I'm really sorry to hear that.
Clearly an Advanced Directive isn't going to make the illness or loss of a loved one any easier to cope with emotionally, but it goes a long way to remove some of the stress of dealing with the practical side of things. And with one at least you know you'll be able to honor their wishes, no matter what happens.
Parents! The perfect and most literal embodiment of, "Can't live with 'em, can't (couldn't) live without them."
Yea, my mom has Parkinson's, which for her at least slows the mind and memory quite a bit, and has the added bonus of raising the risk of or expediting dementia.
She's finally in an assisted living apartment building, but I just have so much dread about what's to come. It was so hard just to get her to the place she's in now. It was super fucking dicey there for a long time.
Advanced Directives, people! Advanced Directives.
They're not as intimidating as you think. You can easily find templates with a quick Google. it's like 5 pages, tops. 1 1/2 of those are for signatures.
I sent mine to my doctor and they sent back their own that they wanted me to use, but it was essentially the same and no skin off my nose.
I should be contacted in May about interviewing for a Planned Parenthood internship, and applied for a clinic assistant job there last week! Here's hoping.
Call me a nerd, but I'm just so curious what their technique is.
If they're painting them, how do they make it durable?
And you can be positive for both!
I think we've finally reached an understanding here. I would absolutely tell someone that I'm about to get/have/just had a cold sore. For sure!
What I don't agree with, and some people really do seem to expect, is for ever single potential exposure to require A Talk.
If I'm not symptomatic, and my nephew/grandma/sister/partner/rando hot person at the bar goes in for a kiss, I am by no means going to throw up my hand and say, "WAIT! I have previously had cold sores. Do I still have your enthusiastic consent?" It's fucking silly.
Cut a condom up the side and they're the same thing!
But then what's the solution? Never kiss anyone just in case they might have had a cold sore, or have relationships between + and - people be completely kiss-free? Invent lip condoms?
I get it, I do. It just seems really unrealistic.
Exactly. I was thinking preemptively.