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Donailin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 10:03 PM
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Poll question: If you were in a PVS, how long would you want to be kept on a feeding tube
Edited on Fri Mar-25-05 10:41 PM by Donailin
PVS - Persistent Vegatative State. And the question should be applied to yourself, not your mother, father, sister, brother, son, daughter, husband, wife or cat. or iguana.

Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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FreedomAngel82 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 10:04 PM
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1. I say a year
And after seeing professional doctors who I KNOW aren't any of these whacks and they say there's no hope for me to recover then I'd want to be pulled and go in peace.
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GetTheRightVote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 10:05 PM
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3. I am with you, let me go in peace.
:kick:
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 10:33 PM
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21. Exactly. I told my husband a month, but he dissuaded me.
A year is a fair amount for everyone's sake, IMHO.
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sonicx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 10:05 PM
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2. hmm....maybe a year.
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Walt Starr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 10:05 PM
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4. Don't put a stinking feeding tube in to begin with
Edited on Fri Mar-25-05 10:06 PM by Walt Starr
My wife knows my wishes. No feeding tube ever.
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Donailin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 10:10 PM
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7. Whoops, sorry
Edited on Fri Mar-25-05 10:11 PM by Donailin
but Terry was resuscitated and went into a Coma, they had no idea what she would be like when she came out of it. The tube was inserted during the comatose state, I believe.
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Walt Starr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 10:12 PM
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9. Yeah, and with me my wife knows the drill, no feeding tube ever
If a similar event happened my wife will not allow a feeding tube to be inserted in the first place. None. It won't happen. I want no feeding tube under any circumstances.
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napi21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 10:07 PM
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5. My option wasn't in your poll! I never want a feeding tube at all!
If you never put one in, you never have to worry about taking it out!

I'd rather just die than preserved for some less than normal life in the future.
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Pegleg Thd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 10:16 PM
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10. With the health problems that I have
I have already put my wishes in writing for my wife and doctor. No feeding tube and no heroic measures whatsoever. I have already had three heart attacks and three strokes. Have arteriosclerosis that is affecting the pulmonary artery. At my age (67) and with all this the doctors I know all agree that there is only a 1 in 10 chance that I will survive another cardiac episode.
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Donailin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 10:09 PM
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6. I say a year or less
If scans show there's nothing in there, let me go. If I'm not conscious, there's no point. I'm wagering that no one will answer more than five years. I trust that folks here are reasonable and unselfish. I trust that even those who want Terry to stay alive would not want that for themselves. And that would be a double standard, which it is what I want to point out.
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goodboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 10:11 PM
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8. I wouldn't know, because I'm in a PVS...I have no consciousness.
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rzemanfl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 10:20 PM
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11. Where is "not at all?" n/t
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Walt Starr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 10:21 PM
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12. That's four in this thread so far for "not at all"
Even though it's not a choice.
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rzemanfl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 10:23 PM
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14. It's what most Living Wills say. n/t
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sallyseven Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 10:23 PM
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15. I will not allow it.
Wrote out my living will. No, none, Nada extra stuff for me.
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NYC Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 10:25 PM
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16. Add another one here
I am not gonna take the chance that I will be awake and concious but unable to move or communicate. Uh-uh, no way.
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Walt Starr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 10:27 PM
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19. Yep, even if I was conscious and they said they had to do a feeding tube
I would consciously refuse.
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Donailin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 10:33 PM
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20. Again, I'm sorry.
I was working on the assumption that no one would vote for longer than a reasonable amount of time to be sure there was no hope of someone regaining consciousness.

'Never want one in the first place' is certainly an acceptable answer, and it still proves my point, agree?
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Walt Starr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 10:34 PM
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22. You can still edit the poll and add the choice n/t
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Donailin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 10:38 PM
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24. cool!
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Walt Starr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 10:50 AM
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25. Thanks! Now I can vote! n/t
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MsTryska Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 10:22 PM
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13. I was just thinking that.
i'm all about the DNR, no matter what the situation. i honestly wouldn't have gotten to PVS stage.
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underseasurveyor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 10:26 PM
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17. Keep my body alive just long enough
for organ recipients (that match of course) to get to the hospital and prepped`n`ready to receive their new organs :-)
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flying_monkeys Donating Member (519 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 10:26 PM
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18. I don't think they call it Persistent until some time has passed
Give me a few months until my family can accept I am gone. Then pull the plug.
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Pepperbelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-25-05 10:35 PM
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23. hold on ... are they giving me morphine? Can I feel it?
How can I answer without knowing these important facts?
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madison2000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-26-05 10:52 AM
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26. Till all the money runs out, and everyone in my family is at each others
throats, and the whole country is talking about me-

or till I've reached my ideal model thin weight, whichever comes first!
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