My take on Terri
I guess it’s time for me to way in on this issue.
I really tried to avoid it as I can’t seem to pick a side. It seems that the more information I get the more difficult this situation gets for me.
On one hand, I see a husband that on the surface, appears to care for his wife and her quality of life. On the other side, you have a family that seems genuinely concerned for the life of their daughter. I also have to question the motivations of a husband who’s been living with another woman and fathered 2 children with that other woman. Does he really have his estranged wife’s best interests at heart?
I hear doctors say that she’s beyond help and I hear others say that she can be rehabilitated. I read that Terri is in fact brain dead and I read other opinions that say that she could eat without the tubes. How can viewpoints or opinions from learned doctors be so opposite?
I look at it is like this: If it were me and I was laid up in a hospital bed for 11 fucking years without the ability to hold my own head still or communicate some kind of reasonable thought to those around me I would rather be gone from this planet! I wouldn’t want people fighting to keep me alive in the state that Terri is in right now! I wouldn’t want my family to go through any of the stuff that either side is going through right now. I feel confident that my family knows that I wouldn’t want to live like this and they wouldn’t fight to keep me alive.
I’ve heard or read the arguments on both sides and I don’t have an answer to this problem. There are a few things I know about this issue. The first thing I know for sure is that if it were me, I’d want to die and the second thing I know is, if it were me, I wouldn’t want the federal government involved! I think most importantly I know that I wouldn’t want anyone but my family making this decision for me.
I’ve seen pictures of Terri Schiavo taken before this all started. She looked like a beautiful, lively woman and something tells me that she’s screaming from behind those blank almost lifeless eyes, “LET ME GO!”