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An old friend of mine told me this when the question of swallowing came up:

"about final stages, aspiration pneumonia:
"In the FINAL FINAL stages, when they are refusing food, they
are not hungry ... the body releases endorphins instead of pain ... and food becomes painful for them …
"God’s honest truth. Pain levels have been measured on a ‘starving dying client’ and where you and I would be begging for an oreo, when the client is given the food the pain levels increase which equals more morphine,
which just prolongs everything ….
"When the body has had enough, we need to listen to it and stop acting on its behalf."

Hope this helps..
Martha
[QUOTE=Martha H;2923377]An old friend of mine told me this when the question of swallowing came up:

"about final stages, aspiration pneumonia:
"In the FINAL FINAL stages, when they are refusing food, they
are not hungry ... the body releases endorphins instead of pain ... and food becomes painful for them …
"God’s honest truth. Pain levels have been measured on a ‘starving dying client’ and where you and I would be begging for an oreo, when the client is given the food the pain levels increase which equals more morphine,
which just prolongs everything ….
"When the body has had enough, we need to listen to it and stop acting on its behalf."

Hope this helps..
Martha


Hi Martha,
A caregiver tried to explain this to me in her words, but I just didnt get it until I read it, the way you have it posted....its easy to fully understand. Thank you so much for posting this!