Why it’s a good idea to write it down

Even veg-heads shouldn’t have to starve to death to get out of a crap hand. Yeah, I’m talking about Terri. I don’t often get too “current event”-sy on my blog, but I’ll be brief here. Terri died and I’m sorry I come from a country that won’t at least have the mercy to euthanise a person. Nope- for some reason it’s more “ethical” to starve and dehydrate a person to death. Just because she couldn’t pick up a damn spoon doesn’t mean she should’ve been let go that way. It’s barbaric and for a civilised nation, appallingly cruel.

Don’t get me wrong. I think Terri needed to die. I don’t like the way it was induced, but one likes to think that the doctors and judges were informed individuals. It was selfish and ridiculous for her family to want to keep their “pet” of a daughter alive. Let go people… it’s not right to prolong a life to such fruitless extremes for your own politically wrapped adorations and cause furthering.
I don’t believe she would’ve ever recovered. She was in the same state for nearly 14 years. She wasn’t exactly having an engaging and typical quality of life. Perhaps it’s not my place to say she should’ve been allowed to live or die, nor is that really why I’m commenting on the the Shiavo fiasco…
Nope- I found it a clear case of why euthanasia should be allowed and also why it’s so damn important to write down your final wishes. Even if you don’t have it notarised, stamped, sealed, witnessed, blessed or carved in stone- write it down. Sign and date it. It may go to court and get fought over, but at least if it’s your handwriting then it can be shown to a court and you’ll be in a marginally better position than to be without it. They may still not allow you to be humanely euthanised, but perhaps you’d get your wishes granted if you wanted to die. If it were me in Terri’s shoes, I’d have wanted to die years ago. (Of course, thanks to brain damage, she might’ve actually been having a great time… but in her previous state, would she have wanted such a life? I doubt it. That would be incredibly selfish and cruel to those around her. We’ll never really know though…)

I saw a comment on the family’s site by a woman who was in a coma for 70 days saying that Terri should’ve been allowed to live… that there could be hope. Perhaps. But hey lady- you were under for a mere 70 days. Terri was in a pseudo-veg state for 13+ years. The likelihood of recovery at that point is very slim to none. She should’ve been able to die with dignity, not forced to starve to death. A lethal injection or a gassing would’ve been entirely more humane, but the hardcore US Christian right-wingers would’ve stolen her listless body out of the hospice to prevent it. I can see the “Where’s Terri?” headlines now…

What a crappy way to go, but I’m glad she’s gone. She has peace now. The circus around her bed is over. Now, watch the sparks fly in court between the opposing sides… Jesus people- let her go and get on with your lives. Isn’t that what most of us would wish for our friends and families anyway?

smooches to Terri and here’s hoping patient’s rights see reform~
jEN

What I’m listening to right now:
Die, Die My Darling from the album “Misfits” by Misfits
(I know that was crass… but then, I can’t be totally serious for the whole post…)

One thought on “Why it’s a good idea to write it down”

  1. Something that’s been bugging me about this…

    Her husband has moved on, and is seeing someone new. Understandable after over a decade, especially since the woman had told him she didn’t want to end up like that, despite her “faith”.

    I certainly feel sorry for the husband’s new partner – that sort of thing is sure to put a real downer on any relationship. I wonder if they’re going to get married now – and here’s a question, could he have divorced his wife, or would that have resulted in her family coming after him for everything he owned and earned?

    I’m not suggesting that he wanted her dead so he could move on, but could that have played a role? If the family had absolved him of responsibility for her, could he have left her life to her family?

    Or did he just have the conviction for what his wife had said, and the respect for her to carry out her wishes, regardless of the cost?

    It’s interesting that America is seeing the sort of thing that’s been happening here in Australia – government (like Tom DeLay) publicly criticising the judiciary, and showing annoyance that they won’t fall into line behind government decisions.

    At least Americans have a bill of rights *sigh* no such luck here 🙁

    Cheers
    Matt

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