As a deal in Congress was worked out to have federal courts decide Terri Schiavo‘s fate, emotions swelled outside the brain-damaged woman’s hospice room Saturday, with protesters arrested after they symbolically tried to smuggle in bread and water on her second day without a feeding tube.
For the love of God! Let this woman die in peace!!!!
I am just so mother-fucking pissed that the Federal Government is involved in this! WTF?!? Why? Well, come to think of it, the answer boils down to The Exterminator: Delay. God Damn it. God damn Delay.
Terre posted a comment on another post regarding this subject. I have to whole-heartedly disagree. However, I do appreciate the politeness conveyed in the comment.
Terre seems to have an issue with the husband. The husband has abandoned this woman. The husband needs to let Terri’s parents take care of her. Terre states, “why should he care what happenes to her, unless he did something to contribute to it?” Well, let me try and explain this in way that is related to my own experience.
My own husband has told me, over and over, that he never, ever wants to be kept artificially alive. Not under any circumstance. He means it. I am his wife and I know him better than anyone else in the world. So I know he means it. He has never written it down. Christ, we are in our thirties and we don’t have kids. We’ve never thought about writing this sort of thing down. He just assumes that if he ever is in this situation that I will respect his wishes because he trusts me.
Terri Schiavo’s husband was put in that horrible situation 15 years ago. His wife was only 26 when she had a heart attack and was put in this vegatative state. She told him that she would never want to be kept alive and he wanted to respect her wishes. Unfortunately, her parents can’t let go of thier daughter. They are selfish. They don’t give a shit about what she would have wanted. They just don’t want to let go. They are holding on to some silly notion that other people have recovered from a similar situation. I seriously am skeptical, but that’s another rant.
It has been 15 years. Terri’s husband has moved on. He formed a loving relationship with another woman and has even fathered a child with her. Can you blame him? Well apparently some neo-christians do. But put yourself in his position. You would move on, too. You would. Don’t deny it. However, he can’t divorce his wife because he still cares about her and wants to carry out her wishes. He believes so strongly in his wife’s wishes that he refuses to settle for money. He doesn’t want to hand this over to the parents because he believes in what his wife told her before she became a vegatable. She did not want to be kept alive like this. Her wishes are important to him. So he stays married to her.
I would do the same damn thing. I know that my husband would never, ever, want me to keep him alive artificially. He has made this very, very clear. As difficult the descision is, I would respect his wishes.
I flipped on the news this morning and somebody was talking about this issue. I think he was a professor at a university…I couldn’t tell you who this guy was, but what he had to say was so true. This happens ALL THE TIME. People have to make this descision with thier parents or grandparents everyday. My Father in law had to make this descision with his mother. She was being kept alive by dialysis. He had to decide to stop the treatment. Some people are kept alive with a respirator and a desicion has to be made to pull the plug. You dont’ think dying this way is as painful as starving? It’s all bad. Death is not pretty. That is why doctors give patients drugs to make the experience less painful for the patient. It happens all the time. The God Damn Congress didn’t intervene and tell us to not stop dialysis on my husband’s grandma! That would be ridiculous! It is a family decision. It’s a difficult, horrible descision, but it is a personal thing. I am just utterly sickened that this Schiavo case has gone this far. Congress should not be involved. Damn these parents for not letting go of thier poor, suffering child. She did not want this. They have exploited her and it is sick.