update to when to turn pacemaker off now on page 2

Just to update everyone his brother passed finally on March 24.  Pacemaker was turned off after hospice got with him on the 22nd.  He had not eaten or drank anything for  nearly 10 days..  Guess his heart was stronger.

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My Condolences To The Family

by Marybird - 2022-03-25 17:10:38

And may he rest in peace. 

I don't think there is a right or wrong answer to the question of what to do with a functioning pacemaker in a person reaching the end of life. It's such an individual thing depending on so many factors. Sounds as though this person's loved ones made the best decision they could for him. 

thank you Marybird

by new to pace.... - 2022-03-25 17:33:54

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So sorry for your loss

by Gemita - 2022-03-25 17:52:36

Dear new to pace,

Although not unexpected, I was very sad to receive your news.  It is never easy when we have to say goodbye to a loved one but his suffering is now over and for that we can be grateful.  I wish you and the family every strength in the coming days ahead.  Please take good care of yourselves too.

Gemita xx

thanks Gemita

by new to pace.... - 2022-03-25 18:52:24

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End of life decisions

by Gotrhythm - 2022-03-27 13:02:31

Thank you for letting us know what happened re:pacemaker. My condolences to all.

When those of us who have pacemakers are making our end of life directives about respirators, feeding tubes, and other artificial life support, it's important that we also consider pacemakers, ICDs and other heart devices. Too many people don't know that they can be turned off.

Letting our loved ones know our wishes about whether and when the pacemaker should be turned off lifts the burden of decision making, and could save them much emotional turmoil in an already painful time.


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