Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Florida, America's legal laboratory

Another chaper in the long sad story of Terri S. and our constitution

I have been advised in print and twice by radio guest experts that the best way to avoid becoming a part of this sort of public tragedy is to clearly document your wishes before something happens. As we see in this case, telling your spouse and family several times what you prefer is not sufficient nor is it ok to assume they will legally be able to decide for you. Even though we don't have a military draft you never know when your country may need your life to prove a point
So, when you do write up your document, with a lawyer, a notary, and witnesses, put it in a safe place and tell everyone where it is.

Even if I don't cover every possible scenario of life altering medical circumstance I intend to include instructions that in any state of conciousness I would like George W. Bush to kiss my ass.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I generally expect to find more culture in a laboratory. -Jeff

4:32 PM  
Blogger Mr. Wentz said...

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9:09 PM  
Blogger Mr. Wentz said...

Pardon the long post.

Zach pointed me towards GW signing into law the ability for hospitals to remove a patient's support over the objections of the parents.

I'm including links to that information and more.

Hypocritical.

Maybe not so hypocritical. (Go to the very end.)

Revisited.

9:12 PM  
Anonymous Jonathan said...

I also think it needs to be pointed out that it is a serious lapse of medical ethics for Sen. Frist to offer a medical opinion in an area where he is not expert without examining the patient or having access to her full records.

8:51 AM  
Blogger Fares said...

Well, since he is afraid of catching AIDS through tears or sweat he has switched to remote diagnosis for all his patients.

Thanks to Jon Stewart for reminding us what a fine spokeman for the medical community the Hon. Mr. Frist has been.

8:58 AM  

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