Do you ever wonder why doctors try so hard?

@dragon54u (31637)
United States
October 3, 2008 5:39am CST
I know if it were my loved one, I'd want them to do everything possible to save them. But what about these poor people in accidents? They've been horribly burned in a car accident and lost a limb, or they're permanently disfigured and can never again work, or a trauma destroyed their kidneys and their sight, etc. Docs work on them for hours and save their lives but there's apparently not much quality to that life. Do you ever think sometimes that they should let well enough alone and not use such extraordinary measures to save a life? And how about terminally ill people that they keep alive and in pain, should they be allowed to die naturally or be helped along if they choose?
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@Hatley (164484)
• Garden Grove, California
6 Oct 08
dragon54 in the medical field where i worked for many years we tried to save people in the hope that they could recover some of'their past life.Even in the terminally ill people there is often just a chance that this person might live and get past all his disease. and sometimes we are really right. sometimes miracles do occur. Doctors and nurses and nurses aids work with the idea of hope. So many times a person with a lot of hopeless appearing injuries does suvive and makes a creditable life for himself or herself.We try so hard because we want people to live, not die, is that so very wrong? If we were not humane and caring we should not be in the medical field. most people give up much too soon. I have seen badly hurt people recover. and go on to happy lives in spite of some problems. we all want to live.I smashed my shoulder badly in a fall, and had to have the smashed bones taken out and a steel and plastic gizmo shoulder joint reeplacement put in . I am bionic and I have limited use of my left arm but had the suregeon not repaired me I would have had nothing but pain. the smashed bones rubbed against each other and caused intense pain. yes doctor do try hard and often they succeed too.
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• United States
6 Oct 08
I understand , that the way of a person life might change drastically. Although people are very resilient and even without a limb or eye sight they live full lives. You never know why a person is here, and what you can learn from them or what they have yet to learn or achieve. I personally would not want to be trapped inside a body that is a vegetable , so that is something I would leave up to my family to consider. If there was even a small chance that I could live on and still love and be with my family , I would want to take that chance. Doctors do whatever they can because that's what they feel inside. Most doctors do care for people and do not just care about the money. I can understand looking down at that small child or person and wanting to save its life no matter what.
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@dragon54u (31637)
• United States
6 Oct 08
I can understand that. There are some people, though, that don't want to live without their limbs and sight or being disfigured. Doctors take extraordinary measures to keep burn victims alive, for example, hook them up to machines and ventilators even though they are burned to a crisp and have years of pain ahead of them. That, I don't understand.
• United States
6 Oct 08
I have a wonderful uncle , that is slowly loosing limbs from smoking . After he lost both legs, he wanted to die. He hated the world he hated his life. Sometimes he is in so much pain , I cry for him . Then his daughter was born. A beautiful little girl, that would not have existed if he would have decided to die . He now is nearly loosing an arm , his legs are completely gone and it is slowly creeping. I have asked him how he does it , and he just looks over at his daughter, and he says that's how . This is a great topic dragon, very heart warming and sad, it makes you think a bit. much
@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
3 Oct 08
It is hard to say. I do think if there is absolutely no chance for them, leave them alone and let them die in peace.
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@Margarit (3677)
• Philippines
3 Oct 08
Hi dragon, I guess you have a point But in my point of view they try hard because that's thier job to save life. I have a cousin die recently, she has a cancer and none of us knew it, becasue she keep it secret so every one got shock and blame doctor's for not saving her life until we found out that they already did try hard enough that the body cannot take anymore. she seems not sick at all and very happy all the time, all the while she been taking a ton of medicine to kill the pain. I guess without doctors that try hard she already die a long time ago and in pain at least with doctors help she been giving a change to live normally life and die not to suffer for a long time of pain. That's how i look at it. happy mylotting.
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@dragon54u (31637)
• United States
4 Oct 08
I'm very glad you had some extra time with your cousin. That's a horrible way to die and apparently she chose to live as long as possible if she could be kept comfortable. I think that's great and I'm happy she had some more time to enjoy life. But they keep many cancer patients alive and really fight for their lives even when they're in pain and want to die. Your cousin is in a wonderful place now, she'll be waiting for you when your time is up.