UPEKHA IS A PALI WORD TO MEAN EQUANIMITY. EVERYTHING IS EQUAL.
THIS BLOG CONTAINS THE JOURNALS OF A PERSON WHO HAD STAGE 4 KIDNEY CANCER. IT DETAILS THE EMOTIONAL & MENTAL STATES AND ALSO THE GERSON & OTHER THERAPIES CHOSEN AND PROVIDES UPDATES WHERE POSSIBLE.
Monday, September 10, 2012
The Final Days
It's hard to be prepared for death, be it our own or a loved one's. Too much is unknown about what dying feels like or what, if anything, happens after you die to ever feel truly ready.
Health professionals speak of “dying trajectories” that suggest how
persons with specific diseases will die. For example, those with a
terminal illness, such as advanced cancer, will show a steady decline
toward death. Those with serious chronic illnesses may have peaks and
valleys that sometimes give the impression of recovery.
Dying involves a process in which the body gradually shuts down. There are signs of dying, some of which are as follows:-
Decreasing level of consciousness, possibly entering a coma
Decreasing ability to communicate
Loss of ability to swallow
Loss of ability to close eyes- whites showing
As the person moves closer to death, he sometimes slips into a coma. Coma is a state of unconsciousness lasting more than six hours,
in which a person: cannot be awakened; fails to respond normally to
painful stimuli, light, or sound; lacks a normal sleep-wake cycle; and,
does not initiate voluntary actions. The person is still alive, but the brain is functioning at its lowest stage of alertness.
I was told that Chang stood up and hugged his mother three times yesterday. Then, during the early hours of this morning, he slipped into a coma..
Pain medication (morphine) continues to be administered. Apparently, comatose patients still feel pain because their brain is still functioning. (Belgian doctors discovered that some comatose
patients develop the same "pain matrix" in the brain as healthy
individuals do when subjected to pain stimuli. This gives further
justification to medics administering painkillers to patients previously
believed to have had no functioning pain receptor).
He is breathing on his own and resting at home surrounded by his family, parents, brother and sisters. We continue to speak to him and his Buddhist friends were at his home, chanting to him. While we do not know what unconscious patients can actually hear, extrapolation from data from the operating room and ‘near death’ experiences suggests that at times their awareness may be greater than their ability to respond.
The time is near. Let us pray for a peaceful journey home for Chee Teck.