X-Message-Number: 25002
Date: Tue, 9 Nov 2004 01:41:36 EST
Subject: Improving Rescue Chances

In a message dated 11/8/2004 3:01:14 AM Mountain Standard Time,  

another  difficult case because after the deanimation of A-1099 his
> relatives  had him embalmed and attempted to have him cremated.
Of the  last 4 cases mentioned on Cryonet (2 CI and 2 Alcor) are were
difficult  cases, featuring several days of ischemia. I don't know what the
long term  batting average is for these two organizations, but I do agree
with David  it could use a little improvement. Any ideas out  there?

Of course.  As you go downhill, arrange to be moved to a hospice near  CI or 
Alcor, and have the hospice stay in close touch with them.  Check the  law and 
your prognosis, and consider deanimating at a chosen time if that  seems 

useful and possible. Even in states that do not allow more active  methods, one

may stop artificial methods of life support at a given time.   So you could say,
"Keep me on oxygen and a ventillator until the cryo people  arrive and all is 
ready.  Then pull the tubes."  A cooperative doctor  can probably keep you 
going until you are so far down that pulling the tubes  will result in prompt 
death .
If you must stay far away, then write a contract that pays a conducively  
large sum to your hospice or other caregiver if and only if you are  promptly 
treated upon clinical death.  Have a lawyer write it up so it is  binding and 
gives the caregiver authority to carry out the duties.  A  medical power of 

attorney plus authority over your remains would probably be  needed. Make the 
enough to really motivate them to perform their duties  *successfully*.
Relying on relatives with motives to get a larger inheritance by cremating  
you and saving the cryo costs for the estate is not safe.  Giving a lawyer  or 
hospice the authority and motivation (big monetary reward) to see you  
properly treated is much more likely to work.
Against the risk of dying unexpectedly and suddenly while living alone, one  
could only arrange for frequent checks on his health, for example by frequent  
checkup calls. It will be better when a pulse monitor can be connected to one 
of  those call-for-help pendants that telephone several people if you push 

the panic  button. So it will call if your pulse stops or at some other sign of
distress.  But realistically in such a case you'll be dead for an hour or  so 
before rescue arrives.  A hospice and fast rescue is much more  promising.
Alan Mole

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