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Mama Deb
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Thoughts shallow and deep

There is a young Marine lieutenant in the office. He is tall and redheaded and in a dark blue uniform, and I keep sneaking looks at him. Especially when he left to make a cellphone call...

1. The Federal government has absolutely no place in this, and no one should make political hay out of a family's tragedy.

2. To my husband and others: If I am *ever* (God forbid!) in such a position, do not do anything to hasten my death. Do not starve me to death or deny me essential care. Maybe do not do anything prolong life other than essential care and whatever is needed for comfort, and please consult our rabbi at every turn, but do not hasten it.


It's amazingly complicated, is what it is, because bodies are supposed to be intact when you bury them (which means that if someone dies by violence, they are buried in the clothes in which they were killed instead of being washed and dressed in burial clothes so as to get all the blood). On the other hand, an organ transplant will save or prolong a life and that's a good thing, and may well outweigh other considerations.

It's already a battle to not allow autopsies.

Fascinating. I did not know that. I knew the Orthodox did not allow embalming.

I'm Methodist, and there was never a question. As soon as I got a driver's license, I signed the organ donation form, and my folks witnessed it. I've always believed "Take whatever you want, I'm not in it anymore."

If I'm persistantly vegitative, I don't want to be fed through a tube until my family has used all the insurance, all the savings, lost the house and is utterly bankrupt from the cost of it. (Mom was a nursing home nurse and saw such cases frequently)

If, otoh, I have a real chance of a fully functional recovery, please, take whatever measures you can. We'll work out the payments when I'm back at work.