X-Message-Number: 25007
Date: Tue, 9 Nov 2004 16:07:05 EST
Subject: sudden deanimation

In a message dated 11/9/04 2:01:11 AM,  writes:

> 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
Actually Alan, I have to correct your assumptions here. ADT/Bel Air Security 
has in my area of Los Angeles, Hollywood/Los Feliz/Franklin Hills,   GPS radio 
dispatched response cars.    If there's an alert, they locate by GPS the 
closest available car and they radio dispatch them to drive directly to your 

house. The estimated response time to an alert at my house (and its been tested)
about 2-3 minutes.   If I am able to use the help pendant that would be a 
terrific advantage, even if I collapse unconcious immediately after feeling 

distress.   I expect medical care would be available to me by paramedic (there's
firehouse only 60 seconds away) in ten minutes or less- even under less than 
ideal conditions.   There's also a new web based service that they can speak 
directly to you in your home if you're concious and dispatch an ambulance 

immediately if you request.   So its not so grim if you can afford the $100 or 
monthly for this level of service. $30 for alarm, $33 for armed response, $30 
for the "QuietCare" option. 

I'm currently in the process of signing up at CI, so I'm doing a lot of 
research into these things.   The thing I would be concerned about is a sudden 

heart attack or dying in my sleep.    I had a good friend who went undiscovered
for almost 3 days before his employer sent the police to his home, they found 

him with the remote control for the TV still in his hand... that's sudden.   He
was not a cryonicist but if he had been that would have been a very bad thing.

However, yes, hospice care is absolutely the way to go if you have a terminal 
illness.   That's my expected plan if I develop a terminal illness, and I am 
implementing a living trust, power of attorney and a successor trustee who is 
also a cryonicist.   And the living trust makes no provisions to anyone but 
CI, under any circumstances.   Even if my family wanted to fight it, they 

wouldn't get anything for their trouble.   Also, they live far enough away that 
would be suspended before they even heard about it.


Mike Donahue 

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