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Harold is "more alert and responsive", and will have the breathing tube removed today.

It won't be until after that, that we'll discover if he can still talk, and "how much is left of Harold".

This is shaping up to be the Worst Of All Possible Worlds. Harold *IS* half paralyzed. That won't change. A significant part of the right side of his brain has died. That won't change.

He didn't want to live hooked up to machines and helpless. We know this.

But it's alot easier to say, "OK, forget it, pull the plug" on someone in a permanent vegetative state, than on someone who's awake and partially responsive.

If he starts to choke without the tube, the DNR orders will kick in, and he'll be made comfortable, but allowed to die. If he can breathe just fine without the tube, we get to try and figure out if he's competent to make his own decisions -- long distance, from Oregon. Basically, we have to rely on the doctors' opinions, and make decisions from here based on that.


No brain function, or full brain function, is easy. HALF brain function really, really sucks...

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amaebi From: amaebi Date: April 9th, 2007 07:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hold my thumbs for you, and I have faith that you do, and will do, well by Harold.
rickvs From: rickvs Date: April 10th, 2007 08:40 am (UTC) (Link)
What hospital is he in, if you don't mind me asking?
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