© Chuck Duboff
A do-not-resuscitate order, or DNR order, is a medical order written by a doctor. It instructs health care providers not to do cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) if a patient’s breathing stops or if the patient’s heart stops beating. A DNR order is created, or set up, before an emergency occurs.
It felt like a scene out of movie that I was watching. A young doctor calmly discussing with an elderly patient about what should occur if the patient’s breathing should stop or if the heart stops beating.
Yet, this was not a movie. This was me, standing by my mother’s bedside, while a very calm young doctor explained to my mother what DNR meant. Do not resuscitate. I could see my mother’s face change, her colour go white as she was processing the ramifications of what this doctor had just explained. I stood there silently, hundreds of…
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