response to previous post

Posted on

I decided to respond to David’s comment by another blog post about Terri Schiavo.

1) A feeding tube is NOT a medical device. An IV is a medical device. A feeding tube simply makes it easier for them to give her nourishment. She swallows all the food and water herself. It’s not a medical device if they can give her food and water without the feeding tube and have her continue to live. If it wasn’t possible for her to live without the feeding tube, then why are they bothering to arrest the 47 people who try to sneak food into her?

2) Most people who recover from brain damage are not withheld treatment for 15 years. Now, if they gave her solid therapy and she still was unresponsive, then I would say that she doesn’t have hope for recovery. But they haven’t even given her the chance to have therapy.

3) According to the comment, the husband has complete rights over his wife and the government has no business getting involved. But if a husband was raping his wife, then shouldn’t the government step in? If the father was abusing his children shouldn’t the government step in? Or are you saying that when one is married then the wife completely forefeits all her legal rights, even if it means her life? They suspect Michael broke his wife’s bones (because of the bone scan) – so shouldn’t the government step in in that case? They would if she was a normal healthy person able to go to the police herself. With his two other children and mistress, isn’t it pretty obvious that he doesn’t care about Terri anymore? Does she have no rights because she can’t initiate a divorce herself?

If marriage means that my husband determines whether I live or die, then I don’t want to get married.

4) As for the last comment, “in mercy’s name let me die” I want to say if I was in a persistant vegetative state, surviving solely on life support, then yeah, let me die. If all kinds of therapy had been tried and I was not responding, then let me die. But if I was as alive and awake as Terri is, then try therapy! Give me a chance to live! And for gosh sakes, don’t starve me to death. If it’s inconvenient for my husband then divorce me and give me to my parents. Give me a chance to live at least.

murdering someone legally

Posted on

I am referring to the Terri Schiavo case. I have been following it quite closely recently, and the whole situation makes me quite sad. I think it would be awful to starve to death. What would be worse would be to starve to death while those who want me to live are powerless to save me.

Such is the case of Terri Schiavo – her husband and legal guardian, Michael Schiavo, wants her dead, claiming that “it’s what Terri wants”. Her parents want her alive and are willing to take complete financial and physical responsibility for their daughter. For the past 15 years, Terri has been kept alive with a feeding tube that eases her feeding. Twelve days ago, a judge ordered the feeding tube removed at the request of Michael – a request which her parents have fought bitterly. They are watching their daughter die of starvation and thirst, not even allowed to put an ice cube on her parched lips. Protestors are lining the streets of the hospice where Terri lives, wanting the tube reinserted. So far, 47 people have been arrested trying to smuggle food into Terri – including a 10 year old boy.

If Terri was in a vegetative state without any hope of recovery, then I could see the point Michael Schiavo is making. However, there is little evidence to convince me that she is a vegetable. My cousin, who is a nurse, raised some very good points on her blog. She points out that Terri’s body is alive – she follows things with her eyes, she swallows throughout the day, she smiles and makes noises, and she is responsive to other people around her. Her body is healthy and free from complications (bed sores, etc.) that even Christopher Reeve had trouble with. Her body is not shutting down, but is very much alive.

There is also so much evidence that this isn’t what she wants. A good friend of Terri’s reported a conversation they once had, where Terri said, “I hope my family always fights to keep me alive.” When this friend of Terri’s first came forth, the judge thought Terri was a minor when the conversation took place, and threw the testimony out of the court. Later it was discovered that he had been wrong about her age, and she was in fact over 18. However, the judge wouldn’t let the testimony back into the court.

A nurse who worked at Terri’s hospice has talked about how Michael Schiavo used to kick them out of the room, then lock the doors. When he left, the nurse would find many bruises on Terri – evidence that he has been trying to kill her. The nurse once found an insulin syringe in the trash can that Michael had used, and shortly after she found this Terri went into an insulin shock. The nurse tried to call the police but they said that unless she had actually seen him give the insulin to Terri, there was nothing they would do. Michael would pace the halls saying, “When is this @%$#! going to die? Why haven’t you killed her yet?” In 1992, he was awarded a million dollars to help cover the costs of rehabilitation for Terri, and he hasn’t used any of it for her. He has very specifically ordered “no therapy”. This nurse was yelled at one time when she was massaging Terri’s hands, which Michael Schiavo considered “therapy”.

So here was have this “concerned husband” who, in the past 15 years, has been trying to kill his wife. He has been denying her sunshine and therapy, even though he has money specifically set aside for this. He has a mistress and two children by this woman. Even though Terri’s parents are willing to take full responsibility, even without demanding any of the $1 million that Michael had received earlier, he refuses to let them.

Yeah. This is a man who’s only doing this because “Terri would want it”.

And the woman who “wants to die” last received nourishment 12 days ago and is still alive. The woman in a vegetative state smiles and makes noises and follows things with her eyes, responding to people. The woman in a vegetative state is being given morphine for pain. The woman who is not worthy to live in the eyes of the courts hasn’t even been given the chance to prove that she could do more. There are countless survival stories of people who have recovered from brain damage – why can’t she be one of them too?

The part that makes me the most mad is that it is the United States government deciding to take the life of this woman, even though there are so many people who want her alive. They won’t even reexamine the evidence that shows new findings in the case (new knowledge about brain damage, etc.), and testimonies and facts that show the true nature of Michael Schiavo.

Girls, be careful who you marry. Paul, I want to live.

my last week

Posted on

I am leaving Orlando next Sunday for Atlanta. It’s really weird to be thinking about moving to a new city all by myself. I’m really excited, yet a bit nervous and scared. I’ve been apartment hunting which is fun yet it’s challenging (should I go for the smaller apartment to be close to the office? or is the higher rent worth it if i get free internet?) Any advice from others more knowledgable? What should I consider other than cost of rent and whether it has a screened in porch or not?

Tonight Joanna H., Carrie, and Katie came over for ice cream and a game of Scattergories. It was great fun, and it was fun to hear all about 2G and Taylor. Because Joanna and Carrie are both allergic to cats, I had to lock them in my bedroom and then vacuumed the living room and kitchen really well. I used the little hose attachment and tried to get all the nooks and crannies where cat hair could congregate. I kinda enjoyed cleaning like that, but I felt bad locking them in my room. Fortunately my roomies coming on Wednesday are not allergic to cats. :-)

I’m getting sleepy now and so I’ll blog more about my apartment possibilities later.

He is risen indeed!!

Posted on

Happy Easter! Since my church refuses to play hymns, I thought I would celebrate by posting the words from one of my favorites here. :-)

Christ the Lord Has Risen Today (Charles Wesley)
Christ, the Lord, is risen today, Alleluia!
Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth, reply, Alleluia!

Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Lo! the Sun’s eclipse is over, Alleluia!
Lo! He sets in blood no more, Alleluia!

Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once He died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!

Soar we now where Christ hath led, Alleluia!
Following our exalted Head, Alleluia!
Made like Him, like Him we rise, Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

Posted on

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of Glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast
Save in the death of Christ, my God;
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.

See, from His head, His hands, His feet
Sorrow and love flow mingled down.
Did ever such love and sorrow meet
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a tribute far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all!