Thursday, July 30, 2009
Right to Know and Right to Decide
Was a quiet and peaceful awakening this morning, did feel the pain again as soon as I was conscious like I do every morning.
Tried my best to minimize the noise I made as I did not want to wake Richie up, but he heard me right away.
Hard to minimize sounds of pain because all the pain comes back immediately when you become aware and that is what greets you each morning.
It was difficult to completely suppress and did my best but even so Richie heard me.
He was up right away and fetched me some THC which relaxes me and relieves the pain so
that I could do my arm exercises.
Richie gave me THC in the breaks during the exercises and when I was finished I felt relaxed.
I was ready for the leg exercises, done by Richie followed by leg massage.
And then baclofen tablets and drink water and I was ready to meet the world
via my laptop.
I just heard a program on BBC radio about Motor Neuron / ALS it seems that an ad is not being shown on the BBC Television as the images were too shocking.
Find it very strange that the truth is distorted find this more shocking than the pictures.
The images were about what life is like for a young woman with MND / ALS and it is not nice but it's the truth.
It is unfortunate that people do not get to see the truth or hear that someone else has decided for them because they know better.
It is very inhumane thing to deny people the truth and I am shocked about this decision.
The other item that I had heard, which also shocked me was about Euthanasia in England.
The Parliament, The House of Lords has again refused to give people the right to decide when they want to end their lives.
A woman Baroness Campbell has stopped the law being passed, she is disabled and is in a wheelchair, and she does not want to be euthanized and does not want anyone else to have that right either.
Baroness Campbell said that if the law permits disabled people to choose when they could die, that doctors would coerce them into having euthanasia.
'' that suicide reform would lead to state-assisted dying: to a situation in which doctors would encourage people with disabilities to end their lives''
This really is pure nonsense as if doctors would convince people to ask for euthanasia, I never heard such nonsense.
But that is how a debate is killed by making it very emotional and personal which makes discussion impossible and there is no argument against it.
Any argument is seen as an attack, and that's no discussion on the contrary it is a kind of emotional blackmail.
Baroness Campbell has a privileged position compared with other disabled people, it is a pity
that she and her supporters do not want to see that the right to self determination is not a signal for all disabled people to be euthanized.
That is how this debate is conducted in England, and that's no real discussion so it seems that there is no hope at present for this new law to be passed.
And they will carry on doing euthanasia by the back door by increasing doses of morphine until you are in a coma; the other way is stopping feeding.
Both inhumane ways to end someone's life but that is apparently better that allowing people the dignity of deciding for themselves and being able to go surrounded by family and friends.