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Old 08-07-2008, 07:15 AM   #1
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how long can someone go with out eating or drinking before they die

how long can someone go with out eating or drinking before they die

 
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Re: how long can someone go with out eating or drinking before they die

My mother stopped processing food in April of 2007. She ate next to nothing, and according to the doctors, her body did not use any of the nutrients in it. She drank a little water, very little. We all expected her to pass away within days.

Mom died on Dec 29 2007. She was down to 75 pounds. She was 99 years old.

Seeing her waste away like that was the absolute horror. There was nothing they could do. Even if she had been fed by tube, nothing would have been digested. This was the final result of Alzheimer's ... even your body forgets how to work.

I was helped to get through that terrible time by the lovely people here on this Board who kept me sane.

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It took my dear cousin two weeks. No feeding tubes..nothing.

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Re: how long can someone go with out eating or drinking before they die

My Grandma was 97. She lasted only 3 days after she could not swallow. We had hospice. Of course she had not eaten or drank much at all in the week before. We kept her mouth moist. She had morphine. Very sad but joyous when her suffering was over.
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Mamma decided on Saturday that she was done with this life. She passed on Thurday evening. The longest five days of my life.

 
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Re: how long can someone go with out eating or drinking before they die

I took my DH about a week and a half. The only thing we were giving him in the end was thorazine....lots of it. Hospice was also here with me and they, like you all, saved my life.

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