Having been diagnosed over 7 years ago - first with PSP, later changed to a CBD as symptoms developed- and suffering a severe stroke five years ago, my 85-year-old mother is now in a completely ‘locked-in’ state as she cannot move or speak at all. To the extent that we can only guess at what she may be feeling or thinking.
My question is... why on earth does her doctor continue to prescribe life-prolonging drugs such as antibiotics (2xcourses for a recent chest infection) and daily anti stroke medicines, and low-dose antibiotics (to prevent urinary infections) at the insistence of my father? When I feel strongly that such drugs are not in her best interests as a patient? I so want my lovely and beloved mum’s suffering to end and feel that she should be allowed to tiptoe out of the room. And am becoming increasingly angry at her doctor. Does anyone know ethically and legally what doctors are allowed to do (in terms of NOT prescribing drugs) and/or have any similar experience(s) to share that may help? My poor mum is surviving on thickened liquids alone and has absolutely no quality of life now! Thanks so much for any help you can give! With love to all in hard times! Xxx