Terri Schiavo case...

  1. Just to get a feel... how many of you guys side with the parents or the husband? There's an "unsure" option as well.
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  2. Poll: Which side to sympathize with in the Terri Schiavo case?

    • Parents

      33.33% 42
    • Husband

      50.79% 64
    • unsure

      15.87% 20
    126 Votes
  3. 64 Comments

  4. by   lovingtheunloved
    Okay. My whole take on this thing is this...

    Terri Shiavo is in the condition she's in because (according to the TV special I watched) she went into cardiac arrest because of low potassium caused by bulimia. Living with bulimia makes for a desperate and hopeless existence. I just pray that she really isn't aware of her surroundings, because if she is, she's probably miserable. Let her go.

    I could be totally wrong. Wouldn't be the first time.
  5. by   Jrnalist2RNinOR
    On a note and not meaning to cause any bad feelings - maybe their should be a choice for


    I sympathize with:
    - Terri

    ....at this point

    I think everything has just gone to far and gotten too involved
  6. by   loriangel14
    I totally agree. On Larry King they said that medical tests show that her cerebal cortex no longer exists. They say that if an animal has no quality of life than letting them go is the humane thing to do. If we can do the humane thing for them we should be able to do the same for people. Does anybody really buy the arguement that after 15 yrs as a vegetable that she will one day just "be fine" ? We all have the right to refuse treatment. If Terry didn't want to be kept alive artificially then the state should stay out of it. If a person refuses treatment or blood transfusions because of a personal choice does the state intend to start legislating that we have to accept treatment that we don't want? Just my opinion.
  7. by   CoffeeRTC
    never heard of the bulimia thing.

    From what I understand is that the parents thing she hasn't gotten good care and that with more therapy she will get a little better??

    I'm getting my POA, and living will next month.
  8. by   nurse4theplanet
    I support the decision to remove the tube, not because I support the husbands motives...on the contrary I find them suspicious. But my heart aches for her family and she has a very poor quality of life. 15yrs........ it is time for the grieving process for them to come to and end and Terri will pass peacefully and be with God.
  9. by   erjulie
    [I]Does it bother anyone else that every politician in the world and their sister is getting involved in this? What will this mean to patient families who try to follow their loved one's wishes and "let them go"? Will there be someone outside the LTC place trying to break in to feed the poor thing? That makes me sick.
  10. by   LilRedRN1973
    YES, it bothers me IMMENSELY that all these political figures have gotten involved.

    And I don't side with either the parents or her husband. I sympathize with Terri. Would you want to live like that? Watching her, reading about her quality of life, and seeing patients live like that in the ICU.....well, it's not a choice I would wish for myself.

    I think it's shame that it's gotten so out of hand. Such a private matter has been turned into a 3 ring circus. Shame.

    Melanie
  11. by   nursepotter05
    I don't think these politicians need to get involved in this. It is not their right! I think she died 15 years ago when she went into cardiac arrest. I would not want to live like that, and I am sure no one else would either. Her parents are in utter denial. Nurses see a lot of this. Families who are so convinced that the doctors are wrong and their loved one is going to get better. For goodness sakes, it has been fifteen years--let her go!!!
  12. by   Salty1
    Quote from TNnurse05
    I don't think these politicians need to get involved in this. It is not their right! I think she died 15 years ago when she went into cardiac arrest. I would not want to live like that, and I am sure no one else would either. Her parents are in utter denial. Nurses see a lot of this. Families who are so convinced that the doctors are wrong and their loved one is going to get better. For goodness sakes, it has been fifteen years--let her go!!!

    Only minutes ago the media reported that President Bush is changing his schedule and returning to the White House on Sunday to be in a position to sign legislation wresting the case from the State jurisdiction to Federal jurisdiction with the intent of having the feeding tube re-inserted. In my opinion this smacks of Big Brother and will have far reaching political consequences long after the instant case is resolved.

    Salty
  13. by   fotografe
    So George Bush will force this poor woman into suffering longer in the fight for "life" yet will send thousands of innocents to their deaths on the other side of the world?

    QUOTE=Salty]Only minutes ago the media reported that President Bush is changing his schedule and returning to the White House on Sunday to be in a position to sign legislation wresting the case from the State jurisdiction to Federal jurisdiction with the intent of having the feeding tube re-inserted. In my opinion this smacks of Big Brother and will have far reaching political consequences long after the instant case is resolved.

    Salty[/QUOTE]
  14. by   Katmae RN
    This case has become a travesty of justice. Our courts no longer have power in the US. The judicial system is supposed to be a seperate branch. Geroge Bush has taken many of our rights away as US citizens, including court orders. Terri's case has been in court for years, all kinds of tests done, documentation of her quality of life, testimony by professionals, and I am sure she has been observed by the courts in her daily routine. Why now, do they start the case completely over, with no information other than a picture her parents allow on tv. Her husband will not submit her to public observation, protecting her dignity. He is standing for her rights and dignity to die a natural death. It's a sad day in America when we no longer have rights, protected by our judicial system. And if she is allowed to remain alive thru artificial feeding than I think her parents and family should pay for her care, therapy, etc.
  15. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from Katmae RN
    This case has become a travesty of justice. Our courts no longer have power in the US. The judicial system is supposed to be a seperate branch. Geroge Bush has taken many of our rights away as US citizens, including court orders. Terri's case has been in court for years, all kinds of tests done, documentation of her quality of life, testimony by professionals, and I am sure she has been observed by the courts in her daily routine. Why now, do they start the case completely over, with no information other than a picture her parents allow on tv. Her husband will not submit her to public observation, protecting her dignity. He is standing for her rights and dignity to die a natural death. It's a sad day in America when we no longer have rights, protected by our judicial system. And if she is allowed to remain alive thru artificial feeding than I think her parents and family should pay for her care, therapy, etc.

    Her parents have offered to do just that. Take all responsibility. They've offered for years.

    steph

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