Palliative Sedation

Anti-euthanasia folk call for palliative sedation for dealing with end-of-life pain. The idea is to zonk people out on morphine until they die. I object to this treatment on three grounds:

  1. I had morphine for a kidney stone. It did almost nothing for the pain.
  2. Morphine was like an endless nightmare I could not wake up from, highly unpleasant, almost as bad as the pain it was supposed to treat.
  3. Dying like a vegetable is the ultimate indignity.

Damned if I will submit to palliative sedation just to humour the religious superstitions of someone for whom I have infinite contempt.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)