Life without quality isn’t much of a life at all. Quantity of days without quality is like a desert without water. Breathing in and out is to exist; taking pleasure in each day is to live. The choice of quantity without quality is a dismal existence.
One of the goals in hospice is for the patient to enjoy as much quality of life as possible. Keeping any pain to a tolerable level or less helps greatly towards this goal as pain can quickly remove quality from one’s daily life. Keeping the patient alert as possible contributes to their quality of life with their family and friends.
Life is to be cherished. It is within us to do whatever we can in order to live. We fight with all we have. We take on every possible opportunity for cure, for remission, for life. All of this is well and good…that is, until there is little quality of life left each day…until the struggle to live wars with the inevitable.
When there is no possibility for cure or remission; when the treatments only add to a miserable existence; when there is no pleasure left with each coming day; it may be time to consider quality of life verses quantity of days; it may be time to let go of false hope for a cure; it may be time to give the situation to God.
“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…a time to be born, and a time to die…a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance…” (Ecclesiastes 3: 1, 2 and 4)