Category Archives: Living Wills and End of Life Issues

The Zombie On Life And Death

I know:  what the heck does that mean?

Other blogging nerds probably know this is a reference to blogger Zombie.

Zombie’s latest Pajamas Media article is a must-read.  It is very touching, and also very illuminating.  With this personal story, Zombie is able to explain why it’s not paranoid or extreme to be wary of Living Wills and End-of-Life Counselling.   

If you feel pressured to have a “Living Will,” but you don’t feel comfortable with the language within it, then don’t sign one.  Or create your own “Will To Live” from the National Right To Life’s template

Instead of saying the usual “In the event that my quality of life stinks because I’m hooked up to wires and tubes, unplug ’em and let me die,” it says something more along the lines of, “Don’t unplug me!  Don’t starve me!”

What We Seek To Avoid

Via Da Tech Guy, PJMom, and The Camp of The Saints, is the very epitome of That Which We Eeeeevil Conservatives Seek To Avoid:

Maraachli and Nader fought to bring Joseph home so he could spend his last days surrounded by loved ones. . . .  
[but] With all of their legal avenues exhausted, the family will have to say goodbye [at the hospital] Monday morning when his breathing tube will be removed. . . . The parents asked for a tracheotomy, which would open up a direct airway through an incision in Joseph’s trachea and make it possible to bring the baby home.  But doctors refused to perform the procedure, citing serious risks of infection, pneumonia and other possible complications.
That’s right.
The baby’s condition is terminal, and he is going to die anyway.
All the parents want is a tracheotomy, which, as we’ve all seen on TV, can be completed with a ballpoint pen if necessary.
One may not impose the risk of infection on a child facing imminent death, sayeth the Canadian government.
Risk is at issue, sure, but whose risk?
Therein lies the sleight of hand.  The officials and/or article author want to sound like they are concerned about the risk to the baby.
But the risk is really that the baby will incur more costs than necessary, if the tracheotomy is performed.
The parents have no say in this.  The government deems it so.
Meanwhile, south of the Canadian border the United States House of Representatives has voted to defund Obamacare, and that is all well and good.  Yet, I am also told that
“Defunding ObamaCare was always symbolic because money has already been appropriated for that, in the last Congress, so only a positive law would stop that, and the Senate won’t agree to that, and Obama would veto it.”
 Oh, I am frightened, well and truly.
Those that want to sell the idea of imaginary folks who died because they didn’t have health insurance:  what say they about baby Joseph, and his last few days of life?  Perhaps they could claim that their death panel will do a better, more humane job.
In the meantime, I’ll find real comfort in the words of Heather and David Britton:
“You’ve got to advocate for your kids.  If there is something you want for your kids, don’t let anybody tell you differently, just find a way to make it happen, ’cause there’s a way.”