Are yours in place? Mine are!!! When Terri Schivo was in the news, my mother thought it was "just horrible" that her husband was going "murder" her by not letting them feed her. When I heard that comment I immediately went online and printed up official state advanced directives. Then took them the next day to get noterized.(SP?) I listed my husband(of 15 years) and my best friend(of 24 years) as the ones to make any and all healthcare decisions for me. My mother is not listed at all. I know that she would not be able to let me go and I do not want to stay if I can't be me. There is a HUGE difference, IMHO, between LIVING
and just existing
If I can't hold my husband's hand or pull my children on my lap and tell them I love them. If I can't control my bladder and need someone to turn me in the bed. THAT IS NOT LIVING!!!! Needless to say, mom isn't happy with me. I told her she will have no say in the decisions, but she is just gonna have to "live" with it.
May 22, '07
Although I am not a healthcare worker, I also filled out advanced directives because of Terri Schiavo. Even though I am a conservative Christian, I was appalled by the fight to keep Terri's body alive. Some of these people still think she was murdered, even after the results of the autopsy confirmed her persistent vegetative state.
I sent my directives to family, pcp, hospital, and even had it recorded as a public record. My actual wishes go beyond what is legally allowed, however. Once I have reached the stage where significant brain damage is inevitable, it's time to call the code.
Last edit by mshultz on May 22, '07
: Reason: misspelled "healthcare"