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Old 04-05-05, 11:01 AM   #1
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Living will

Anyone here have a living will?
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Old 04-05-05, 11:03 AM   #2
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Living Will
(Florida Statutes 765-303)


Declaration made this _____ day of _______________________________________,
20_____, I, ______________________________________________________________,
being of sound mind and body, unequivocally declare that in the event of a
catastrophic injury, I do not wish to be kept alive indefinitely by
artificial means.


I hereby instruct my loved ones and relatives to remove all life-support
systems, once it has been determined that my brain is no longer functioning
in a cognizant realm. However, that judgment should be made only after
thorough consultation with medical experts; i.e., individuals who actually
have been trained educated and certified as doctors.


Under no circumstances -- and I can't state this too strongly -- should
my fate be put in the hands of peckerwood politicians who couldn't pass
ninth-grade biology if their lives depended on it. Furthermore, it is my
firm hope that, when the time comes, any discussion about terminating my
medical treatment should remain private and confidential.


Living in Florida, however, I am acutely aware that the legislative and
executive branches of state government are fond of meddling in family
matters, and have little concern for the privacy and dignity of individuals.


Therefore, I wish to make my views on this subject as clear and unambiguous
as possible. Recognizing that some politicians seem cerebrally challenged
themselves (and with no medical excuse), I'll try to keep this simple and to
the point:




1. While remaining sensitive to the feelings of loved ones who might cling
to hope for my recovery, let me state that if a reasonable amount of time
passes -- say, ____ (fill in the blank) months -- and I fail to sit up and
ask for a cold beer, it should be presumed that I won't ever get better.
When such a determination is reached, I hereby instruct my spouse, children
and attending physicians to pull the plug, reel in the tubes and call it a
day.


2. Under no circumstances shall the members of the Legislature enact a
special law to keep me on life-support machinery. It is my wish that these
boneheads mind their own damn business, and pay attention instead to the
health, education and future of the millions of Floridians who aren't in a
permanent coma.


3. Under no circumstances shall the Governor of Florida butt into this
case and order my doctors to put a feeding tube down my throat. I don't
care how many fundamentalist votes he's trying to scrounge for 2008, it is
my wish that he plays politics with someone else's life and leaves me
to die in peace.


4. I couldn't care less if a hundred religious zealots send e-mails to
legislators in which they pretend to care about me. I don't know these
people, and I certainly haven't authorized them to preach and crusade on my
behalf. They should mind their own business, too.


5. It is my heartfelt wish to expire quietly and without a public spectacle.
This is obviously impossible once elected officials become involved. So,
while recognizing the wrenching emotions that attend the prolonged death of
a loved one, I hereby instruct my relatives to settle all disagreements
about my care in private or in the courts, as provided by law. If any of my
family goes against my wishes and turns my case into a political cause, I
hereby promise to come back from the grave and make his or her existence a
living ____ (fill in the blank).
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Old 04-05-05, 11:16 AM   #3
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Yep, I do, I owe a house for one reason and by no means do I want to be kept alive to enhance another's career!!!! If I can't ride my bike then put a pillow over my face and push hard!!
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Old 04-05-05, 11:56 AM   #4
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Yep, I do, I owe a house for one reason and by no means do I want to be kept alive to enhance another's career!!!! If I can't ride my bike then put a pillow over my face and push hard!!
In the event you can't ride your bike..

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Old 04-05-05, 12:47 PM   #5
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Yes!!!! Pull the plug, burn me, and spread me over the Olympic National Park from high in the sky. Keep the ashes if she must but PULL THE PLUG!!!!
15 years laying in a bed, only if it's with Viagra, Ben and Jerry's, Jamaican rum and my wife.
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Old 04-05-05, 01:05 PM   #6
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Yes I and my wife have them.
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Old 04-05-05, 01:24 PM   #7
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At what age do you think everyone should have one? I mean, my parents understand that given some freak accident, I don't want to be kept alive artifically but I'm only 22. So when should a person keep an actually living well?
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As soon as you can. You can just as easily get brain damaged at the age of 22. Probably even more so if you're reckless.
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Old 04-05-05, 02:44 PM   #9
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joeprim!.....joeprim!!..... ..... ......I am incapacitated by the tears of laughter rolling down my fevered cheeks.....


No!....NO!!......Don't pull the plug!......I'll REVIVE!!.....I'll revive....
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Old 04-05-05, 04:16 PM   #10
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There's a website where you can churn out your own legal living will. The Chicago Sun Times was good enough to report about living wills. I'm getting one made, although I've been very vocal to my parents and brother about pulling the dang plug. I don't want to be some lifeless zombie on a respirator.

http://suntimes.healthology.com/focu...ves&b=suntimes

They also did another article where they mentioned this organization that gives out free living wills you can download and hand off to your relatives: http://www.nhpco.org/i4a/pages/index...&openpage=3965

No joke. I'm going to fill one out and hand it off to my parents and my brother.

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Old 04-05-05, 07:29 PM   #11
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At what age do you think everyone should have one? I mean, my parents understand that given some freak accident, I don't want to be kept alive artifically but I'm only 22. So when should a person keep an actually living well?
Absolutely! I've had one since my early 20s. Then again, I fly tactical jets in the Navy (well, not so much any more...) so anything could happen. Then again, driving, riding bikes, skiing whatever... who knows? I don't want to live like that. I always say, "If I'm a vegtable, PLANT ME!!"

joeprim, that was great!
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Old 04-05-05, 09:25 PM   #12
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This might help...

http://www.endoflifechoices.org/home.jsp

Im taking a "Death, Myth or Reality" class here at VCU... ******** awesome class. Learn everything about different philosophies, legal stuff, beliefs in the after life, medical procedures, EVERYTHING.

Actually just got that link tonight after emailing my professor about going about getting a living will.

My 2 cents.
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Old 04-05-05, 10:48 PM   #13
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My wife and I have them. The contents are none of you mofos busniess.

Just remember, you have to feed your babies. Just because he/she/them are unable to do so, doesn't make them a canidate to terminate life support.(The feedings) DOing so may get you life in prison or worse.
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My wife and I have them. The contents are none of you mofos busniess.

Just remember, you have to feed your babies. Just because he/she/them are unable to do so, doesn't make them a canidate to terminate life support.(The feedings) DOing so may get you life in prison or worse.

What, you afraid we're gonna legally do something to oppose your living will? We won't. Promise.

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There's a website where you can churn out your own legal living will. The Chicago Sun Times was good enough to report about living wills. I'm getting one made, although I've been very vocal to my parents and brother about pulling the dang plug. I don't want to be some lifeless zombie on a respirator.

http://suntimes.healthology.com/focu...ves&b=suntimes

They also did another article where they mentioned this organization that gives out free living wills you can download and hand off to your relatives: http://www.nhpco.org/i4a/pages/index...&openpage=3965

No joke. I'm going to fill one out and hand it off to my parents and my brother.

Koffee


Will it be like joeprim's?......
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There is a misconception about the 'living will'.

In many states, the writing of a living will by itself is not the most significant legal action
you need to take when preparing for end-of-life decisions.
Usually, officially declaring 'power of attorney' privilages to a loved one is just as crucial.
Some states have unique laws governing these decisions, such as Oregon's "Death with Dignity" measure.
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That link I provided goes through the different types of power of attorney forms, as well as gives a living will that's good in every state.

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Old 04-07-05, 08:16 AM   #18
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Yes my wife and I both do, it is a wise descision.
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Old 04-07-05, 11:29 AM   #19
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What, you afraid we're gonna legally do something to oppose your living will? We won't. Promise.

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It's a political statment. Why is the law different? Since when can you consider feeding an invalid life support?
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