO NOT LIKE IT,I FEEL IT WOULD SLOWLY KILL HER IF I CONTINUED TO GIVE HER THEIR RECOMMENDED DOSAGE.IF I MUST GIVE IE TO HER IT WILL ONLY BE 2 DROPS. AND I WILL ONLY GIVE IF SHE IS SCREAMING IN PAIN.I TRUELY DO NOT THINK WE SHOULD DISPENCE THE DRUG.I WILL BE LOOKING FOR SOME OTHER DRUG TO EASE HER PAIN.I THINK PEOPLE GET TIRED OF THE EMOTIONAL ROLLER COASTER AND GIVE THE DRUG TO EASE THEIR LIFE.SO THEY CAN STOP THE RIDE AND GET BACK TO THEIR NORMAL LIFE. AND I MUST SAY,IF WE ARE GIVING THE DRUG,AREN'T WE STEPPING IN GODS WAY?HE KNOWS THE PERFECT TIMING FOR EVEYTHING.
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