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I haven't commented on this but now that the macabre Terry Schaivo deathwatch has begun I thought I would jot down a few of my thoughts:

Would I want to live like that?  No.

(I've expressed that to family members more than once.  After this, I need to get it officially written DOWN and show a copy to the family members who would have to make that decision,  though hey, it's now pretty much in a public forum now since it's on my LJ, right?)

Do I have the right to make that decision for anyone else?  No.

Would I ever WANT to make that decision for anyone else?  Lord, no.

Who would I NOT want making that decision for me?  A person I had been considering divorcing, who  collected money in a lawsuit supposedly for my care and then after the money was in the bank ... seven YEARS after I had been knocked flat, had hooked up with another person AND had children with them...refused to allow any rehabiliative therapy to be done, including an MRI to determine my brain activity and only AFTER all that, said, "She once told me she didn't want to live like that," and demand the right as my significant other to legally starve me to death.

Sorry. 

No.

Comments

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smoemeth
Mar. 24th, 2005 08:21 pm (UTC)
I agree with you.

But the sickest thing in all of this is the political grandstanding. Do I want Congress convening a special session and transparently attempting to subvert the Constitutional separation of powers over an issue that belongs within a single family? Heck, no.
swampfaye
Mar. 24th, 2005 11:51 pm (UTC)
The congress/ie the legislature is there to keep the courts in check. If you check out the evidence that came forward, the evidence that has been refused to be admitted, it becomes obvious this is an abuse of the courts. The congress acted as they should.

A death row inmate gets better process than this.
_nymphette_
Mar. 24th, 2005 09:04 pm (UTC)
amen. to all of it.


redsbird
Mar. 24th, 2005 10:43 pm (UTC)
I agree with ya totally. The involvement of the gov't is horrifying, as I'm sure the Congress has a few other things to deal with besides one family's personal business. Didn't know much about the (ex) husband, but I'm equally appalled by the family.
Gotta work on that living will! My wife knows my thoughts on the matter, as I do hers and NO WAY do we want anyone else involved.

Kind of ironic that the cause of the heart attack that casued the brain damage in the first place was because of anorexia.
swampfaye
Mar. 24th, 2005 11:52 pm (UTC)
There is NO way for you or us to know what caused the heart attack because the medical records are sealed
jatg
Mar. 24th, 2005 11:59 pm (UTC)
Calm down... I agree the circumstances are more than a little suspect but a heart attack brought on by anorexia is what nearly every news outlet reports.

And yeah, I do think it's somewhat ironic that in the end, she's going to starve/dehydrate to death.
swampfaye
Mar. 25th, 2005 12:07 am (UTC)
She didn't have anorexia... she had bulimia
redsbird
Mar. 25th, 2005 03:37 pm (UTC)
Equally tragic.
it's just a sad situation all the way around.
rohantc
Mar. 25th, 2005 06:37 am (UTC)
That is why you fill out a living will or advanced medical directive NOW and not wait for later. Hubby and I have all these questions and answers written down and witnessed and copies to the hospital and friends. Very important despite being young in age.
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