I have been reading this thread in the forum:
and it seems that many people believe that the medications palliative care teams or hospice hastened the death of their loved ones when they were unwell.
I personally thought that at first that my mum died from the morphine pump, she died two days after starting on the medication.
My mum didn't sleep properly for a month and she was very agitated and had lots of pain taking so many tablets including opioid tablets Tapentadol and she kept complaining about pain. The palliative care team finally came to assess her pain. I just wanted them to know if she was in real pain or she was just exaggerating. How could she still have pain with all the tablets she was taking? He then proceeded to explore her, my mum was screaming with pain and the doctor asked her a few questions and he instructed the nurse to place the pump with the medication on my mum. He then explained they are using the pump with the equivalent of what she was taking already and if she felt comfortable with the dose she will be given the medication in tablet form . I was happy with that and I trusted them 100%. The second day she was very sleepy and I called the palliative care team to ask if it was normal and they said to just keep her awake, otherwise she would not sleep at night time, but they never showed any concern. She died in the evening.
I made an appointment with the palliative care doctor because of my doubts with the medication and he explained that my mum had other important health issues such as heart disease and kidney problems, and that is why she died. He said that the medication they gave her was to control the pain and it is normal at first that they appear very tired and sleepy, so that wouldn't have been a cause for concern. He was very thorough with the explanations and when I left his office I felt a lot better because I couldn't stop thinking that the medication was the cause of her death.
Then I read that thread in the forum and my doubts returned. Surely if their intention was to hasten people's death something would have been done about it by now, they couldn't go around speeding up the dying process.
What do you think?