Friday, April 01, 2005

A Wealth of Living Wills

Robert Friedman of the St. Petersburg Times has a checklist for those who "want medical authorities to resort to extraordinary means to prolong [a] hellish semiexistence."
  • I want the medical geniuses and philosopher kings who populate the Florida Legislature to ignore me for more than a decade and then turn my case into a forum for weeks of politically calculated bloviation.

  • I want total strangers -- oily politicians, maudlin news anchors, ersatz friars and all other hangers-on -- to start calling me "Bobby," as if they had known me since childhood.
Read more here.
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If you feel differently, Blog suggests a form that even "cerebrally challenged" politicians can understand. His living will includes items like these:
  • 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.

  • Under no circumstances shall the governor of Florida butt into this case and order my doctors to put a feeding tube down my throat. * * *

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More seriously, as we've written before, the Florida State Bar Association makes available a free Living Will and Medical Surrogate form. Click here to download it and make your own choices.

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