You might want to check out these Terri Schiavo videos

  1. http://journals.aol.com/justice1949/...RTERRISCHIAVO/ especially the one which is five minutes long. I used to have slow dial up and just got cable so this has been the first chance that I've had to view these (although I long ago took a position on the side of her parents and I would argue Terri).

    I realize that this subject has been discussed often before, but it is germaine since barring something unusual her feeding tube will be removed in less than three weeks. IF she is to die I pray that the state will at least insist upon an autopsy (which I believe will confirm the bone scan from years ago which showed a history of trauma). If nothing else perhaps a civil case can be commenced against Mr. Schiavo (if warranted).
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  3. by   begalli
    Watched the videos (kinda hard to locate them right away at that website, but I did find them).

    All I can say is that I would never want to just exist like that, ever. And that's why even at my relatively young age my wishes are well-known by my family and documented.
  4. by   Roland
    Quote from begalli
    Watched the videos (kinda hard to locate them right away at that website, but I did find them).

    All I can say is that I would never want to just exist like that, ever. And that's why even at my relatively young age my wishes are well-known by my family and documented.
    I should have added that the videos are about 70% down the page. My point about watching clips is that it is hard to conclude that she is in a so called "persistent vegitative state" after doing so. In fact, probably thirty percent of the "total care" residents in the nursing home where I used to work would fit in her category. There's also this to consider. Let's say that my wife (call her Amy) signed such advance directives which indicated that she was not to be given life sustaining measures. Would she really intend for them to apply if I was the instrument of her destruction (especially if it meant that I wouldn't face justice for my crime)? Of course Mr. Schivao has not been charged let alone convicted of anything. However, there are a number of troubling elements about the case which suggest a history of trauma (with the bone scan being the most compelling).
  5. by   fergus51
    How she became the way she is isn't the point. She IS living like that. I wouldn't want to exist like that just to spite a husband who may or may not have been a bad spouse.
  6. by   Mimi2RN
    I wouldn't want to exist like that, either. I think feeding tubes have a place if the quality of life is improved. She is being kept alive because her parents don't want to lose her. I wouldn't want my children to live like that.

    In the neurologist's report in 2002, he says that she can swallow adequately, as she swallows her saliva. If she can still do that, it would be appropriate to
    feed her with a syringe or cup with a spout. Then she could take what she wanted.

    Let her go in peace.
  7. by   leslie :-D
    that last photo of her mom kissing terri seemed terri as being responsive.
  8. by   Mkue
    Quote from earle58
    that last photo of her mom kissing terri seemed terri as being responsive.
    I agree.
  9. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from fergus51
    How she became the way she is isn't the point. She IS living like that. I wouldn't want to exist like that just to spite a husband who may or may not have been a bad spouse.
    I don't think it is to spite a bad husband but if he had anything to do with her condition or he was abusive, he should not have the legal wherewithal to make ANY decisions for her. I would not want my abusive husband to be in charge of my life . .. which is one of the things that has troubled me about this from the start. He bothers me . . . something is not quite right.

    Mimi - Terri's husband stopped her rehab therapy when he got the money. Who knows how much more she would be capable of.

    I also would not want to live like that but we have to look at the morality and legality of removing a feeding tube after it has been placed for 15 years. It isn't the same as removing a ventilator from a brain dead person - not even close.

    And I have mentioned that we take care of people worse off than Terri at the LTC attached to the hospital where I work. There are thousands of people like Terri.

    steph
  10. by   Mkue
    And I have mentioned that we take care of people worse off than Terri at the LTC attached to the hospital where I work. There are thousands of people like Terri.
    True, I totally agree Steph, I've seen many worse off.
  11. by   Spidey's mom
    By the way Roland, thanks for that blog . . . very interesting reading with way more information than we have here.

    steph
  12. by   SmilingBluEyes
    no thanks, gonna pass.

    I hope God can intervene in this woman's life, seems we humans have done quite enough already.
  13. by   caroladybelle
    Quote from Tigerlily
    True, I totally agree Steph, I've seen many worse off.
    And that makes it right??????????
  14. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I am always struck by how we take interest in highly publicized cases.....there are 1000s like this in the country. I think it very sad this poor woman can't speak for herself. She only has others doing it FOR her. So sad.

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