Sunday, April 03, 2005


posted by Michael Piwonka 11:58 AM
I guess the biggest lesson to learn from the Terri Schiavo spectacle is that we all need to make sure we have a living will. Penny and I signed a living will over a decade ago, but it's probably time to re-visit it.

While it states the standard stuff like we don't want to be kept alive in a vegetative state like Schiavo's, it's unclear how long we would have to be in that state before the we're allowed to die. And the complexity of possible future medical advances that might reverse that state also clouds the issue.

We probably need to re-write the living will to state a predetermined length of time, say 6 months, in a vegetative state would trigger the action of the will. That way we wouldn't allow the uncertainty of possible future medical advances to prolong the situation.

Regarding the Schiavo case, I'm somewhat amazed it took 15 years to pull the feeding tube. While I can understand the parents' love for their child, I think that eventually they'll be happier with her passing. It will allow them to remember her as the wonderful daughter they once had, rather than the vegetable she became.

On a related note, why aren't more people discussing the fact that her heart attack, which caused the brain damage, was the result of her eating disorder?

Also, I'm glad to hear that the majority of Americans do not approve of Congress and President Bush getting involved in an issue that's under the jurisdiction of the state of Florida. I'll admit that I'm surprised to hear that Americans feel that way, having resigned myself to the realization that most Americans feel that the government should determine everything. (The libertarian in me leaps for joy.)


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