Jan. 10, 2010 I had severe Pulmonary Edema/with probable Heart Attack and I was on the ventilator for 1 day and when that happened just the fact of being on an ventilator complicates or makes the condition that much more severe in the medical fields eyes. I can't tell you how many times they told me how lucky I was to still be alive during that hospital stay and even with subsequent hospital stays it always comes back to you have been on the ventilator correct??? Do you have a living will?? Yada Yada Yada They tell me it is so important to get this and a health directive in order soon just because of this. I was a approached while still on the ventilator in fact about if I wanted to get one set up??? Lets just say that went over very well!!!
I was so shocked they would ask me that...it was like hey do you wanna die now??? LOL
But yeah the being on the ventilator automatically makes them alarmists and the fact your father is still on it after 3 days on full support probably is telling you worst case scenarios are emenient. Has he had an EEG to check for brain waves??? I would say as long as he has brain waves there is still hope, but without them, I would concur with the medical field and say it might be time to say good bye...but this is a decision only you and your family can decide...don't let the medical field or anyone else push you into any decision before you are ready to make it! Praying for your family during this difficult time!!!! (((Hugs)))