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March 20, 2005

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Wow, a self-selected Internet poll, with no controls on whether people are answering truly and with a sample size of 15? And that also reduces all non-democrats and non-republicans to "independent?" That should yield some valid answers!

Had to make the decision to stop lifesaving procedures twice in my life and thank God only my sisters, and my sons were involved..does anyone really understand what a terrible time it is for the family...would Bush want someone in the room with him when it involves his loved ones? The time has come for Americans to fight for the right to their own bodies and medical decisions.

Terri's husband and parents have one very similar point in common. They each believe they are doing the most humane thing for her. How ironic. Two different points of view, but they, and everyone else, are all concerned about her ultimate welfare. There are those that believe in an afterlife, where sick bodies are made whole again. There are those that believe life should be clung to regardless of the situation. I choose to believe that both sides are really well meaning, but strongly disagree, and how sad to blame each other for not having Terri's best interests at heart. How sad not to honor each other's point of view at a time families should bond together. Yet a decision has to be made one way or the other...and either way we're playing God. Eventually we have to have faith in the time and thought that has been put into deciding Terri's fate, and understand all want the best for her. Don't criminalize her husband who agonizes over the loss of the woman he loves, or her parents who cannot say goodbye to her physical body. There is no right answer. We are only human, and I rejoice that the decision has been so hard - I would worry more if it had been made quickly either way. How hard to act on the behalf of someone who can't make decisions on their own. It seems everyone can agree on one point - the importance of making your wishes known when you can, so those you love are saved the anguish of making life and death decisions.

Terri's husband and parents have one very similar point in common. They each believe they are doing the most humane thing for her. How ironic. Two different points of view, but they, and everyone else, are all concerned about her ultimate welfare. There are those that believe in an afterlife, where sick bodies are made whole again. There are those that believe life should be clung to regardless of the situation. I choose to believe that both sides are really well meaning, but strongly disagree, and how sad to blame each other for not having Terri's best interests at heart. How sad not to honor each other's point of view at a time families should bond together. Yet a decision has to be made one way or the other...and either way we're playing God. Eventually we have to have faith in the time and thought that has been put into deciding Terri's fate, and understand all want the best for her. Don't criminalize her husband who agonizes over the loss of the woman he loves, or her parents who cannot say goodbye to her physical body. There is no right answer. We are only human, and I rejoice that the decision has been so hard - I would worry more if it had been made quickly either way. How hard to act on the behalf of someone who can't make decisions on their own. It seems everyone can agree on one point - the importance of making your wishes known when you can, so those you love are saved the anguish of making life and death decisions.

WHAT IF?
What if Terri was a Lesbian with a Life Mate and she had a living will to designate her Mate to make decisions like her Husband does today.

What if her Mate decided to remove the feeding tube.

What if the parents objected like they did recently.

What if the courts heard the case.

What if our President heard about this case, would he be so relentless to get it to Congress for a vote?

If everyone is so uptight about saving a life, would this "What if" mean so much?

Harry Kelso
What IF?

Interesting to learn that Tom DeLay's father suffered a similar fate. The family had to decide what the wishes of the patient would be, and decided that he would not want to life like that. Knowing that he has been through a tragedy like that it is weird to hear him speak about the Schiavo case and decide against the procedure.

And indeed, this thread seems to attrackt quite a new group of contributors.

dutchmarbel: yep, a whole new bunch of people. To any of you who are those new people: this is not a site where everyone thinks the same way. Please do not make assumptions about what everyone here thinks based on my post; those assumptions would almost certainly be wrong. Also, our posting rules prohibit incivility. Thanks.

why is a quack of a lawyer being able to dictate this woman's life. This lawyer claims that he has spiritual powers that allow him to talk to those who can not communicate..please ask him, where he got this power, because to force someone to die in this manner is not of God, or man...he is enjoying this...I bet that once she is dead he will do another book to make money off of her some more, and claim that Terri's soul spirit spoke to him and told him she wanted to die...for everyone's info to say that a 27 year old would have discussed dying is wrong, those who are 27 are not thinking of death...she did not know this was going to happen to her...so how can her husband say this is her wish to die...it is wrong...don't give up the fight....http://www.americandigest.org/mt-archives/005323.php
http://www.sptimes.com/News/052501/Floridian/The_spirit_and_the_la.shtml
Felos does not mention Schiavo in Law as Spiritual Practice, but says he wants to start a second book when the case is over. He may talk about his spiritual journey with Schiavo then. For now, he is preparing for a hearing before the 2nd District Court of Appeal in Lakeland on June 25. He thinks the court will agree that her feeding tube should be removed.

That is what is necessary, he says, "to accomplish what I believe are Terri's wishes."

Does Felos believe Terri Schiavo's soul has spoken to his?

Felos declines to answer, showing his lawyerly side. "It's a pending case," he says.

I also wanted to add the this country wants people to where there seat belt

Seat belt laws are favoured most by insurance companies. It's a matter of not wearing a seat belt costing other people money, not just the well-being or life of the auto passengers as individuals.
So I don't think the issues can be fairly compared.

Well, it appears one more person has failed to read the thread or educate themselves on the basic facts of the case...

ONE more person? Just one more? haha.

Gromit: Thanks for that Ralph Nader link. Just another reason I dislike Ralph Nader, despite the fact that I support the Green Party... He's apparently misinformed just like the rest of them, thinking she could be spoon fed!

pdf file
“Dr. Barnhill who had testified at trial had physically examined Terri Schiavo on several occasions. He has also reviewed her records, especially on her ability to swallow. He testified that he agreed with the prognosis of the treating physician, Dr. Gambone, that there was no point in doing another swallowing study since she had not changed since the last study.
….
Dr. Barnhill testified that in his opinion attempting oral nutrition would result in aspiration with insufficient nutrition passing to the stomach to maintain her, thereby prolonging her death, if the feeding tube were withdrawn. He testified that such aspiration would lead to infection, fever, cough, and ultimately pneumonia. This would require suctioning which likely would be fatal.”

Carole Hansen: It seems everyone can agree on one point - the importance of making your wishes known when you can, so those you love are saved the anguish of making life and death decisions.

Nope, sorry, not even everyone agrees upon that!
http://www.inthesetimes.com...
“Many people, even conservatives, have taken the lesson from the Schiavo case that everyone should have a living will. But if religious extremists get their way, living wills may not be worth the paper they are written on.
When living will legislation first gained support in the ’70s and ’80s, the anti-abortion movement was adamantly opposed to demands for “death with dignity.” As the National Right to Life notes on its Web site (www.nrlc.org), living wills are used “to condition public acceptance of assisted suicide, mercy killing, and euthanasia.”
By and large, religious extremists lost their fight against living wills legislation. But Schiavo’s case appears to have re-energized the movement’s opposition to living wills, in the guise of opposition to euthanasia and assisted suicide.”

For the love of god can we stop talking about Terri Schiavo already? It's like Elian Gonzales all over again, will he stay or will he go? Who cares?!?! Obviously it's better if he stays (he ended up back in Cuba by the way, if anyone cares), and its better if Terri lives, but there is better news out there. Did you know there was another Earthquake in Southeast Asia? Thousands dead, blah blah, given about 1/100th the coverage of the Terri case. Did you know millions of children die of malnutrition, or what about the global trade in child sex slaves? Did you know Osama Bin Laden is still at large? Or how about the fact that millionaires pay less taxes than those below the poverty line? I'm telling you Martians could have landed in Washington and we wouldn't have heard about it at this point. And what would they say if they did land? Oh me oh my, theres a brain damaged woman, half of her family wants to keep her alive the other half wants her dead. Sounds like worthy international news to me! By the way she's one of 40,000 brain damaged people who are argued over by their families each year in the USA alone? What about Europe where Terri would have been killed already no questions asked? The Media could cover some 12 year old stepping on an ant and the nation would call for the kid to have a giant brick dropped on him. Does the term media circus mean anything anymore? How about propoganda? The nation, our government, and especially our media needs to grow the fuck up!!!

What I see here is some very intelligent people debating both sides of a coin. I am a simple mom with 3 kids, a husband and a life. I would never want to have to make the choice to remove a feeding tube from one of my children. Thankfully, Terri's case has caused my family to talk about "what if". We really have talked about all the different circumstances that we would or would not be able to accept. I am sorry that politicians seem to use Terri as a platform. I am more sorry that her parents can't let go. As for her husband, well, maybe he should have just walked away long ago and let her family deal with it. He did move on with another woman and have children. Let the past go.

I do believe that Terri may have talked about this when she was 27. Good lord, not everyone sit about under a shade tree thinking about saving the whales and the state of the government. I was married young and we talked about everything! Why? Because in everyday life, **** happens. My boyfriends brother was in a horrible car crash. He was hooked up to a ton of tubes and wires and his family pulled the plug after 18 months of no brain activity. So it makes you think, and you talk. Everyday, blue collar, hard working people do more than eat, sleep, work and have kids. They read, and educate themselfs and communicate with their family. I am no lawyer, thank god, there are folks out there that are more suited to that than me. Life happens, and so does death. Should the government have control over the right of an individual to refuse treatment? Yes and No. There are cases were a person may not be in their right mind at the time and when treated or what have you they are more themselfs and are greatful they were treated. But 15 years in a veggitative state with no chance to improve???? I think that she died long ago, only no one told her parents. I truely feel deeply for her parents, but I think they just aren't able to deal with the loss of their daughter so they just hold on. Her husband, I feel bad for him as well. If he really feels he is trying to do what is right by Terri, then he has more back bone than most. Many people would have washed their hands of it all by now. Sometimes it is the regular guy who has the answer, not the big brains. Thankfully, I have never been accused of being either,lol. Sorry, a little humor even in the worse circumstance can lighten a heavy burden. I just say a little prayer now and agian that there will be peace for Terri no matter what.

I want to know who is going to replace my tax money wasted by this stupid case.It makes me sick to think of all the money wasted on this brain dead husk.I expect my taxes to be spent in support of the war with Irak.My house plant has more right to food and water than this husk atleast a plant still has a function this brain dead thing is just taking up space of someone who needs it.

I think Terri shoud not die because everybody has the right to live and this shoud tech as something and nobody has the right to kill or give life to nobody only God has the power to do that

I think that everybody has the right to live and the right to die when they ready.

Also the people that are helping here I think that they great people only God has the right to take the life of everybody. Many youths use the word to apply it for a fight.

I think that Terri should have the right to do whatever she wants/believes what's right for her life...

Then again... I could be wrong..

Michael Schiavo admitted on Larry King about a week ago "How should I know what Terri would want. It's what WE want". So much for Terri's wish to die. I think Terri's holding out this long (thirteen days today) shows her incredible will to live. It's so sad there are so many heartless people who want her dead.
Terri is not brain-dead. She isn't suffering from any illness. She has been alert, and trying to communicate. Her condition could have improved with therapy, according to many unbiased specialists (not the ones Michael and attorney Felos hired). Unfortunately, ever since being awarded a large court settlement, Michael has done everything possible to insure that her condition does not improve. It is obvious he has a lot to hide, and Mr. Felos & Judge Greer have a personal agenda to push.

Leda is a moron. It is people like Leda that have made what should have been a very private matter into a public circus. The woman has died physically. She died mentally and emotionally 15 years ago. Leave the husband, judge and family alone to finally get their thoughts and feelings in order. ENOUGH!!!

Chava,

statements like your first one above violate our posting rules. Please refrain from such responses.

How about mentioning that Leda's comment was a pack of out-and-out falsehoods?

A truly sad day for the entire family of Terri Shiavo.

My heart goes out to both the parents and husband. This plight belongs to them and not those of us tearfully looking back on her last 15 years.

This woman was raised by a mother and father who loved her, that shared her life from the very beginning. It's right and good that they would only want their child to live, even prosper. This type of loss is inconceivable to most of us. I've lost on this level and do understand this pain. This is natural, but often breeds a kind of blind resentment against opposition in all forms. It's a prolonged symptom of grief that covers so many emotions.

I'm engaged and have spoken to my fiancé about our own wishes if something tragically similar had happened to one of us. I can only assume that Terri's husband spoke to her at some point in their life together while she was of sound mind and body. This topic is generally not discussed with parents, but confided between husband and wife. It's private and very personal.

It's natural those who "knew her" in love would wish her spared, but have to weigh the emotional costs of this existence over any selfish needs or influence to hang on to them. A living will would most likely have prevented this heartless display from the sidelines that will only feed their sufferring. We all care on some level. If we were honest enough with ourselves, we would've simply prayed the right thing to come, even if it's not what we wanted to hear. No matter what our outside opinions are, I believe the inevitable has come.

Despite all passionate sympathy for so-called "sides" in this matter, it's not my personal fight nor do I deserve it to be. There's only one side people, those who loved her as a daughter, a mother, or a wife. I can admit that and hope others will respect her and the family's right to grieve, heal, and eventually continue with good memories of her in their hearts. It's the rest of us that will threaten and destroy that memory if we fight or continue in our own selfish interests.

Terri taught a most valuable lesson before her passing, and her memory deserves to be respected. I wonder how many of us on the sidelines actually understood what this was? Thank you, with the heaviest of hearts...

Royael

Everyone is beating up on this couragous and loyal man. He didn't have to continue this fight, but still he remained steadfast to Terri's wishes all these years.

Michael, you have my deepest sympathies for your loss and my admiration for your integrity.

My friend (and author), I wish I could say that you are just an idiot- in that case the injunction: "God forgive him/her for he/she knows not what he/she is doing" could magnanimously apply to you, but based on clear hints that one can find in the impressive amount of filth dispersed above, there seems to be a strong presumption that you are also a scoundrel which is not surprising because stupidity and baseness typically go hand in hand. It is even more saddening if you really are a woman (sic!)…


To come right to the point; there would be no reason for Terri Schiavo to have been in a vegetative state; if Michael Schiavo had not been beating her to the point were Terri had FRACTURED RIBS, DAMAGE TOHER PELVIC AREA, LI VERTEBRAA, SPINE, BOTH KNEES WERE BROKEN
AND BOTH ANKLES WERE ALSO BROKEN ACCORDING TO THE BONE SCAN.

There were injuries to Terri's neck that were consistant with strangulation.

In a letter faxed to Pinellas-Pasco County State Attorney Bernie McCabe, the governor said Michael Schiavo testified in a 1992 medical malpractice trial that he found his wife collapsed at 5 a.m. on Feb. 25, 1990, and he said in a 2003 television interview that he found her about 4:30 a.m. He called 911 at 5:40 a.m.

Why did it take Michael Schiavo an HOUR AND TEM MINUTES to call 911? This is a question that Judge Greer should have asked himself before giving Michael the power to decide life or death for Terri or for that matter legal guardianship of Terri

Terri Schiavo was severly brain damaged however, Terri was still a humanbeing that had a right to FOOD AND WATER. My God, at the very time Michael Schiavo was watering the grass in front of his house he was also dehydrating his wife. Now, you tell me was is wrong with this picture?

"Between 40 and 70 minutes elapsed before the call was made, and I am aware of no explanation for the delay," Bush wrote. "In light of this new information, I urge you to take a fresh look at this case without any preconceptions as to the outcome

I Feel Michael Schiavo got away with MURDER; and to make matters worse Michael got rich and Judge Greer got paid with BLOOD MONEY. Greer did not do his investigation of the Terri Schiavo case correctly; had he done so he would have seen the horrible abuse and neglect with which Terri suffered at the hands of Michael. TO FIND MORE ABOUT TERRI'S ABUSE AND NEGLECT TYPE IN THE WORDS (SAGA OF TERRI SCHIAVO)

To have Judge Greer impeach Type in the words (PETITION TO IMPEACH JUDGE GREER)

John Galt, You grow the FUCK UP. I don't like what you said about the Terri Schiavo case. Terri wasn't just some brain dead piece of meat; Terri was a beautifull humanbeing who was murdered.

As for you; FUCK YOU

if Michael Schiavo had not been beating her to the point were Terri had FRACTURED RIBS, DAMAGE TOHER PELVIC AREA, LI VERTEBRAA, SPINE, BOTH KNEES WERE BROKEN
AND BOTH ANKLES WERE ALSO BROKEN ACCORDING TO THE BONE SCAN.

JFTR, not that I wish to encourage Ms Woodward: this statement is quite untrue. The bone scan showed no such definite information, and the autopsy provided further confirmation of the lack of definite information. There is no evidence at all that Michael Schiavo ever abused Terri Schiavo.

Further, I feel that it is not significant if, thirteen years after the event, Mr Schiavo could not recall the exact time at which he had found his wife unconscious.

Ms Woodward, your comment at June 28, 2005 06:39 AM breaches the posting rules on several counts.

it is understandable how all of you would think that terri was a braindead "piece of meat" before she was in a vegetive state she was a hard working humanbeing just like you and i...but you have to think what got her in that vegetive state??? well from what a bone scan reveiled is that terri was stragulated and had almost every bone in her body broke at the hands of her so-called loving husband... i think it is wrong to sit there and call a human being a brain dead husk...
debbie,, the fact of the matter is you are just a heartless piece of cow manuer that the world wouldn't miss if you passed away... try stopping the ignorance and think about the **** that this women went through before they pulled the plug...
15 yrs ago she walked talked and loved like you and me..
she went through hell before the "vegetive state".. a beating so bad that it broke her spinal cord which in turn broke her back and little by little all the spinal fluid went to her brain...
how would you feel to know your husband had a secret life...? Terri found out about her husbands secret life and when she asked about it he beat her almost to death... michael had been seiing and still is another woman to whom he has two children... while terri was in a veget6ive state he asked this "other woman" to marry him telling her that when Terri was dead they would be able to get married... how do we know that once he marries this women he won't do the same to her?? a leopard never changes his spots... had judge greer looked at all the evidence as would a normal judge michael schiavo would be behind bars right now, being bubbas boyfriend and probably getting fu**ed by a broomstick... but then again i also think that greer and schiavo made a deal for money.. schiavo probably paied the judge off to only see his side plus greer was getting paid off $250 per lawyer and there were four lawyers.. so all in all the judge came out with like $1,000 dollars in blood money...
point being all of you that think that michael schiavo was correct or even so much feel "bad" for him need to read up on a lot of shit because michael schiavo waited 40 to 70 minutes to call the police after his wifes so- called "collapse"... and on another level how could we forget about the past when every day there are new enlightments in the terri schiavo case and obviously gov. bush feels the same way he said and i quote" there is something fishy about Terri schiavos case"


for all of you that agree with michael schiavo you all can go to hell because before her death on march 31, 2005 at 9:05 am.. it is alleged that there where irregular amounts of insulin being given to Terri...
common sense tells you that if you give somebody too much insulin their heart will stop...
this case needs to be reopened and looked at by a judge that isn't in it for blood money....
all of you that have something sarcastic to say to anyone that feels for Terri really need to wake up and smell the coffee.. this case is drenched with murder and greed plain and simple...
terri may be dead to this world but she is now in heaven with our almighty god walking, tallking and literally flying on clouds in our lords wonderful hands

god bless this country and all the ones that live like terri did...

esto es para hugo tu poema era lindo y te agradesco por poner un poema en nombre de la que ya ha muerto...Terri
Terri era una criatura bella y alguien no era a gusto hasta que era muerta.. que se hodan ahora ella vive en los brazos del senor y vive en su casa feliz sin sufrir, sin miedo, y con mucho amor que ella no tuve aqui del mundo...
muchas gracias por tu poema era bien bello
mi nombre es jennifer era una placer leer tu poema

Aside the "Political" points scored, there is a primal reason for generating smoke. That is the uncomfortable need to answer a child's question such as "When did she go to heaven?" Was it 15 years ago or a couple months ago as the two halves of her brain died? Sweeping the question under the carpet with "We don't know God's ways" simply discourages thinking. The logical answer is that heaven is a figment of wishful thinking. Wishful thinking is pretty common, from the delightful, to the harmful and to the tragic. Examples of each that come to mind are the magical appearance of gifts under the tree, gambling with grocery money, and seeking an "exalted place" in heaven, aka suicide bombing.

Perhaps we will realize we are more caring for our pets than we are for humans. I have taken three loved ones to a vet when everything else no longer worked. It was quick and like going to sleep, for them.

Gene

Uh, Edward? Hilzoy? Seb? Von? You guys going to let this kind of character assassination, accusations of criminal activity, and suchlike, continue, or . . . ?

This Comment is to Michael Schiavo and Judge Greer; I hope and pray the very day you need assistence from the paramedics to save your life; the person calling 911 takes an hour and ten minutes to call; and when both of die hopefully someone will SHIT AND PISS ON YOUR FUCKEN GRAVE!!!!!!!

To have Judge Greer impeached Type in the words (PETITION TO IMPEACH JUDGE GREER)

Phil: Uh, Edward? Hilzoy? Seb? Von? You guys going to let this kind of character assassination, accusations of criminal activity, and suchlike, continue, or . . . ?

Gotta admit, there are two problems here.

One is that Ms Woodward's accusations against Michael Schiavo or Judge Greer are quite unfactual - drifting off into fantasy land. There is no point, I suspect, in directing her to sites where she can get factual information, since I think she has already decided to ignore them. However, there is nothing in the posting rules that says you can't post absurd nonsense, already proved untrue.

Two: her tone and choice of words are not raising the level of debate, nor inclining me to debate with her.

This is utterly bizarre.

First: Ms. Woodward, you've been banned.

Second: I take that Ms. Woodward is attempting to espouse, albeit in extremely profane and (frankly) stupid terms, the position that Terri Schiavo should not have been allowed to die of starvation. That position is welcome this blog, and Ms. Woodward is not being banned for it. Rather, she is being banned for her profanity and stupidity -- the means by which she has chosen to express her (purported) beliefs, not the beliefs themselves.

washingtonpost.com
Probe Sought in Terri Schiavo 911 Call

By JACKIE HALLIFAX
The Associated Press
Friday, June 17, 2005; 7:53 PM

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Gov. Jeb Bush said Friday that a prosecutor has agreed to investigate why Terri Schiavo collapsed 15 years ago, citing an alleged time gap between when her husband found her and when he called 911.

Bush said his request for the probe was not meant to suggest wrongdoing by Michael Schiavo. "It's a significant question that during this ordeal was never brought up," Bush told reporters.

In a statement issued by his lawyer, Schiavo called the development an outrage.

"I have consistently said over the years that I didn't wait but 'ran' to call 911 after Terri collapsed," Schiavo said in the release.

In a letter faxed to Pinellas-Pasco County State Attorney Bernie McCabe, the governor said Michael Schiavo testified in a 1992 medical malpractice trial that he found his wife collapsed at 5 a.m. on Feb. 25, 1990, and he said in a 2003 television interview that he found her about 4:30 a.m. He called 911 at 5:40 a.m.

"Between 40 and 70 minutes elapsed before the call was made, and I am aware of no explanation for the delay," Bush wrote. "In light of this new information, I urge you to take a fresh look at this case without any preconceptions as to the outcome."

McCabe was out of state Friday and couldn't immediately be reached for comment, but Bush said McCabe has agreed to his request.

On Wednesday, Michael Schiavo's attorney, George Felos, said his client didn't wait to call for help and has conceded that he confuses dates and times. He has said that if Michael Schiavo had not called 911 immediately, as Bush and others allege, Terri Schiavo would have died that day.

"There is no hour gap or other gap to the point Michael heard Terri fall and called 911," Felos said. "We've seen the baseless allegations in this case fall by the wayside one by one ... That's what I would call it, a baseless claim to perpetuate a controversy that in fact doesn't exist."

Terri Schiavo died March 31 from dehydration after her feeding tube was disconnected at her husband's request, despite years of efforts by her parents, Bush and others to keep her alive.

The governor's request followed the release Wednesday of an autopsy supporting Michael Schiavo's contention that his wife had been in a persistent vegetative state. The autopsy revealed no evidence that she was strangled or otherwise abused before she collapsed.

It left unanswered the question of why Terri Schiavo's heart stopped, cutting oxygen off from her brain. The autopsy showed she suffered irreversible brain damage and her brain had shrunk to half the normal size for her age.

Bobby Schindler, Schiavo's brother, said Friday his family believes more questions were raised than answered by the autopsy report and that a new legal review is appropriate.

"Anything that can shed some light on the cause of Terri's collapse is going to be welcomed by our family," he said from Bloomington, Minn., where the family is speaking at an anti-abortion convention.

But the request was immediately criticized by some lawmakers.

"Enough is enough," said Democratic Sen. Ron Klein. "I don't want to see it on TV any more, I don't want to hear politicians talk about it. Let her be at peace."

Bush acknowledged in his letter that an investigation may be difficult.

"I understand that these events took place many years ago, and that you may not be able to collect all the relevant records and physical evidence. However, Mrs. Schiavo's family deserves to know anything that can be done to determine the cause and circumstances of her collapse 15 years ago," Bush wrote. "The unanswered questions may be unanswerable, but the attempt should be made."

PS: How is that for actual factual facts (JESURGISLAC)
If 4:30 to 5:40 is not an hour and ten minutes than I don't know what is. Learn how to tell the time STUPIT.

State-Funded Agency to Probe Claim of Spousal Abuse in Terri Schiavo Case

Bone scan and injuries indicate severe trauma and strangulation

TAMPA BAY, October 27, 2003 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Florida State Advocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities, has decided to launch an investigation into the spousal abuse claims of the parents of Terri Schiavo. The severely disabled Florida woman whose life was spared by an executive order by Governor Jeb Bush to halt her court-ordered starvation, has, according to experts, sustained injuries consistent with abuse.

Michael Schiavo, Terri's estranged husband, who has been in a long-fought court battle with Terri's parents to end her life, fuelled suspicions of abuse when he sought and was granted a court order that Terri's remains would be cremated immediately following her death. Terri's parents, the Schindlers, were requesting an autopsy.

Other factors pointing to abuse include:

- Testimony of nurses who looked after Terri indicated that Michael was verbally abusive to Terri and may have attempted to kill her by insulin injection and attempts to induce pneumonia by turning the thermostat in her room to 64 degrees.

- Michael Baden, one of the most acclaimed forensic experts in North America, in an interview on Fox News National Television broadcast Saturday said Terri's bone scan indicates that Terri's injuries are not consistent with the suggested explanation of a heart attack or potassium imbalance. He said they are consistent with severe trauma possibly caused by a beating and would warrant an immediate investigation.

- Dr. William Hammesfahr, Nobel prize nominee and neurologist, testified that Terri's neck injuries are consistent with only one type of injury: that of strangulation.

Commenting on the case, Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition said, "It would come as no surprise to me that she had been abused previous to her disability, knowing that since1993 she has received continuous abuse by being denied basic medical care, visitation of loved ones, religious visits, and any form of rehabilitation."

Schadenberg warned however that the practice of euthanasia by withdrawal of nutrition and hydration from people who are not otherwise dying is common both in the United States and Canada. He pointed out that the argumentation around the case is not addressing the central point that nutrition and hydration should not be considered medical treatment. He noted that a 1990 U.S. Supreme Court decision wrongly allowed nutrition and hydration to be considered medical treatment.

In response to the six-day denial of food and fluids to Terri Schindler-Schiavo, the National Right to Life Committee is calling on state legislatures throughout the nation to move to protect people with disabilities from being denied food and fluids. The organization has issued a "Model Starvation and Dehydration of Persons with Disabilities Prevention Act."

See the NRLC model legislation for States:
http://www.nrlc.org/euthanasia/modelstatelaw.html

Terri's supporters have also asked pro-lifers to encourage AARP to intervene to save Terri's life and not against it: [email protected]

See also
Media 'getting it wrong' on Terri Schiavo story
Press erroneously report she's 'comatose,' doctors also dispute vegetative-state ruling

** People who are aware of the truth are calling in to radio and television stations insisting that they correct the misinformation. For example, Toronto News radio station 680 was reporting last week that Shiavo was in a persistive vegetative state. LifeSite called to say that that was not correct. The news room immediately acknowledged the error and corrected it. This would not have happened had no one called.
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=35270

http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2003/oct/03102701.html

This is for everyone that thinks Terri Schiavo suffered no abuse at the hands of Michael.

Von: I take that Ms. Woodward is attempting to espouse, albeit in extremely profane and (frankly) stupid terms, the position that Terri Schiavo should not have been allowed to die of starvation.

No: Ms Woodward is attempting to espouse the frankly stupid theory that Michael Schiavo murdered his wife, and there was then a massive legal conspiracy to cover up this.

By the way, I thought she'd been banned? She's back.

I banned her after that one.

hello i have noticed that all of you have been sarcastic with mrs. woodward..
i myself believe that mrs. woodward would have good reason to feel the way she does for the simple fact that if you go to the websites and hear the stuff that she heard including the fact that there are nurses that took care of Terri stated that mr. schiavo always told the nurses to leave and also her family and there after they found obscence amounts of insulin injections were the nurses had no explanation for them and also 5 unexplainable needle marks on her arm..
and all the people that say that the time frame is ludacris are mistaken in my belief for the simple fact that jeb bush feels the same way as Mrs. Woodward does...
now, people just think jeb bush the governor of florida is getting an investigation going for the simple reason that mr schiavo who everybody thinks is mr perfect in this case waited an hour and 10 min. to call 911 after the collapse of his wife as stated in his malpractice lawsuit hearing.. his wife collapsed at 4:30 and schiavo didn't make that important phone call until 5:40 there is proof of that on websites.. he (mr. schiavo ) stated two different times at two different hearings..
point being that too much time lapsed in between the collapse and the 911 call...
i feel that all of you should go back and read up on the facts before you get sarcastic with the proof that mrs. woodward posts on this blog... with all honesty i do see why you would think that mr. schiavo is innocent , but the proof at hand is in the pudding ..
now i know that i'm going to get sarcastic remarks for this posting but i am not trying to be mean or disagreeable about your beliefs.. just hear me out and go to the important missing pieces that obviously none of you have heard for Terri's case... i apologize for any inconvience on my part but i just think that all of you need to get more informed before any sarcastic, unnecessary remarks toward mrs. woodward...
on that level please don't ban mrs. woodward for speaking her beliefs in this case for the simple fact that we all have our own beliefs on the Terri schiavo case..
and if i'm not mistaken somebody in this blog referred to terri as a "piece of meat" stating he was tired of hearing about the case and told all of us to grow the **** up...
i think you all are being alittle hypocritical in the profanity statement because this gentleman used profanity and my question is >why isn't he banned for the use of provacitive words ....
in my own opinion Terri WAS NOT a "piece of meat" or a dead beat husk as debbie stated.
she was a human being problems or no problems and anyone that downs her for that have to live in her shoes to know the torment that this poor soul went through...
there are people dying of all types of things and these people have a chance to recuperate..
Terri wasn't given that option..
her option was ripped away from her at the blink of an eye and all you have to say is that this is what she would have wanted.. bullcrap
in all reality we as the onlookers of this case in all reality DO NOT know what her real wants were..
i strongly believe that she wanted too live and the only people to know the real truth are mr. schiavo and god almighty..
every thing you do to somebody comes back at you ten fold so if mr. schiavo really did plot to kill his wife very soon his life will fall apart and we will all be witnesses to this..
you and i arenot promised tomorrow so why do we live fighting like children.. we all need to stick together no matter if a statement to you is false or true.. this blog is open to the public and all their beliefs, fact or false..
so the only thing i have left to say is let's all stop being sarcastic and let's try to be more understanding of not only people's thoughts , but their feelings asd well..
to call someone stupid is unnecessary and uncalled for especially when their beliefs ring true... i'm not trying to take anyone's side in this matter just saying how i feel about your actions as humanbeings...
we all have minds of our own, beliefs of our own and last but not least, lives of our own...
it would be wrong for me to put you down for your beliefs so don't do it too others
thanks a million
jennifer

Wow, the email address for "JENNIFER ROBERTS" is "[email protected]" I wonder if . . . no, no, it couldn't be, the thought is just too strange . . . but, perhaps . . . could she be a sock puppet? No! I won't let myself entertain such silly thoughts!!

It is nice to see, though, that pop culture has had such an impact that someone thinks that "Ludacris" is the correct spelling of "ludicrous."

*sigh*

I don't care about Michael Schiavo. I care about congressional overreach. This was clearly a case of the Federal Government overstepping its boundaries, and clearly a case of people engaging in the "media circus" method of settling disputes. Neither is something any decent conservative should have any truck with, and it's a shame that the Republican party has so thoroughly sold its soul to the splinter of American society which places wild, shouting rhetoric over calm, considered discussion at the lowest practicable level of government interference.

Burke would be spinning in his grave.

every thing you do to somebody comes back at you ten fold so if mr. schiavo really did plot to kill his wife very soon his life will fall apart and we will all be witnesses to this..

And if Mr. Schiavo's life does not completely fall apart in the next few weeks, can we take it that maybe God almighty doesn't think he "plotted" to kill his wife? Or maybe that in fact what Mr. Schiavo did was God's will?

This would seem to be a comment thread that might deserve closing down.

CharleyCarp

God almighty is a mercful god; he would not have wanted Terri to die an such a painful way.

Death by starvation and dehydration is a horrible way to die. (HER IS THE PROOF)

The study drew a distinction between MCS and Persistent Vegetative State (PVS), but the distinction is not a reliable one. In a New York Times article, Dr. Joseph Fins mentioned research indicating a 30% misdiagnosis rate of PVS, indicating that nearly a third of persons diagnosed in PVS are actually in "minimally conscious state." Fins is chief of the medical ethics division of New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Even with this technology, there will probably still be mistakes. But at least it will be the first step in reducing the number of conscious people dying from hunger and thirst in hospitals and nursing homes, aware of every minute and unable to cry out that they are awake Dr. David Stevens, who says most so-called experts have never seen someone die under such circumstances.
"Unfortunately, having worked for 13 years in Africa, where the most common cause of death in children is dehydration from gastroenteritis, I have seen hundreds if not thousands of patients with dehydration and some of them so far gone, that despite resuscitation attempts, they died."

Stevens, who represents a group of 17,000 physicians, explained what happens with starvation:

As dehydration begins, there is extreme thirst, dry mouth and thick saliva. The patient becomes dizzy, faint and unable to stand or sit; has severe cramping in the arms and legs as the sodium and potassium concentrations in the body goes up as fluids go down. In misery, the patient tries to cry but there are no tears. The patient experiences severe abdominal cramps, nausea and dry-heaving as the stomach and intestines dry out.

By now the skin and lips are cracking and the tongue is swollen. The nose may bleed as the mucous membranes dry out and break down. The skin loses elasticity, thins and wrinkles. The hands and feet become cold as the remaining fluids in the circulatory system are shunted to the vital organs in an attempt to stay alive. The person stops urinating and has severe headaches as their brain shrinks from lack of fluids. The patient becomes anxious but then gets progressively more lethargic.

Some patients have hallucinations and seizures as their body chemistry becomes even more imbalanced. This proceeds to coma before death occrs. The final event as the blood pressure becomes almost undetectable is a major heart arrhythmia that stops the heart from pumping.

Even, if it was Terri's time to die; GOD ALMIGHTY would not have wanted Terri to die the way in which she did.

To find out more about Terri; and what she went through and also the bone scan go to (THE SAGA OF TERRI SCHIAVO)

To impeach Judge Greer type the words (PETITION TO IMPEACH JUDGE GREER)


Um,


aren't you banned or something?

This would seem to be a comment thread that might deserve closing down.

Seconded.

This would seem to be a comment thread that might deserve closing down.

Seconded.

This would seem to be a comment thread that might deserve closing down.

Seconded.

But unfortunately, TypePad is not letting me do anything besides post and comment. And even the posts are odd: it sends me an error message, yet they appear. So alas, no closing.

Well, I'm reminded to write more notes about what kind of state I'd not be willing to live in and about who I'd like to make decisions for me. I'll get those notorized tomorrow. Not such a bad thing.

Maybe when Typepad calms down you'll be able to close this thread.

Well, I'm reminded to write more notes about what kind of state I'd not be willing to live in and about who I'd like to make decisions for me. I'll get those notorized tomorrow. [Or rather on Tuesday, when things open back up.] Not such a bad thing.

Maybe when Typepad calms down you'll be able to close this thread.

Matttbastard

The statement I Made on July 2, 2005 was not disrespectfull, but it is the truth.

In this country people should be allowed to speak truthfully without being banned.

I agree, Catherine, as long as you're doing the speaking over on your own blog. Then you can feel free to agree with yourself using all manner of sockpuppets.

hi my name IS jennifer roberts and i don't feel that it is right for you all to be dogging mrs.woodwards statements..
there is no sockpuppets in this blog or maybe there is the critisizing ones that won't take a minute to look at the facts before putting someones true feelings down...
if your so quick to think that catherine is wrong why don't you stop your reteric blabbing and look into the case of Terri Schiavo at the site called saga of terri schiavo...
you'll soon be sticking your own foot in your mouths...
i believe on whatever blog that all persons have a right to speak they're opinion without the whole blog downing thery're beliefs...
in some aspects this is a free country and we have a right to enter whatever blog we want to whether you like it or not..
stop being a bunch of hypocrits and start listening to what people have to say because just maybe they are right about what they are talking about.. we need to be more understanding of peoples feelings.. cuz' in one way or another we are all hypocrits in some forms ...
we already have enough war going on let's not have a war of the machines, too..
these blogs are meant for your opinions including catherine's and mine so whatever you don't like who cares some of us agree with mrs. woodward and some of us don't, afterall this IS an opinion poll where all opinions are welcome...
stop the hatred already this is nuts...
question being
"can't we all just get along" to quote rodney king

hi my name IS jennifer roberts

But your e-mail address is [email protected]

and i don't feel that it is right for you all to be dogging mrs.woodwards statements.

Her e-mail address is [email protected]

I hate to be picky. Perhaps Ms Roberts and Ms Woodward live in Massachussets and are a married couple sharing an e-mail address.

Hope Typepad will let you close this thread down soon, Hilzoy.

Ms. Woodward/Roberts, blogs
aren't actually public opinion polls. This here blog is operated and maintained by a group of people who pay bandwidth fees and retain the right to boot inappropriate commentors off threads as they see fit. (Did you notice the posting rules or the banning policy?)

Jesurgislac
For your information Jennifer I are friends and she live in the next house from me.

Jackmormon
If speaking the truth make me an inappropriate commentors then I Guss I keep being inappropriate commmentors/person.

As for this blog I don't care to be on a blog that doen't respect the truth.

Terri's parents cry out for justice, and if in some small way I can help by getting people to sigh the petition to have Judge Greer removed from his job I will do so.

Hilzoy: But unfortunately, TypePad is not letting me do anything besides post and comment. And even the posts are odd: it sends me an error message, yet they appear. So alas, no closing.

Am sacrificing small furry animals to TypePad. HTH. HAND.

Catherine Woodward: For your information Jennifer I are friends and she live in the next house from me.

I'm sure your explanation for why she is using your name in her email address will be as compelling as your as-of-yet-unarticulated explanation for how Terri was really kept from standing or sitting up by the dehydration rather than by the fact that significant portions of her brain were liquified rendering her incapable of doing either of those things for over a decade prior.

Here are affidavits of three former nurses / caretakers of Terri Schiavo, relating their horror at the abusive treatment and lack of treatment regarding Terri's care.

NO RESUSCITATION (if needed);

NO ANTIBIOTICS FOR URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS!

NO REHABILITATION OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING RANGE OF MOTION AND STIMULATION!

NEVER ALLOWED TO LEAVE HER ROOM FOR FRESH AIR AND SUNSHINE!

APPARENT INSULIN REACTIONS AFTER MICHAEL'S VISITS (she is not diabetic)!

MORE! and MORE! and MORE!, all under the ORDERS OF MICHAEL SCHIAVO, the husband who convinced a jury that their large award would allow him to take her home and care for her for the rest of his life. His 'fiance' with whom he's lived for seven years is expecting their second child.

He was heard on a news broadcast saying Terri has received rehabilitation therapy for 13 years. He's received death threats and has temporarily moved from his present address. I wonder if Michael Schiavo will be able to sleep again? Or leave his home without a body guard? If something happened to him, who would get what's left of Terri's medical fund? His new wife? or the STATE? Doubtful he'll ever really feel safe or comfortable again, wondering. . .

Terri is bathed in the Light of God, the Love of God, the Presence of God, and the Protection of God. Hold her in your mind and heart; in your Love. -- Jackie -- Saturday, October 18th, 2003

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http://www.terrisfight.org/Framesets/RecentFrame.htm

CARLA SAUER IYER, R.N.

AFFIDAVIT

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STATE OF FLORIDA )

COUNTY OF PINELLAS )

BEFORE ME the undersigned authority personally appeared CARLA SAUER IYER, R.N., who being first duly sworn, deposes and says:

1. My name is Carla Sauer Iyer. I am over the age of eighteen and make this statement of my own personal knowledge.

2. I am a registered nurse in the State of Florida, having been licensed continuously in Florida from 1997 to the present. Prior to that I was a Licensed Practical Nurse for about four years.

3. I was employed at Palm Garden of Largo Convalescent Center in Largo, Florida from April 1995 to July 1996, while Terri Schiavo was a patient there.

4. It was clear to me at Palm Gardens that all decisions regarding Terri Schiavo were made by Michael Schiavo, with no allowance made for any discussion, debate or normal professional judgment. My initial training there consisted solely of the instruction "Do what Michael Schiavo tells you or you will be terminated." This struck me as extremely odd.

5. I was very disturbed by the decision making protocol, as no allowance whatsoever was made for professional responsibility. The atmosphere throughout the facility was dominated by Mr. Schiavo's intimidation. Everyone there, with the exception of several people who seemed to be close to Michael, was intimidated by him.

Michael Schiavo always had an overbearing attitude, yelling numerous times such things as "This is my order and you're going to follow it." He is very large and uses menacing body language, such as standing too close to you, getting right in your face and practically shouting.

6. To the best of my recollection, rehabilitation had been ordered for Terri, but I never saw any being done or had any reason at all to believe that there was ever any rehab of Terri done at Palm Gardens while I was there. I became concerned because Michael wanted nothing done for Terri at all, no antibiotics, no tests, no range of motion therapy, no stimulation, no nothing.

Michael said again and again that Terri should NOT get any rehab, that there should be no range of motion whatsoever, or anything else. I and a CNA named Roxy would give Terri range of motion anyway. One time I put a wash cloth in Terri's hand to keep her fingers from curling together, and Michael saw it and made me take it out, saying that was therapy.

7. Terri's medical condition was systematically distorted and misrepresented by Michael. When I worked with her, she was alert and oriented. Terri spoke on a regular basis while in my presence, saying such things as "mommy," and "help me." "Help me" was, in fact, one of her most frequent utterances. I heard her say it hundreds of times. Terri would try to say the word "pain" when she was in discomfort, but it came out more like "pay." She didn't say the "n" sound very well. During her menses she would indicate her discomfort by saying "pay" and moving her arms toward her lower abdominal area. Other ways that she would indicate that she was in pain included pursing her lips, grimacing, thrashing in bed, curling her toes or moving her legs around. She would let you know when she had a bowel movement by flipping up the covers and pulling on her diaper and scooted in bed on her bottom.

8. When I came into her room and said "Hi, Terri", she would always recognize my voice and her name, and would turn her head all the way toward me, saying "Haaaiiiii" sort of, as she did. I recognized this as a "hi", which is very close to what it sounded like, the whole sound being only a second or two long. When I told her humrous stories about my life or something I read in the paper, Terri would chuckle, sometimes more a giggle or laugh. She would move her whole body, upper and lower. Her legs would sometimes be off the bed, and need to be repositioned. I made numerous entries into the nursing notes in her chart, stating verbatim what she said and her various behaviors, but by my next on-duty shift, the notes would be deleted from her chart.

Every time I made a positive entry about any responsiveness of Terri's, someone would remove it after my shift ended. Michael always demanded to see her chart as soon as he arrived, and would take it in her room with him. I documented Terri's rehab potential well, writing whole pages about Terri's responsiveness, but they would always be deleted by the next time I saw her chart. The reason I wrote so much was that everybody else seemed to be afraid to make positive entries for fear of their jobs, but I felt very strongly that a nurses job was to accurately record everything we see and hear that bears on a patients condition and their family. I upheld the Nurses Practice Act, and if it cost me my job, I was willing to accept that.

9. Throughout my time at Palm Gardens, Michael Schiavo was focused on Terri's death. Michael would say "When is she going to die?," "Has she died yet?" and "When is that bitch gonna die?" These statements were common knowledge at Palm Gardens, as he would make them casually in passing, without regard even for who he was talking to, as long as it was a staff member.

Other statements which I recall him making include "Can't anything be done to accelerate her death - won't she ever die?" When she wouldn't die, Michael would be furious. Michael was also adamant that the family should not be given information. He made numerous statements such as "Make sure the parents aren't contacted." I recorded Michael's statements word for word in Terri's chart, but these entries were also deleted after the end of my shift.

Standing orders were that the family wasn't to be contacted, in fact, there was a large sign in the front of her chart that said under no circumstances was her family to be called, call Michael immediately, but I would call them, anyway, because I thought they should know about their daughter.

10. Any time Terri would be sick, like with a UTI [urinary tract infection]or fluid buildup in her lungs, colds, or pneumonia, Michael would be visibly excited, thrilled even, hoping that she would die. He would say something like, "Hallelujah! You've made my day!" He would call me, as I was the nurse supervisor on the floor, and ask for every little detail about her temperature, blood pressure, etc., and would call back frequently asking if she was dead yet. He would blurt out "I'm going to be rich!" and would talk about all the things he would buy when Terri died, which included a new car, a new boat, and going to Europe, among other things.

11. When Michael visited Terri, he always came alone and always had the door closed and locked while he was with Terri. He would typically be there about twenty minutes or so. When he left Terri would be trembling, crying hysterically, and would be very pale and have cold sweats. It looked to me like Terri was having a hypoglycemic reaction, so I'd check her blood sugar. The glucometer reading would be so low it was below the range where it would register an actual number reading. I would put dextrose in Terri's mouth to counteract it.

This happened about five times on my shift, as I recall. Normally Terri's blood sugar levels were very stable due to the uniformity of her diet through tube feeding. It is medically possible that Michael injected Terri with Regular insulin, which is very fast acting, but I don't have any way of knowing for sure.

12. The longer I was employed at Palm Gardens the more concerned I became about patient care, both relating to Terri Schiavo, for the reasons I've said, and other patients, too.

There was an LPN named Carolyn Adams, known as "Andy" Adams who was a particular concern. An unusual number of patients seemed to die on her shift, but she was completely unconcerned, making statements such as "They are old - let them die." I couldn't believe her attitude or the fact that it didn't seem to attract any attention.

She made many comments about Terri being a waste of money, that she should die. She said it was costing Michael a lot of money to keep her alive, and that he complained about it constantly (I heard him complain about it all the time, too.)

Both Michael and Adams said that she would be worth more to him if she were dead. I ultimately called the police relative to this situation, and was terminated the next day. Other reasons were cited, but I was convinced it was because of my "rocking the boat."

13. Ms. Adams was one of the people who did not seem to be intimidated by Michael. In fact, they seemed to be very close, and Adams would do whatever Michael told her. Michael sometimes called Adams at night and spoke at length. I was not able to hear the content of these phone calls, but I knew it was him talking to her because she would tell me afterward and relay orders from him.

14. I have contacted the Schindler family because I just couldn't stand by and let Terri die without the truth being known.

FURTHER AFFIANT SAYETH NAUGHT.

CARLA SAUER IYER, R.N.

The foregoing instrument was acknowledged before me this 29 day of August, 2003, by CARLA SAUER IYER, R.N., who produced her Florida's driver's license as identification, and who did take an oath.

Notary Public

My commission expires

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CAROLYN JOHNSON, CNA

STATE OF FLORIDA

COUNTY OF PINELLAS

AFFIDAVIT

_________

BEFORE ME the undersigned authority personally appeared CAROLYN JOHNSON who being first duly sworn deposes and says:

1. My name is Carolyn Johnson, I am over the age of 18 years and make this statement on personal information.

2. I used to work at Sabal Palms nursing home in Largo, for a period of about two years. I actually was employed by a nursing agency and was placed at Sabal Palms as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). I believe the events related here occurred in about 1993.

3. During this assignment I took care of Terri Schiavo several times. The first time I saw her my duties were being explained to me by the nurse on duty. Terri Schiavo was lying in bed. Another patient, also a young woman about the same age and in the same condition, was sitting up in a chair, with a drink cup and straw in front of her.

4. I asked why Terri was not up in a chair, too. I learned, as part of my training, that there was a family dispute and that the husband, as guardian, wanted no rehabilitation for Terri. This surprised me, as I did not think a guardian could go against a doctor's orders like that, but I was assured that a guardian could and that this guardian had gone against Terri's doctor's orders.

5. No one was allowed to just go in and see Terri. Michael had a visitors list. We all knew that we would lose our jobs if we did not do exactly what Michael said to do.

6. I remember seeing Michael Schiavo only once the entire time I worked at Sabal Palms, but we were all aware that Terri was not to be given any kind of rehabilitative help, per his instructions. Once, I wanted to put a cloth in Terri's hand to keep her hand from closing in on itself, but I was not permitted to do this, as Michael Schiavo considered that to be a form of rehabilitation.

7. This entire experience made me look hard at nursing homes. After about two years, I quit this job, because I was so disillusioned with the way Terri was treated. Someone somewhere along the way should have reported this.

FURTHER AFFIANT SAYETH NAUGHT.

Carolyn Johnson, Affiant

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 28 day of August, 2003, by Carolyn Johnson who produced a Florida drivers license as identification.

Notary Public

My commission expires

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HEIDI LAW, CNA

AFFIDAVIT

_________

STATE OF FLORIDA

COUNTY OF PINELLAS

BEFORE ME the undersigned authority personally appeared HEIDI LAW who

being first duly sworn deposes and says:

1. My name is Heidi Law, I am over the age of 18 years, and make this statement on personal information.

2. I worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant at the Palm Gardens nursing home from March, 1997 to mid-summer of 1997. While I was employed at Palm Gardens, occasionally I took care of Theresa Schiavo. Generally, I worked the 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. shift, but occasionally also would work a double shift, until 7 a.m. the following morning.

3. At Palm Gardens, most of the patient care was provided by the CNAs, so I was in a good position to judge Terri's condition and observe her reactions. Terri was noticeable, because she was the youngest patient at Palm Gardens.

4. I know that Terri did not receive routine physical therapy or any other kind of therapy. I was personally aware of orders for rehabilitation that were not being carried out. Even though they were ordered, Michael would stop them. Michael ordered that Terri receive no rehabilitation or range of motion therapy. I and Olga would give Terri range of motion anyway, but we knew we were endangering our jobs by doing so. We usually did this behind closed doors, we were so fearful of being caught. Our hearts would race and we were always looking out for Michael, because we knew that, not only would Michael take his anger out on us, but he would take it out more on Terri. We spoke of this many times.

5. Terri had very definite likes and dislikes. Olga and I used to call Terri "Fancy Pants," because she was so particular about certain things. She just adored her baths, and was so happy afterward when she was all clean, smelling sweet from the lotion her mother provided, and wearing the soft nightgowns her mother laundered for her. Terri definitely did not like the taste of the teeth-cleaning swabs or the mouthwash we used. She liked to have her hair combed. She did not like being tucked in, and especially hated it if her legs were tightly tucked. You would always tell when Terri had a bowel movement, as she seem agitated and would sort of "scoot" to get away from it.

6. Every day, Terri was gotten up after lunch and sat in a chair all afternoon. When Terri was in bed, she very much preferred to lie on her right side and look out the window. We always said that she was watching for her mother. It was very obvious that her mother was her favorite person in the whole world.

7. I worked side-by-side with another CNA named Olga and could tell that she and Terri were especially close. Olga took a definite personal interest in Terri, and Terri responded to her. I could tell that Terri was very satisfied and happy with Olga's attentions to her.

8. When Olga was talking with Terri, Terri would follow Olga with her eyes. I have no doubt in my mind that Terri understood what Olga was saying to her. I could tell a definite difference between the way Terri responded to Olga and the way she reacted to me, until she got used to my taking care of her. Initially, she "clammed up" with me, the way she would with anyone she did not know or was not familiar or comfortable with. It took about the fourth or fifth time taking care of her alone, without Olga, that Terri became relaxed and cooperative and non-resistant with me.

9. Terri reacted very well to seeing a picture of her mother, which was in her room. Many times when I came on duty it would be lying face down where she could not see it.

10. At least three times during any shift where I took care of Terri, I made sure to give Terri a wet washcloth filled with ice chips, to keep her mouth moistened. I personally saw her swallow the ice water and never saw her gag. Olga and I frequently put orange juice or apple juice in her washcloth to give her something nice to taste, which made her happy. On three or four occasions I personally fed Terri small mouthfuls of Jello, which she was able to swallow and enjoyed immensely. I did not do it more often only because I was so afraid of being caught by Michael.

11. On one occasion Michael Schiavo arrived with his girlfriend, and they entered Terri's room together. I heard Michael tell his girlfriend that Terri was in a persistent vegetative state and was dying. After they left, Olga told me that Terri was extremely agitated and upset, and wouldn't react to anyone. When she was upset, which was usually the case after Michael was there, she would withdraw for hours. We were convinced that he was abusing her, and probably saying cruel, terrible things to her because she would be so upset when he left.

12. In the past, I have taken care of comatose patients, including those in a persistent vegetative state. While it is true that those patients will flinch or make sounds occasionally, they don't do it as a reaction to someone on a constant basis who is taking care of them, the way I saw Terri do.

13. I witnessed a priest visiting Terri a couple of times. Terri would become quiet when he prayed with her. She couldn't bow her head because of her stiff neck, but she would still try. During the prayer, she would keep her eyes closed, opening them afterward. She laughed at jokes he told her. I definitely know that Terri "is in there."

14. The Palm Gardens staff, myself included, were just amazed that a "Do Not Resuscitate" order had been put on Terri's chart, considering her age and her obvious cognitive awareness of her surroundings.

15. During the time I cared for Terri, she formed words. I have heard her say "mommy" from time to time, and "momma," and she also said "help me" a number of times. She would frequently make noises like she was trying to talk. Other staff members talked about her verbalizations.

16. Several times when Michael visited Terri during my shift, he went into her room alone and closed the door. This worried me because I didn't trust Michael. When he left, Terri was very agitated, was extremely tense with tightened fists and some times had a cold sweat. She was much less responsive than usual and would just stare out the window, her eyes kind of glassy. It would take much more time and effort than usual to work her hands open to clean her palms.

17. I was told by supervisory staff that Michael was Terri's legal guardian, and that it didn't matter what the parents or the doctors or nurses wanted, just do what Michael told you to do or you will lose your job. Michael would override the orders of the doctors and nurses to make sure Terri got no treatment. Among the things that Terri was deprived of by Michael's orders were any kind of testing, dental care or stimulation.

I was ordered by my supervisors to limit my time with Terri. I recall telling my supervisor that Terri seemed abnormally warm to the touch. I was told to pull her covers down, rather than to take her temperature.

As far as I know, Terri never left her room. The only stimulation she had was looking out the window and watching things, and the radio, which Michael insisted be left on one particular station. She had a television, and there was a sign below it saying not to change the channel. This was because of Michael's orders.

18. As a CNA, I wanted every piece of information I could get about my patients. I never had access to medical records as a CNA, but it was part of my job duties to write my observations down on sheets of paper, which I turned over to the nurse at the nurses station for inclusion in the patients charts. In the case of Terri Schiavo, I felt that my notes were thrown out without even being read. There were trash cans at the nurses stations that we were supposed to empty each shift, and I often saw the notes in them. I made extensive notes and listed all of Terri's behaviors, but there was never any apparent follow up consistent with her responsiveness.

19. I discussed this situation with other personnel at Palm Gardens, particularly with Olga, and another CNA, an older black man named Ewan Morris. We all discussed the fact that we could be fired for reporting that Terri was responsive, and especially for giving her treatment. The advice among the staff was "don't do nothin', don't see nothin' and don't say nothin'." It was particularly distressing that we always had to be afraid that if Michael got upset, he would take his anger out on Terri.

20. I recall an incident when Olga became very upset because Terri started to get a sore spot, because it might lead to a bedsore. Michael was told about it but didn't seem to care. he didn't complain about it at all, in fact, saying "she doesn't know the difference." When Terri would get a UTI or was sick, Michael's mood would improve.

FURTHER AFFIANT SAYETH NAUGHT.

Heidi Law, Affiant

STATE OF FLORIDA

COUNTY OF PINELLAS

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 30th day of August, 2003, by HEIDI LAW, who produced a Florida Driver's License as identification.

Notary Public

My Commission expires:


Catherine Woodward: Because our server is having problems, I can't go in and either close comments or ban your new IP addresses. (The banning was not for disagreeing with anyone -- we always disagree amongst ourselves -- but for incivility and profanity, which violate the posting rules.

Having already been banned, the decent thing would be to take your tirades somewhere else. Start your own weblog. Waste other people's bandwidth by posting hugely long excerpts when a mere link would do. Most of us are already quite familiar with the affadavits and other documents on this case, and your pasting them adds nothing.

If you're not interested in doing the decent thing, though, I suppose there's nothing to do but wait until Typepad fixes itself, and we can do for you what, apparently, you lack either the politeness or the self-control to do for yourself.

all of you are a bunch of freakin' assholes with your smart comments and your oh,i know it all bullshit.. catherine is talking from facts not her asshole... the affidavits that she mentioned are from the website the saga of terri schiavo..
you all need to grow the **** up and put a sock in it...
oh i forgot that is impossible because all of you have big heads and all of you wanna act like you know it all...
sorry to say that you as well as myself are not perfect. if god made the world perfect there wouldn't be dickheads like you and hypocrits like others...
i trully believe you get hardons putting other people down..
well you can stick your assanine comments and beliefs where the sun don't shine because this blog is full of preppy dick weeds that have nothing better to do then to put other peoples comments down..
take your asshole opinions and stick them in your ass

all of you are a bunch of freakin' assholes with your smart comments and your oh,i know it all bullshit.. catherine is talking from facts not her asshole... the affidavits that she mentioned are from the website the saga of terri schiavo..
you all need to grow the **** up and put a sock in it...
oh i forgot that is impossible because all of you have big heads and all of you wanna act like you know it all...
sorry to say that you as well as myself are not perfect. if god made the world perfect there wouldn't be dickheads like you and hypocrits like others...
i trully believe you get hardons putting other people down..
well you can stick your assanine comments and beliefs where the sun don't shine because this blog is full of preppy dick weeds that have nothing better to do then to put other peoples comments down..
take your asshole opinions and stick them in your ass

the only reason you banned miss woodward is probably because hilzoy can't handle the fact that actually a women beat him by truth and not fighting
or as the saying goes beat him to the punch and now all he is doing is retaliating in an unneccasary fashion he's 30 going on two ah, wanna cookie little boy?

the only reason you banned miss woodward is probably because hilzoy can't handle the fact that actually a women beat him by truth and not fighting
or as the saying goes beat him to the punch and now all he is doing is retaliating in an unneccasary fashion he's 30 going on two ah, wanna cookie little boy?

this blog is full of assanine dweebs that need to read up on the facts...
you know what this blog is not worth the sweat off our assholes ban me for all i care i'd rather be banned then to see a bunch of hypocrits badmouthing our every move

the only reason you banned miss woodward is probably because hilzoy can't handle the fact that actually a women beat him by truth and not fighting
or as the saying goes beat him to the punch

Ms Roberts, you omitted to read up on the facts.

By the way, had you noticed that you seem to be confused about whether your "friend" or "next door neighbor" is Miss or Mrs Woodward? She's "mrs.woodward" in your July 3, 2005 02:11 PM comment, but "miss woodward" in your July 3, 2005 07:15 PM comment.

It always helps when running a sock puppet to be consistent about whether your sock puppet is married or not.

the only reason you banned miss woodward is probably because hilzoy can't handle the fact that actually a women beat him by truth and not fighting or as the saying goes beat him to the punch and now all he is doing is retaliating in an unneccasary fashion he's 30 going on two ah, wanna cookie little boy?
That's the funniest thing I've read all day.

I might have to nominate, pardon my citing a posting rules violation,

all of you are a bunch of freakin' assholes with your smart comments
Heaven forfend! Smart comments?!!?

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This link shows the actual bone scan (CHECK IT OUT)

To sign the petition to impeach Judge Greer type in the words (PETITION TO IMPEACH JUDGE GREER

www.earnedmedia.org/bonescan.htm

This link shows the actual bone scan (CHECK IT OUT)

To sign the petition to impeach Judge Greer type in the words (PETITION TO IMPEACH JUDGE GREER

If I were a mean-spirited bstrd, I'd send a copy of this thread to M. Schiavo's attorney and see if he has any interest in instituting libel proceedings.

But I can't be bothered, and I'm sure he's read worse.

The typos are really kinda funny, tho.

I like the way Terri's diapers smell

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