What Would I Want Done?

Discussion in 'Other Christian Denominations' started by Crabtownboy, Nov 16, 2012.

?

If I were in a vegetative state

Poll closed Dec 1, 2012.
  1. Turn the machines off. Let me go.

    73.3%
  2. Keep my body alive at all cost

    6.7%
  3. Let the doctors decide

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. I am not sure

    20.0%
  1. Crabtownboy

    Crabtownboy
    Expand Collapse
    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2008
    Messages:
    16,613
    Likes Received:
    157
    In another thread the name of Terry Schiavo has been included in several replies. This made me wonder about others on the BB.

    If you were in the condition of Terry Schiavo would you want them to keep you alive or pull the plug.

    I have left specific instructions that no heroic measures be take to prolong my life in such a case. Keep me as comfortable as they can and let me go to be with the Lord ... quickly I hope.
     
  2. annsni

    annsni
    Expand Collapse
    Administrator
    Administrator

    Joined:
    May 30, 2006
    Messages:
    20,163
    Likes Received:
    368
    Since Terry was not on life support other than nutrition and hydration, she is not a typical example. She was murdered.

    We've dealt with this numerous times as a pastor's family. One young man came in after a skateboarding accident and his brain was completely non-functional. It actually had turned in his skull. However, his brain stem was still working so his heart was still beating but he was not breathing on his own. After many tests, it was confirmed that he was completely brain dead and in the days as they were testing him, you could see his body breaking down - the doctor said that it was basically already decomposing.

    However, we've also seen another case where we were told that the accident victim was brain dead but they were still breathing on their own - and they eventually recovered enough to communicate and are now in constant care but are a great blessing and do not wish to have anyone kill them.

    For me, if I were like Vince, where I was dead and a machine was breathing for me, pull the plug. But if I'm alive and just needing nutrition and hydration, I'm no different from a child who also needs that and as such, I should receive that.

    So my basic answer is "it depends".
     
  3. ktn4eg

    ktn4eg
    Expand Collapse
    New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2004
    Messages:
    3,517
    Likes Received:
    1
    ......And also indicate that you want to be an organ donor! :thumbsup:

    A couple I know of has a teenaged daughter who was critically injured when a drunk smashed his car into hers life was saved because someone gave her his/her heart. :thumbsup:
     
  4. The Biblicist

    The Biblicist
    Expand Collapse
    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2011
    Messages:
    14,119
    Likes Received:
    206
    I think you have hit the balance and I agree.
     
  5. Tom Butler

    Tom Butler
    Expand Collapse
    New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2005
    Messages:
    9,031
    Likes Received:
    0
    I agree with Ann as well.
     
  6. billwald

    billwald
    Expand Collapse
    Banned

    Joined:
    Jun 28, 2000
    Messages:
    11,414
    Likes Received:
    0
    I have told all my kids to fill my IV with vodka if they can't legally pull the plug. Don't say anything, just do it and keep your mouth shut.
     
  7. mont974x4

    mont974x4
    Expand Collapse
    New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2012
    Messages:
    2,565
    Likes Received:
    1
    I have made it clear that I don't want to be messed with. No paddles, no feeding tubes, and no life support. Make me comfortable and let me go in peace.
     
  8. Salty

    Salty
    Expand Collapse
    20,000 Posts Club
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2003
    Messages:
    22,093
    Likes Received:
    218
    All I ask is that my IV be filled with Mountain Dew (make that Diet)
     
  9. SaggyWoman

    SaggyWoman
    Expand Collapse
    Administrator
    Administrator

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2000
    Messages:
    17,933
    Likes Received:
    8
    Let me go........
     
  10. annsni

    annsni
    Expand Collapse
    Administrator
    Administrator

    Joined:
    May 30, 2006
    Messages:
    20,163
    Likes Received:
    368
    That goes without question. An amazing thing about that young man who had the skateboarding accident - he was an organ donor and now over a year later, his father received some of his bone for a spinal fusion! I think it is actually helping him mentally.
     
  11. Melanie

    Melanie
    Expand Collapse
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2002
    Messages:
    2,779
    Likes Received:
    5
    I have made my wishes known to GP and family, no heroic measures.....stroll on down if I am in cardiac arrest and have a coffee.

    I would like to be conscious and able to receive pastoral care more than anything else.
     
  12. Jerome

    Jerome
    Expand Collapse
    Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 21, 2006
    Messages:
    5,610
    Likes Received:
    44
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01ny377

     
    #12 Jerome, Nov 21, 2012
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 21, 2012

Share This Page

Loading...