There is no help that I know of for nursing home patients. A request to the doctor would only ensure that you were added to the “suicide watch”. I have Primary Progressive MS and have seen many of my friends and acquaintances die either of or with the disease.
I am in constant severe pain and in a wheelchair all the time. I need help going to the toilet and getting into and out of bed. I have some very good carers, but I cannot get them to help me as they would be fired.
Even if I could afford the trip to Switzerland there is no one to go with me, my two sons are against Euthanasia. Now Social Services are threatening to evict me from my current lovely room, as I have run out of money to pay my portion of the Care Costs.
My husband and I had a pact, but he died three years ago from Oesophageal cancer, and yes, he was helped, I was still reasonably active at that time and we had a very good and helpful Doctor. Unfortunately he is now dead himself.
This looks like a long list of woes which is what, I suppose, it is. I have to plan my own death and therefore have to go earlier than I probably would have if everything else was equal. I would like to put one or all of the Catholic Bishops in this situation and see if they are quite as stoic as they purport to be.
– Anne Veasey
from World right-to-die news list, Saturday, 18th June 2011