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March 20, 2005

Michael Schiavo: NO VISITORS PERIOD! (Update)

Topics: Terri Schiavo's Life Counts

- FROM: CHERYL FORD RN

We have "JUST RECEIVED WORD FROM HOSPICE THAT MICHAEL SCHIAVO HAS JUST SUSPENDED VISITATION FROM ALL VISITORS, INCLUDING THE SCHINDLERS FROM BEING WITH THEIR DAUGHTER TERRI IN HER FINAL HOURS.

MICHAEL SCHIAVO WILL BE IN CONTEMPT OF COURT BECAUSE THERE IS A COURT ORDER STATING THEY WOULD BE ALLOWED TO BE WITH THEIR DAUGHTER WITH UNINTERUPTED VISITS.

WE HAVE NO IDEA WHY HE HAS DONE THIS OTHER THEN TO CAUSE MORE PAIN AND SUFFERING TO THE SCHINDLERS."

PLEASE WATCH YOUR NEWS AND EMAIL FOR FURTHER UPDATES.

UPDATE:  Parents have just been allowed back in.

Posted by Hyscience at March 20, 2005 4:12 PM

Someone needs to light the fire under MICHAELS feet..Turn the tables on him. *Hint* Financial misappropriations...details at my blog

Posted by: KC at March 21, 2005 12:21 PM

MICHAEL SCHIAVO tried and failed to murder his wife, NOW he is committing LEGAL MURDER and getting away with it.
After reading all of the "other women" he has abused and stalked it leaves no doubt in my mind that MICHAEL SCHIAVO tried unsuccessfully to kill his wife in 1990.
He is so insistant on her dying because he fears that if she is allowed to live, the chances are great that she will regain her speech and he will be implicated for the dastardly deed he tried to commit. MURDER.
I hope & pray that he is proven to have put her in the state she is now in and he be sentenced as Scott Peterson was.
All who believe in his guilt PLEASE pray he gets caught for this horrendous action he committed.

Posted by: Sandra at March 22, 2005 12:41 AM

Michael Shiavo needs to be kept away from terry .hes a sick ruthless being .He is not even a person he is a murderer.He has tortuered terry all these years . and being allowed to contnue.Isnt there any one out there that can see whats happenning or are you all just burying your heads in the sand. THIS MAN IS A DANGER TO TERRY

Posted by: helen at March 22, 2005 8:49 PM

Dear Readers-

What are the facts? Does anyone really know yet? It’s a “she said/he said” battle now and the media is loving it…and making money off of it!
What do we know about the situation?

 Terri, yes that’s her name…a human being, had a heart attack in 1990 due to a potassium imbalance that was most likely induced by bulimia, an eating disorder.
 At that time physicians labeled her…in a “persistent vegetative state."
 Terri’s husband had her admitted to treatment centers in Florida directly after her diagnosis, refusing to believe that there was not a possibility for her to recover.
 After having his wife flown to California for various surgical treatments, remaining by her side…sleeping on a cot, Michael then admitted her to a brain injury center to further her care, refusing to believe that there was no hope in her recovery.
 In 1992, Terri’s husband, Michael, sued physicians and was awarded $1 million dollars and $700,000, only able to be utilized for her care.
 This monetary reward has been said to be the point of familial conflict/motivation.
 Terri and Michael, prior to her heart attack, resided in Florida in a condominium owned by Terri’s parents.
 Only after the monetary reward was offered, did Terri’s family begin to claim that their relationship had been “argumentative.”
 Michael’s family, excluding his mother who had previously died of cancer, expressed that they felt that the relationship between the two was healthy.
 Michael, while still caring for his wife Terri, became a certified respitory therapist and then a registered nurse.
 In 1998 Michael, after Terri had been kept alive for eight years in a “persistent vegetative state,” petitioned to have the feeding tube removed.
 In 2001 the feeding tube was removed (court order).
 Two days later the feeding tube was reinserted, per a lawsuit filed by Terri’s parents.
 In 2002, Michael petitioned once again and the feeing tube was removed (court order).
 Six days later the feeding tube was reinserted, per a lawsuit filed by Terri’s parents.
 Michael now lives with another woman and has 2 children by her. Michael and Terri had no children together.
 Michael’s girlfriend often accompanies him to be with Terri.

And now here we are. What do we really know? Everyone is so concerned about the rights of a human being. Shall we evaluate the rights of a human being? Why is it that everyone is so concerned with preserving the life of a woman who can speak for herself, yet the media will flash her picture all over the TV without her consent. How many of us shy away from the camera for a family photo, even if we are feeling good about ourself that day? How is flashing footage of her all over the world preserving her rights? Have any of you lost a loved one to a long, drawn-out illness? I haven’t. But, I am a nursing student who spent over 100 hours on an oncology unit in a magnet hospital. During that time, I dealt with death and dying daily. I had families that, for whatever reason, wanted to keep their loved ones alive even though their loved ones had a living will/advanced directives. Why? They couldn’t cope, they had unfinished business, felt guilty about the past, were in denial, didn’t care if their loved one had a “quality” life…the family just wanted selfishly to have them “alive”…whatever that meant??
I, specifically, had two daughters of an elderly woman dying of liver cancer that had spread to her lungs and bone marrow, that were devastated. My patient did have a living will and her wishes had been clearly stated…she did not want to be kept alive by mechanical means. My patient’s conditioned had worsened to the point where there was nothing that any form of medicine could fight…she was dying. My patient was receiving “comfort care.” She was administered continuous pain medication…as anyone would want at that stage of dying. Her daughters then became my patients as well.
I spent hours sitting with the two of them, mostly listening to them tell stories of their mother. They had many questions, wanting to know every detail of her care. I provided them with answers to almost every question, except one. “We just don’t think that it’s right that she is not eating or drinking…she’s going to starve…she can’t starve to death.”
My heart broke and I didn’t know what to say. I went to my charge nurse, explained the situation in tears, and watched in awe. “Your mother has had cancer for several years now,” she explained. “Her condition has not improved over many years. Your mother made a decision prior to now…knowing that this point would eventually come. I can imagine how hard this time is for you, but please know that your mother is not in any pain or discomfort.”
Both daughters had been very proactive in communicating with us as to when they felt that their mother was uncomfortable or feeling pain. It can be so difficult, as a care provider, to be able to understand non-verbal communication when it comes to pain, but her daughters were so in-tune with their mother that they were able to provide us with the information that we needed to care for her, even if she couldn’t speak for herself. My nurse continued to share that, “she will know no hunger or thirst…I promise.”
I, honestly, don’t know what I feel about what is right for Terri. Unfortunately, it is now coming down to a legal affair. What are the facts? What would Terri want?
What I do know is that life is precious and death is a fact. If we can learn anything from Terri it’s that we should, however painful, be mindful of the fact that we will die at some point at that the people we love and care about should be provided with our wishes as to how we chose leave this earth. I think that if Terri could know what was taking place right now, her heart would probably break too.

Posted by: Melissa at March 25, 2005 12:14 PM



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