claireplusjasper replied to your post :
Are you actually DNR? (I realize my only questions to you are questioning something you’ve stated, I’m not being obnoxious I promise, I’m really just curious!)
I mean I don’t have paperwork or a tattoo on my chest to back it up or anything, but basically, yeah. Practically speaking, if I went flatline for a second on an operating table or had a sudden arrhythmia, then sure, shock me a few times and give me some epi. But I’m not about that code me all day long and let my organs shut down slowly and painfully business. And I’m definitely not about that bring-me-back-to-be-brain-dead “life”. If I’m really sick and I code, let me go.
I have attendings who will argue that point with “young patients” or people who they don’t think, for whatever reason, should be DNR. Not me. You wanna be DNR? As long as you’re mentally capable to make that decision for yourself, I’ll sign you up. You wanna be full code? I’ll code you for as long as is reasonable. It’s your choice. I’ve heard many times from attendings that only a “severely depressed” young person would opt to be DNR. Not so. I think very practical people (especially those who have watched or have participated in codes) and folks with very strong religious beliefs, among others, understand the concept, and if that’s their deal, then let ‘em be.