I'm sick of death

digitalbeachbum's picture

I'm up late tonight as one of my favorite dogs is getting ready to pass. He was doing really well for the last few months then about three weeks ago it all started south for him.

In dog years he is almost 14, 98 human years old. He has heart problems, tumors, voice box issues and a problem with his hips. We have him on meds hoping he could make it to Thanksgiving when my sister in law would be home from out of the country. She helped raise him from a pup so it's kind of important for us that she is here.

The weird thing is that you'd never know he was sick by looking at him. If he moves around too much you can see he is out of breath, so most of the time he just lays down. When it is time to eat he has a full appetite and looks for more when he is done. He also drinks water, poops and pees normal.

It sucks... death that is... but when I think about it I wouldn't want to live forever. These thoughts of being like a vampire and living for a 1,000 years is like worse than death. I don't think I would want to live more than 100 years if I was unlucky enough to live that long.

Either way, if his situation worsens I'll need to put him down humanely.

Which still makes me wonder. Why are we humanely putting down dogs? but forcing humans to suffer? Doctor assisted suicide is humane and should be legal in every state. Is it the same delusion we have to believe in a god as it is to let our loved ones to suffer?

 

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Brian37's picture

That sucks. I know exactly

That sucks. I know exactly what you mean. Watched my last cat die on my bed in front of me. Had to put my mom's lab down because of old age. Never easy. Hang in there.

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Brian37 wrote:That sucks. I

Brian37 wrote:

That sucks. I know exactly what you mean. Watched my last cat die on my bed in front of me. Had to put my mom's lab down because of old age. Never easy. Hang in there.

yeah, last night was terrible. I thought he was going to pass with an exploded heart. I wake up this morning and he is perfectly fine. No fast beating heart. No pain. Almost makes it difficult to put him down.

Still bothers me that we are "humane" to dogs and cats but not the same way to humans. We are ignorant monkeys.

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Sage_Override's picture

Sorry to hear that, man. 

Sorry to hear that, man.  When my cat was put to sleep, it was easily one of the hardest things I've ever had to go through.  I'm a huge animal lover and being attached to an animal and losing him/her is like losing a member of your family and best friend.  Animals might not be humans, but they have feelings I don't give a shit what anyone says.  They are living things and they go through pain and many go through loss just like we do.

"When the majority believes in what is false, the truth becomes a quest." - Me

Beyond Saving's picture

Sorry to hear about your dog

Sorry to hear about your dog digital, it is hard as hell to decide when to put a pet down.

 

digitalbeachbum wrote:

Which still makes me wonder. Why are we humanely putting down dogs? but forcing humans to suffer? Doctor assisted suicide is humane and should be legal in every state. Is it the same delusion we have to believe in a god as it is to let our loved ones to suffer?

Coincidentally, this conversation came up during morning coffee with my parents and brother which led to some pretty irrational hyperbole. Apparently, I am sadistic, evil, naive and going to burn in hell for suggesting that such decisions should be up to the person who is ill, their family/loved ones and their doctor(s). That is why no one in my family has any authority in my living will.

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Beyond Saving wrote:Sorry to

Beyond Saving wrote:

Sorry to hear about your dog digital, it is hard as hell to decide when to put a pet down.

 

digitalbeachbum wrote:

Which still makes me wonder. Why are we humanely putting down dogs? but forcing humans to suffer? Doctor assisted suicide is humane and should be legal in every state. Is it the same delusion we have to believe in a god as it is to let our loved ones to suffer?

Coincidentally, this conversation came up during morning coffee with my parents and brother which led to some pretty irrational hyperbole. Apparently, I am sadistic, evil, naive and going to burn in hell for suggesting that such decisions should be up to the person who is ill, their family/loved ones and their doctor(s). That is why no one in my family has any authority in my living will.

I had to finally put him down yesterday. He had a tumor which had shown up either inside his mouth or from his eye socket. We believe it finally burst open inside his mouth and he was constantly bleeding inside. He survived another month but had lost a lot of weight. He would have gone on for maybe another month, never complaining or whining about the possible pain he was in; but we knew keeping him alive past New Years was for our own egos.

As it goes with my living will, I've explained to my wife that I never want to be kept alive if I am in a coma or if I am brain dead. I have expressed my desire to give myself (3) days for loved ones/friends/family/etc to come and say good bye if they desire. Then pull the plug and let my body die.

The entire thing about "letting the body starve" is really dumb. I watched several friends die this way. Hospice comes in and doped them up on morphine and gave them water only. As weeks went by the body ate itself from the inside out. Eventually becoming nothing more than skin and bones. Where is the humanity in this crap?

As I watched my dog pass on yesterday I realized that he died extremely quickly. The vet put a tranquilizer in him first to calm him down. He had heart problems and was panting very hard, so I guess that put him in to a dopey mode.

When they gave him the final dose he died in seconds. Never knowing what was going on. Totally calm. Totally at peace.

Makes me wonder what the deal is about capital punishment. Why can't we over dose those murderers with 100mg of pure heroin? They would never know what hit them.

 

Free will is an illusion. People always choose the perceived path of greatest pleasure.

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ProzacDeathWish's picture

  I'm sorry for the loss of

  I'm sorry for the loss of your companion, but you did the right thing.    I try never to let my animals linger once the inevitable process of dying has begun.

Vastet's picture

I'm sorry about your dog. I

I'm sorry about your dog. I only just realised I hadn't expressed it before. I know I'd intended to. My system must have frozen up and by the time it reset something distracted me. Lame excuse, but it's the only thing I can think of.

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EXC's picture

digitalbeachbum wrote: Why

digitalbeachbum wrote:
Why are we humanely putting down dogs? but forcing humans to suffer? Doctor assisted suicide is humane and should be legal in every state. Is it the same delusion we have to believe in a god as it is to let our loved ones to suffer?

I agree. I also wonder why we don't humanely spay and neuter humans to reduce overpopulation problems as we do with dogs.

My conclusion is that humans are primarily political animals. The suffering of the sick and old means more free $$$s for the elderly(even the one's that don't suffer) and the medical industry that serves them. Hungry children means more $$$s for irresponsible parents and the welfare industry.

In short, suffering is good politics. There's good money in keeping Grandma alive, but not Fido. Remember follow the money, you'll find your answer.

“Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.” Seneca

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wow, this fucking vulture

wow, this fucking vulture targets another blog about personal misery to serve as a soapbox for his fucktardery. the only other poster on this site i've known to do that is jean chauvin.


go fucking die of aids, exc.



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ProzacDeathWish's picture

Sage_Override wrote:Sorry to

Sage_Override wrote:

Sorry to hear that, man.  When my cat was put to sleep, it was easily one of the hardest things I've ever had to go through.  I'm a huge animal lover and being attached to an animal and losing him/her is like losing a member of your family and best friend.  Animals might not be humans, but they have feelings I don't give a shit what anyone says.  They are living things and they go through pain and many go through loss just like we do.

 

 Yeah, I'm an animal lover as well ( but not a vegetarian at the moment and I do wear leather belts, boots, jackets )   I just finished spaying and neutering five feral cats.  BTW,  I work with bubbas so being a cat person makes me a nancy boy to them.