So you think that Advance Care Planning is just for the old and the sick?
You might want to think again…
At age 60, Carrie Fisher was on a plane flight when she had a heart attack. She was then in intensive care for 4 days, placed on a ventilator and then subsequently died.
Christopher Reeve aka Superman
At age 45, Christopher Reeve was taking part in an equestrian event when he was thrown from his horse. It was 5 full days before he regained consciousness & realised he was a quadriplegic.
At age 60, Candice Bergen had a stroke.
At age 68, Molly Meldrum fell off a ladder & suffered multiple injuries that required various levels of medical sedation for almost a month. For the first 12 days he was in intensive care.
At age 75, Maria Venuti suffered a stroke & was placed in an induced coma.
At age 44, Michael Schumacher was skiing with his 14yo son when he fell, hit his head & sustained a head injury. He was placed in a medically induced coma for over 3 months.
Accidents and illnesses can unexpectedly happen.
If something were to happen to you:
- Is the legal document in place detailing your medical wishes?
- Is the legal document in place authorising someone to speak on your behalf?
- Would those closest to you know your wishes?
- Would those closest to honour your wishes?
- Would those closest to you jump up & down & make some noise if your wishes weren’t being honoured?
If you can’t answer a resounding YES to those questions, you need to do something about it.
For south east Queensland people, I am running some workshops to help you get this sorted in a safe space. The next on is Saturday March 18 in Sandgate and then Saturday April 29 in Maroochydore. Click here for more information
I am planning on taking these up the coast to Bundaberg, Mackay, Townsville and Cairns mid year, so watch this space.
Peace & blessings, Sharon