Regular readers will know who I am referring to.....ok, to whom I am referring. Irregular readers, it matters not.
I am not referring to any person, hospital or doctors and for anyone to assume any person, hospital or doctor is only guess work.
Yes, I am walking a fine line here, but after discussions with people involved and my own thoughts and previous knowledge of such matters to back up what I am saying, I feel it needs to be said.
Every so often the matter of euthanasia comes up in the media. I think it is a subject best left alone and the matter left the doctors and hospitals to deal with.
And they do. After a close friend recently died, I am now convinced of this.
The person was very sick. Terminally unwell even. But the person could still talk, joke and walk, albeit unsteadily. The person was delivered to hospital and treated and it was announced the next day that the person would be dead by the following day, and sure enough, the person was.
Left untreated and at home, I am sure the person would have lasted several weeks, if not months.
It was a good outcome for the person, who did not suffer needlessly, for the person's friends who were so terribly troubled, for the person's family who lived a long way away and had a limited time to visit, for the hospital who had to provide a bed, for the Australian taxpayers who were subsidising the care, and ultimately for the doctors who were treating someone without a chance of a good outcome.
The doctors administered lots of pain relief to the person who said that they weren't suffering from and had never complained of any pain.
Quick, clean, a good result for all. Except why is it never acknowledged? Perhaps I should just shut up and let sleeping dogs lie.