Will your cousin (who lives across the country) choose what you will have for lunch?
Did your mother choose which underwear you are wearing today?
Both seem very unlikely, yet such relatives could end up choosing whether you have a feeding tube placed in you, or whether you’re kept on a ventilator should you become critically or terminally ill.
Shocking? Maybe so, but here’s an even more shocking statistic: 50 percent of us, at some time in our lives, will become unable to make our own medical decisions.
So how do you gain control over such a possible situation? It’s actually fairly simple: Create an advance directive.
Advance directives allow you to spell out what you would or wouldn’t want in a critical medical event and allow you to select, in advance, exactly who will speak for you when you cannot speak for yourself (a health care proxy).
Let me give you more real-life examples of what could happen if you don’t put your medical wishes into writing:
April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day. Give everyone some peace of mind by creating your advance directive today. WichitaMedicalResearch.org offers free forms and reference via its “Kansas Advance Directives” section.