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case; where two doctors, two neurologists, two-anything would look at Terri and see polar opposite situations or outcomes. Unfortunately, ethics and euthanasia kind of went out the window when the government was intervening due to healthcare providers being legally obligated to do what the courts wanted despite seeing other avenues for Terri that did not require starvation. Final ThoughtsNot only did this case make me look at my own health issues now that I take Potassium supplements daily because I caught my deficiency early and have an EKG machine in my home, to monitor when my QTc get too high I know I need to eat a banana even with my supplement.
Three years ago after I passed out driving home, my bloodwork and blood pressure signified I needed to see a Heart Doctor. No one could figure out what was going on but that I had my QTc spiking when I would pass out. I then finally said, I have an Eating Disorder. I have been doing this since I was 13 years-old. Finally being honest, he was able to pinpoint the Potassium deficiency and gave me a grave warning “I wont even say you may die, I am going to say you WILL die if you don’t stop this now. I feel blessed that I caught my situation early enough to get treatment but the damage is done now, I may look healthy or chubbier than I was before but underneath it all; my sugar bottoms-out, my electrolytes are imbalanced, I am on three supplements a day; for my heart, my kidneys and the daily vitamin. I am having a lot of dental work done, I have ate my teeth up with acid; today its costed me over $13,000 and I still have $6,500 in future procedures. I remember her case when I was Graduating and my parents were using it to get me to stop.This case also made me see how important it is to be prepared for the ‘unthinkable’ and in2005, I did get an advanced directive which stated my mother had control of my decisions shouldI fall into a state where I have no quality of life, which for me meant I was bedridden, just let me go. Then in 2008, I got married and had a child, I did not ever think about dying but when my husband deployed and in 2010 I decided I needed an updated Living Will & Advanced Directive.I did take a page from the Terri Schiavo case; my husband and I decided we had not been married but 2 years so we would still grant our parents control of our bodies. My distaste for Michael Schiavo stemmed from the fact that they had a brief marriage so the people who loved her the most should be in control or at least the minute he started a new life with someone else heshould have been stripped of his power to control Terri and her funds. Now, for me, I have been married 11 years, my wishes have changed some but one thing has remained the same is I ensure
everyone I love knows what my wishes are should I end up in a vegetative state (but I do hope if I do end up like this, I would NOT have to spend my final days starving to death!)
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