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Please understand I am not a heartless individual.... [Mar. 26th, 2005|12:05 am]
I keep following this Terry Schiavo case and the whole 'right to die' argument that is ensuing between her husband and what I had to deem as delusional parents.

I am not heartless by any means, but I've been down the road of watching at least three relatives at one time or another in their lives be on life support and feeding tubes. Not only is it difficult on the mind of the individual it is being done to, but it wreaks havoc on those who have to be faced with the cords and tubes every day.

My problem with the whole ordeal with her parents screaming that God wants her to live is that if modern medicince hadn't intervened, she would have passed already. I don't quite grasp why that can't be understood.

Morally it is a rough decision, granted... but like I said I've been down the road. I almost had to make a decision like this for my grandmother...regarding sustained feedings via tube. The thought of having that responsbility of a persons life in my hands is frightening.

What do you think?

From: frampton
2005-03-28 02:23 am (UTC)
I hate to think of myself in that situation -- but my mother and Tami and I have both made it clear we wouldn't want any extraordinary means to sustain our lives. My mother had papers done earlier this year; Tami and I just need to schedule a time to have an attorney help us draw up the documents to make our wishes legally binding.

People hold onto family members in a life-support situation for many reasons, I suspect -- guilt, religion, obligation. They really aren't holding onto a person, though. It's just a warm body. Most of society realizes this, and (I'm not trying to be cruel) terms like 'vegetable' are widely used. That's a true, and accurate understanding of a situation. I'm sorry Terry Schaivo's parents couldn't let go of their daughter long ago.
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