I’ll probably be off the net for a couple of days, because I’m working this weekend, but I have one more thing to say.
Sarah Palin, according to some accounts, is declaring victory over something because she scared people with her ‘death panel’ accusations. The Dems are backing away from funding patient’s consultations with their doctors about advance directives.
The elderly people I work with, for the most part, face mortality with more grace and courage than you would know if you get your news from the stupid popular press–which mostly covers face lifts.
They are hard working people who survived the Depression and a World War–hard times national and personal.
I don’t presume to speak for them, because each person has her own idea of what is right and what is wrong. But they are quite capable of speaking to their doctors and families about what they want. Given an option to schedule time to speak to their doctor about advance directives, some will take it and some won’t. But they can still count, and they are not afraid of the ‘D’ word.
Trying to shame the elderly out of speaking about death will work about as well as shaming the young out of speaking about sex. A frank discussion of the kind that might have helped Sarah Palin’s daughter to avoid becoming a mother at such a young age.
Maybe Palin believes she will be Raptured up and will not have to be exposed to the messy realities. Or maybe she creates her own reality, and has a talent for collecting a following.
Be a part of the flock if you want. You know what they do to sheep. Getting fleeced is the least of it.