FEEDING TUBE: CRUEL TREATMENT OR LIFELINE?
Byline: ANN LANDERS Esther "Eppie" Pauline Friedman Lederer, better known as Ann Landers (July 4, 1918 – June 22, 2002), was best known for writing the famous syndicated advice column "Ann Landers." For some 45 years, it was a regular feature in many newspapers across North America.
Dear Ann Landers: You recently printed a letter from ``Phoenix,'' whose mother-in-law lived for eight years on a feeding tube feeding tube
A flexible tube that is inserted through the pharynx and into the esophagus and stomach and through which liquid food is passed. . I wholeheartedly whole·heart·ed
Marked by unconditional commitment, unstinting devotion, or unreserved enthusiasm: wholehearted approval.
whole agree with her that tube feeding tube feeding,
n a method for supplying liquid nutrition through a tube that passes through the nasal passages and into the stomach. This method is utilized when ingesting food through the oral cavity is inadvisable or painful due to surgery or injury. is cruel, unusual and inhumane in·hu·mane
Lacking pity or compassion.
inhu·manely adv. treatment. Removing the tube is not a crime. Inserting it is.
In 40 years of practice as a physician, I have never used tube feeding to sustain life. I have always treated my patients as I would like to be treated. If another doctor inserted a feeding tube, I would leave it in until the patient pulled it out, but I have never ordered that a patient's hands be tied to prevent him from pulling the tube out.
Tube feeding is used by doctors who have the mistaken notion that they have failed when a patient dies. They do not wish to accept the fact that death is a normal part of life.
It's too bad ``Phoenix'' did not find a more sensible and compassionate doctor to treat her mother-in-law.
- Fremont, Calif., M.D.
Dear M.D. in Fremont: You are right when you say death is a normal part of life, but is it not a doctor's mission to keep as many people from dying as possible? I find it difficult to accept your statement that the feeding tube is used by doctors who feel they have failed and inserting the tube is a crime. There is a great body of evidence that feeding tubes have saved many lives.
Dear Ann Landers: Today, I saw a boy about 10 years of age Rollerblading and dragging his puppy puppy
the young of the canine species; usually used up to the age of 12 months.
fading puppy syndrome
see fading kitten/puppy syndrome.
see impetigo. along on a leash. The poor dog was completely exhausted. He was breathing rapidly, and his tongue was hanging out. The dog tried to sit down and rest, but the boy continued to drag it down the street.
I'm sure the boy thought his dog was having a good time, but the reality is that he was subjecting the animal to inhumane treatment. That puppy couldn't possibly keep up with someone on Rollerblades. The same goes for people who ride bikes and pull their dogs alongside them on a leash.
Please, folks, if you want to exercise your dog, take him for a walk or let him come along when you jog. And be sure to keep a steady pace you can both tolerate. It will do the dog's heart a lot more good, and yours as well.
- Pet Lover in Gothenburg, Neb.
Dear P.L.: The applause you hear is from all the dog lovers in my reading audience. To expect a puppy to keep up with a Rollerblader is totally unrealistic. And please be aware that Rollerblading is a potentially dangerous sport. Those in-line skates Skates may refer to:
roller skates roll npl → patins mpl à roulettes
roller skates roll npl most of us grew up with.