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Tuesday, March 29, 2005


Donuts and Terri

Spent the night on a Geri unit. The morning wake-up-and-feed-the-helpless routine was quite the zoo. Yet no one suggested that we park these people in a corner for a couple of weeks to quietly, or noisily, starve. I admit that I was a little surprised to find that no one had euthanized some of our patients while I was away. When I left the hospital I first went to use a free Dunkin' Donuts coupon given to me by the day RN (thanks again, A.)

On the way home I got into some interesting discussions. One was with a somewhat brain-damaged (2° MVA) but very functional friend who assured me that he is going to get 'DNR' tattooed over his sternum. That's my kind of Advanced Directive! Another talk was with a colleague who reminded me that this sort of thing goes on all the time without the fanfare.

Once home I brunched on the last of the leftover Kroger's rotisserie chicken (2 1/2 meals!), Diet Coke, salad, and some Purim goodies I missed yesterday. Even went out on the front step and smoked a cigar. Much more of a meal and a morning than Terri Schiavo's having.

I've looked at a bunch of the verbiage, imagery, and law surrounding this murder. I'm no slouch when it comes to patient assessment, chart reviews, and medico-legal matters. My friends, and my enemies, we have crossed the divide. We now have a precedent leading to overt euthanasia. Not 'assisted suicide'. Not 'enthusiastic over-administration' of narcotics. Not 'end-of-life' care. Euthanasia. When the day comes that a judge may declare your life valueless, when they bring your 'hot-shot' of morphine or phenobarb, it will be too late for you to say much. On that day, you may even discover that your Living Will/AD doesn't carry the weight that you thought it would.

Previous FASTAC 6 posts on Terri Schiavo:

Scares me to death. Especially when I find myself agreeing with Jesse Jackson & Ralph Nader on a subject...never thought that would happen.
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