DEAR DOCTOR K: I'm drawing up a living will, but I don't understand many of the medical terms I'm encountering. Can you help?
DEAR READER: Many people, certainly including me, have asked themselves how they would want to be cared for if they became very sick and unable to speak for themselves. The two most common ways of doing that are to designate one trusted person, such as your spouse, who knows your wishes to make decisions for you -- a health care proxy. Another is for you to write a living will.