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Dora, you're referring to reports of Terri Schiavo...

2005-05-19T08:11:00.000-05:00

Dora, you're referring to reports of Terri Schiavo's bulimia. It is, as you say, an eating disorder. It isn't a diet or lifestyle choice, it is a serious psychological problem. In that sense, she didn't bring about (or choose) her stroke any more than anyone else brings about a sudden, unexpected medical emergency.

Part of my position on the Schiavo case is that people should be extremely wary of believing their own convictions about what conditions they would wish to die under when they have not yet tried living under those conditions. (Further, these convictions are suspect when our culture creates a hostile environment to wanting to live disabled.) Given that, a discussion of whether or not Schiavo's (alleged?) psychological illness created a kind of vanity against living disabled doesn't much interest me.



I know this is an older issue (and an older blog),...

2005-05-18T14:19:00.000-05:00

I know this is an older issue (and an older blog), but it struck me anyway. One thing I can't understand is why no one brings up the real irony of the situation: Shiavo in a sense did this to herself. Because of a chemical imbalance prompted by an eating disorder, she had a stroke and was permanently brain damaged. It is only my assumption that someone so concerned with her appearance would not want to be left in the state that she was in. Or, was did she have the wherewithall to want either fate?



The implications of the case go farther though, th...

2005-04-29T18:27:00.000-05:00

The implications of the case go farther though, than Terri's sentience.

If someone cannot speak for themselves and wants to live, yet has the tube removed *with brain activity alertness etc.* This case can be used as precedent, if not legally, then in the minds of caregivers and legislators.

And on the other side: If someone cannot speak for themselves and wants to die, yet the tube remains inserted, yet again this case can sit in the back of someone's mind and influence them to do the opposite because of what they believed about Terri.

We're out of luck both ways.



This case is certainly tricky. the question is, to...

2005-04-05T10:55:00.000-05:00

This case is certainly tricky. the question is, to what extent was terri alive? her cerebral cortex was filled with fluid, and it depends on which doctor you listen to on whether she was concious or not. at the same time, twenty years agoo, doctors were saying similar things about us cp-ers.