Tuesday, March 22, 2005

life

Mrs. Schaivo is 41 years old. Why do I call her Mrs. Schiavo as opposed to Terry as everyone else does? I’ve never met the woman, I have to right to use her name as if she is a friend of mine.

I’m 34 years old. When I was 26, I was living in Singapore with my parents. I was going to clubs and dancing and meeting people. Mrs. Schiavo had a heart attack brought on by a potassium imbalance. Her brain was deprived of oxygen for 5 minutes and parts of it died.

When I was 28, I came back to the United States to attend Library School. I spent a summer in New York City. I moved to Chapel Hill North Carolina. I was elected President of my School’s student association by my peers. I made friends with some of the best people I have ever met in my entire life.
When Mrs. Schiavo was 28 she lay in a hospital bed with parts of her brain being turned into spinal fluid.

When I was 30, I had moved to Los Angeles. I was working on a brand new career. I had my own apartment. I had bought my own brand new car. My parents and I had visited Disneyworld.
When she was 30, Mrs. Schiavo was in a hospital bed, unable to swallow, unable to communicate. Unable to think.
When I was 32, I had season tickets to the Los Angeles Opera. I saw some of the most glorious pieces of operatic work ever composed. I saw Mamma Mia with my friends. I saw Robin Williams at the Universal Amphitheater. I read books, I saw movies, I spent time with my family. My father turned 60. My grandmother turned 80. One of my best friends got married. I promoted to branch manager. I now had a branch library of my own. My own staff. A budget and a building to manage.
When she was 32, Mrs. Schiavo was in a hospital bed. Visited by her husband and her parents.

I turned 34 in January. My brother’s wife had a baby. A beautiful, happy adorable baby that I have been able to hold and love.
When she was 34 Mrs. Schiavo lay in a hospital bed. Unable to acknowledge her family. Unable to chew or swallow. Unable to think.

I’m sure that many things will happen to me in the next seven years of my life. Many new experiences. And many old ones as well. My family will continue to grow, I will continue to be an active part of it.
In the seven years since she was 34, Mrs. Schiavo has been used as a pawn. She lies in a bed, unable to do anything. Her mind literally no longer exists. But she is no longer able to be an active part of her family.
Mrs. Schiavo should be allowed to die. She deserves peace. And she deserves dignity.

3 comments:

t said...

You'll get no argument from me. I agree 100%. Her suffering needs to end.

t said...

Just an interesting note:
www.miami.com is the website of the Miami Herald newspaper and Yahoo News had an excellent news story from the Herald for a while this morning about the history of the Schiavo case. All the info was from court documents over the years. Seems that after a year or so Terri Schiavo's parents actually urged her husband to start dating other women, telling him he "needed to get on with his life". They also agreed with him for years that she was in a hopeless vegetative state until they came across one single neurologist who thought she "may have shown a little response (to stimuli)". That was all they needed to bring them to the position they're at today. They also wanted 1/2 of the money Terri got from a malpractice suit, supposedly to help care for her with it. Her husband said "No" because they got a lot less in the settlement than he expected. Her parents got furious and accused him of trying to steal the money intended for her. To which he responded "If you'd like, I'll give it all to charity."

It was a very interesting article.

shayera said...

Michael Schiavo is a much better person than he is being painted as. I've also read that the woman he is with is very supportive of his situation. I used to ignore this story for a long time. But it's more than impossible to avoid it now. And as you may have noticed, I'm not a big supporter of the MSM. So I can be guatanteed to check out more about the stories they think so important. And also, look at who they surround themselves with. The Schindlers are surrounded by Randall Terry, Tom Delay, and Bill Frist. Michael Schaivo speaks for himself. I'm so much more on his side.