My parents decided many years ago to choose the DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) option with their healthcare. However, they were not told that their healthcare provider/insurance had different versions of the DNR option available to them. My parents, I'm sure like most elderly people, believed this would just be involved with "no intubating" should they stop breathing. No long term respirators or other devices that keep the body alive while the person is in reality gone from the body. However, as we learned the most painful fact of a DNR can also include "no invasive procedures such as an intravenous feeding tube". My father collapsed with congestive heart failure and ended up in a hospital on oxygen 24/7 with fluid in his lungs. But because his DNR with this organization specified "no invasive procedures" they refused to feed my father at all. Because he was on oxygen, he was not given oral nutrition because the doctor claimed he would vomit. This same doctor refused to give intravenous nutrition claiming the risk of infection were too high. Even after I printed out articles totally supporting intravenous nutrition outweighed any infection risk - he refused to comply with our request.....because of the DNR my father had signed. My father was in this hospital for 5 days before being transferred to a post acute facility. During these 5 days he cried for food and at times became irrational with the lack of nutrition. Everyone involved with his care at this hospital refused to listen to family or consider options just because of the DNR that was in place. There was only pain and no acceptable dignity or quality of life given to my father! I have since urged my mother to revoke her DNR status.