I had routine medical appointment this morning and was told by my physician the Advance Directive forms are no longer adequate. We filled out all that stuff a long time ago and thought we were through with that task. She told me today it's now necessary to have a Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form also.
I was familiar with the bright pink DNR (do not resuscitate) form from our years serving as legal guardians for elderly people. I don't remember filling out anything pink in all the Advance Directive papers we completed. Just to be sure, I brought two home to complete. This form also has to be signed by your physician. Got to stay on top of all this new stuff you know.
I saw this morning House Speaker Ryan has released some information about what Republicans plan to replace 'Obamacare' with once they repeal it. I scanned it and looks like the same old stuff they've been talking about for years. If you're counting on the repeal of Obamacare I am pretty sure you're going to be disappointed.
Read an interesting post today at The Misadventures of Widowhood and thought I'd add some comments. I may be a little premature because I am not in her situation, widowed with no children or grandchildren.
The post was about the acronym FOMO (fear of missing out). That was something new to me and I don't think I've experienced that, yet.
The part she wrote about finding herself uncomfortable in groups of people at luncheons I could understand. As a widow, living alone, and no close family she would like to meet some friends. I wonder if that will happen to me? At this particular time in my life I can think of nothing I'd like to do less than go to luncheons and other social activities looking to meet friends. I try very hard to stay away from such situations.
I've never been very good at making friends. I always choose friends that use me. I also had a situation with a neighbor very similar to one she describes where the person knew no boundaries, what was mine was hers, my house was her house etc. Once I was out of that situation I've been super careful not to let that happen again.
She also talks about the idea of moving where there's a higher concentration of older people, god forbid, I can think of nothing good about that idea, and neither was it appealing to her. I will do that only as a last resort, when my health requires it. Until then I want to be out there mixing it up with the world that includes people of all ages.
She did make me think though, will I also be looking for friends if I should ever live alone? The number of family and friends I'm in contact with has decreased drastically as they've died. I do have a daughter I text a lot. How lonely would I be without that contact? Hmmm something to think about. I urge you to pop over and read her post.