lizziec: (sheep baa)
Toddled off to Mayday earlier to get the MRI done. I drove as carefully as I could, possibly my best and smoothest driving for ever as mum was feeling extremely nauseous and I really didn't want her being sick on the way (though we have an emesis basin in the car permanently atm just in case) as that would have been distressing for us both and we didn't need that. I (and she) made it \o/ Trying to drive smoothly makes it clear how awful the roads are at the moment though :(

Anyway, the MRI suite at Mayday smelled of paint and white spirit and was incredibly disorganised, with no signs telling us where it was. It turns out that the reason why is because they're still decorating, having moved in (from a portacabin on the hospital site somewhere) either Tuesday or today (Wednesday). After signing in and doing paperwork we waited for 50 mins, then I asked a member of staff who was passing how much longer it was likely to be. I was very polite and not mean or anything. Mostly I was just worried about whether or not I'd have to put more money on the car parking. Anyway, after asking someone mum was taken back for the MRI almost straight away. From them taking her back to her returning to me took about 55 mins. Got back to the car the minute the ticket expired. Not bad timing really. The MRI people said that they would have to write a report and would then ask mum to come back for more imaging (which I guess means another MRI or CT or something?) or she'd be called in to see her consultant. Now I guess we have to wait to see what the MRI shows. After the first CT scan mum was called back within 2 working days when it showed up a tumour, so hopefully the turnaround on the MRI will be as quick and we will find out where the primary tumour is hiding. If they can't pinpoint it using the MRI, they'll be biopsying the tumour on and behind her cheekbone. Ah, now I'm repeating myself. My apologies. The MRI today was of her head and neck.

Meanwhile, as well as the nausea and vomiting problems that I talked about last post, and the loss of appetite, the tumour appears to be causing various other distressing problems. One of the main ones is making mum vulnerable to infections - she's being treated for her second UTI in four weeks at the moment, which makes me nervous when I get a sore throat or anything. If it's a cold and I pass it along to her, I have no idea what the consequences would be. Another is nosebleeds. I guess it's the way the tumour is pressing on stuff, though I don't really know. She's had a few enormous nose bleeds that have lasted for ages (though [thankfully?] I've yet to be around for one), and on friday night she asked Phil to call an ambulance for her because the loss of blood was so sudden and dramatic (she thought it had stopped and it suddenly started again with a vengeance). Thankfully they were able to treat her at home, but it's another of those things that makes me realise how vulnerable the tumour(s) are making her, and not just in the obvious "she has cancer" sort of ways.

Cut, a ramble in which I moan about trying to get a prescription filled at half past six on a weekday in Greater London )

Since the first UTI she's been drinking a glass of cranberry juice a day. Is there anything else we can do to ward off the dreaded cystitis or is that about it? Also, is reduced sugar cranberry juice less effective or the same effective as regular when it comes to warding infections off? Does cranberry juice even work? Obviously for the comfort of everyone concerned we'd like to keep them to a minimum, hence the cranberry juice. It doesn't seem to have worked that well though :/

After my last LJ entry, [livejournal.com profile] red_pill sweetly said he'd deal with vomit as he has no particular problem with it, which is very sweet of him. I think we've decided that if he is around, he will deal with it, and if I'm the only one around then I'll grit my teeth and deal with it as best I can. Hopefully I will continue to be successful in keeping my own tummy contents in.

I should go to bed. It's very late as I've been writing this (and spent two hours bitching on twitter about the inadequacies of our legislative process with regards to the Digital Economy Bill) and [livejournal.com profile] bethanthepurple is visiting tomorrow (at least, as long as the hospital don't call us in on short notice), so I'd like to at least be a little alert for that ;)

ETA: 12/07/11 No longer filtered
lizziec: (sheep baa)
Toddled off to Mayday earlier to get the MRI done. I drove as carefully as I could, possibly my best and smoothest driving for ever as mum was feeling extremely nauseous and I really didn't want her being sick on the way (though we have an emesis basin in the car permanently atm just in case) as that would have been distressing for us both and we didn't need that. I (and she) made it \o/ Trying to drive smoothly makes it clear how awful the roads are at the moment though :(

Anyway, the MRI suite at Mayday smelled of paint and white spirit and was incredibly disorganised, with no signs telling us where it was. It turns out that the reason why is because they're still decorating, having moved in (from a portacabin on the hospital site somewhere) either Tuesday or today (Wednesday). After signing in and doing paperwork we waited for 50 mins, then I asked a member of staff who was passing how much longer it was likely to be. I was very polite and not mean or anything. Mostly I was just worried about whether or not I'd have to put more money on the car parking. Anyway, after asking someone mum was taken back for the MRI almost straight away. From them taking her back to her returning to me took about 55 mins. Got back to the car the minute the ticket expired. Not bad timing really. The MRI people said that they would have to write a report and would then ask mum to come back for more imaging (which I guess means another MRI or CT or something?) or she'd be called in to see her consultant. Now I guess we have to wait to see what the MRI shows. After the first CT scan mum was called back within 2 working days when it showed up a tumour, so hopefully the turnaround on the MRI will be as quick and we will find out where the primary tumour is hiding. If they can't pinpoint it using the MRI, they'll be biopsying the tumour on and behind her cheekbone. Ah, now I'm repeating myself. My apologies. The MRI today was of her head and neck.

Meanwhile, as well as the nausea and vomiting problems that I talked about last post, and the loss of appetite, the tumour appears to be causing various other distressing problems. One of the main ones is making mum vulnerable to infections - she's being treated for her second UTI in four weeks at the moment, which makes me nervous when I get a sore throat or anything. If it's a cold and I pass it along to her, I have no idea what the consequences would be. Another is nosebleeds. I guess it's the way the tumour is pressing on stuff, though I don't really know. She's had a few enormous nose bleeds that have lasted for ages (though [thankfully?] I've yet to be around for one), and on friday night she asked Phil to call an ambulance for her because the loss of blood was so sudden and dramatic (she thought it had stopped and it suddenly started again with a vengeance). Thankfully they were able to treat her at home, but it's another of those things that makes me realise how vulnerable the tumour(s) are making her, and not just in the obvious "she has cancer" sort of ways.

Cut, a ramble in which I moan about trying to get a prescription filled at half past six on a weekday in Greater London )

Since the first UTI she's been drinking a glass of cranberry juice a day. Is there anything else we can do to ward off the dreaded cystitis or is that about it? Also, is reduced sugar cranberry juice less effective or the same effective as regular when it comes to warding infections off? Does cranberry juice even work? Obviously for the comfort of everyone concerned we'd like to keep them to a minimum, hence the cranberry juice. It doesn't seem to have worked that well though :/

After my last LJ entry, [livejournal.com profile] red_pill sweetly said he'd deal with vomit as he has no particular problem with it, which is very sweet of him. I think we've decided that if he is around, he will deal with it, and if I'm the only one around then I'll grit my teeth and deal with it as best I can. Hopefully I will continue to be successful in keeping my own tummy contents in.

I should go to bed. It's very late as I've been writing this (and spent two hours bitching on twitter about the inadequacies of our legislative process with regards to the Digital Economy Bill) and [livejournal.com profile] bethanthepurple is visiting tomorrow (at least, as long as the hospital don't call us in on short notice), so I'd like to at least be a little alert for that ;)

ETA: 12/07/11 No longer filtered
lizziec: (sheep baa)
Toddled off to Mayday earlier to get the MRI done. I drove as carefully as I could, possibly my best and smoothest driving for ever as mum was feeling extremely nauseous and I really didn't want her being sick on the way (though we have an emesis basin in the car permanently atm just in case) as that would have been distressing for us both and we didn't need that. I (and she) made it \o/ Trying to drive smoothly makes it clear how awful the roads are at the moment though :(

Anyway, the MRI suite at Mayday smelled of paint and white spirit and was incredibly disorganised, with no signs telling us where it was. It turns out that the reason why is because they're still decorating, having moved in (from a portacabin on the hospital site somewhere) either Tuesday or today (Wednesday). After signing in and doing paperwork we waited for 50 mins, then I asked a member of staff who was passing how much longer it was likely to be. I was very polite and not mean or anything. Mostly I was just worried about whether or not I'd have to put more money on the car parking. Anyway, after asking someone mum was taken back for the MRI almost straight away. From them taking her back to her returning to me took about 55 mins. Got back to the car the minute the ticket expired. Not bad timing really. The MRI people said that they would have to write a report and would then ask mum to come back for more imaging (which I guess means another MRI or CT or something?) or she'd be called in to see her consultant. Now I guess we have to wait to see what the MRI shows. After the first CT scan mum was called back within 2 working days when it showed up a tumour, so hopefully the turnaround on the MRI will be as quick and we will find out where the primary tumour is hiding. If they can't pinpoint it using the MRI, they'll be biopsying the tumour on and behind her cheekbone. Ah, now I'm repeating myself. My apologies. The MRI today was of her head and neck.

Meanwhile, as well as the nausea and vomiting problems that I talked about last post, and the loss of appetite, the tumour appears to be causing various other distressing problems. One of the main ones is making mum vulnerable to infections - she's being treated for her second UTI in four weeks at the moment, which makes me nervous when I get a sore throat or anything. If it's a cold and I pass it along to her, I have no idea what the consequences would be. Another is nosebleeds. I guess it's the way the tumour is pressing on stuff, though I don't really know. She's had a few enormous nose bleeds that have lasted for ages (though [thankfully?] I've yet to be around for one), and on friday night she asked Phil to call an ambulance for her because the loss of blood was so sudden and dramatic (she thought it had stopped and it suddenly started again with a vengeance). Thankfully they were able to treat her at home, but it's another of those things that makes me realise how vulnerable the tumour(s) are making her, and not just in the obvious "she has cancer" sort of ways.

Cut, a ramble in which I moan about trying to get a prescription filled at half past six on a weekday in Greater London )

Since the first UTI she's been drinking a glass of cranberry juice a day. Is there anything else we can do to ward off the dreaded cystitis or is that about it? Also, is reduced sugar cranberry juice less effective or the same effective as regular when it comes to warding infections off? Does cranberry juice even work? Obviously for the comfort of everyone concerned we'd like to keep them to a minimum, hence the cranberry juice. It doesn't seem to have worked that well though :/

After my last LJ entry, [livejournal.com profile] red_pill sweetly said he'd deal with vomit as he has no particular problem with it, which is very sweet of him. I think we've decided that if he is around, he will deal with it, and if I'm the only one around then I'll grit my teeth and deal with it as best I can. Hopefully I will continue to be successful in keeping my own tummy contents in.

I should go to bed. It's very late as I've been writing this (and spent two hours bitching on twitter about the inadequacies of our legislative process with regards to the Digital Economy Bill) and [livejournal.com profile] bethanthepurple is visiting tomorrow (at least, as long as the hospital don't call us in on short notice), so I'd like to at least be a little alert for that ;)

ETA: 12/07/11 No longer filtered
lizziec: (me - schooluniform)
I was having a bad day a few days ago when ben cheered me up by pointing out to me this story in the local free rag, which clearly shows some students at CCCU who, if they had died in the fire, would have been candidates for the Darwin Awards.

The article )

For those who CBA to read the article themselves, basically there was a fire in an empty house next door to where the students lived. The students, Dan Fowler and Elliot Preston, originally did the clever thing and evacuated their own house - "There was a loud bang at the door. It was someone telling us to get out because the house next door was on fire."

Elliot took his laptop and alerted his housemate and they got out. So far, so clever.

But then: "We got outside but then I sent Dan back in to get the XBox. Unfortunately we broke Pro-Evolution Soccer in the process, which was not cool." It would have been even less cool if the fire had spread and they'd died in the process, although then they would have removed themselves from the gene pool, which after doing something so monumentally stupid may not have been a bad thing.

In other news, these are the final pictures to be taken with my old camera, a Fuji Finepix A210, which has done stirling service for over four years - it was purchased for me as a joint present from everyone when I turned 20.

The other day I purchased a Panasonic Lumix fz8, which was on manager's special for about £80 less than RRP because it was lacking a manual and a charger ;) The real shininess of the Lumix is the Leica lens. Before ben upgraded to a proper D-SLR he had a Panasonic Lumix fz30 and said that the lens was what really made the camera. I suspect that will be the case with this one too. The new charger arrived this morning, so in the next few days I will go out and take some test shots with it to show everyone :) Then I can tell you just how shiny (or not) the fz8 turns out to be :)
lizziec: (me - schooluniform)
I was having a bad day a few days ago when ben cheered me up by pointing out to me this story in the local free rag, which clearly shows some students at CCCU who, if they had died in the fire, would have been candidates for the Darwin Awards.

The article )

For those who CBA to read the article themselves, basically there was a fire in an empty house next door to where the students lived. The students, Dan Fowler and Elliot Preston, originally did the clever thing and evacuated their own house - "There was a loud bang at the door. It was someone telling us to get out because the house next door was on fire."

Elliot took his laptop and alerted his housemate and they got out. So far, so clever.

But then: "We got outside but then I sent Dan back in to get the XBox. Unfortunately we broke Pro-Evolution Soccer in the process, which was not cool." It would have been even less cool if the fire had spread and they'd died in the process, although then they would have removed themselves from the gene pool, which after doing something so monumentally stupid may not have been a bad thing.

In other news, these are the final pictures to be taken with my old camera, a Fuji Finepix A210, which has done stirling service for over four years - it was purchased for me as a joint present from everyone when I turned 20.

The other day I purchased a Panasonic Lumix fz8, which was on manager's special for about £80 less than RRP because it was lacking a manual and a charger ;) The real shininess of the Lumix is the Leica lens. Before ben upgraded to a proper D-SLR he had a Panasonic Lumix fz30 and said that the lens was what really made the camera. I suspect that will be the case with this one too. The new charger arrived this morning, so in the next few days I will go out and take some test shots with it to show everyone :) Then I can tell you just how shiny (or not) the fz8 turns out to be :)
lizziec: (me - schooluniform)
I was having a bad day a few days ago when ben cheered me up by pointing out to me this story in the local free rag, which clearly shows some students at CCCU who, if they had died in the fire, would have been candidates for the Darwin Awards.

The article )

For those who CBA to read the article themselves, basically there was a fire in an empty house next door to where the students lived. The students, Dan Fowler and Elliot Preston, originally did the clever thing and evacuated their own house - "There was a loud bang at the door. It was someone telling us to get out because the house next door was on fire."

Elliot took his laptop and alerted his housemate and they got out. So far, so clever.

But then: "We got outside but then I sent Dan back in to get the XBox. Unfortunately we broke Pro-Evolution Soccer in the process, which was not cool." It would have been even less cool if the fire had spread and they'd died in the process, although then they would have removed themselves from the gene pool, which after doing something so monumentally stupid may not have been a bad thing.

In other news, these are the final pictures to be taken with my old camera, a Fuji Finepix A210, which has done stirling service for over four years - it was purchased for me as a joint present from everyone when I turned 20.

The other day I purchased a Panasonic Lumix fz8, which was on manager's special for about £80 less than RRP because it was lacking a manual and a charger ;) The real shininess of the Lumix is the Leica lens. Before ben upgraded to a proper D-SLR he had a Panasonic Lumix fz30 and said that the lens was what really made the camera. I suspect that will be the case with this one too. The new charger arrived this morning, so in the next few days I will go out and take some test shots with it to show everyone :) Then I can tell you just how shiny (or not) the fz8 turns out to be :)
lizziec: (toys - Duster Giraffe)
Cat killed by 17in crossbow bolt. WTF?

People make me feel very sick sometimes. I just don't understand it :(
lizziec: (potterpuffs - Grey Lady)
A baby giraffe born six days ago and its mother have died in a fire at Paignton Zoo in Devon.

This makes me feel very very sad :(
lizziec: (potterpuffs - Grey Lady)
A baby giraffe born six days ago and its mother have died in a fire at Paignton Zoo in Devon.

This makes me feel very very sad :(
lizziec: (potterpuffs - Grey Lady)
A baby giraffe born six days ago and its mother have died in a fire at Paignton Zoo in Devon.

This makes me feel very very sad :(
lizziec: (toys - monkey rocker)
A sketch in BBC One comedy Little Britain which showed a woman urinating uncontrollably in a shop has been criticised by an incontinence charity.

Saw that coming as soon as I knew which new characters would be appearing. Not surprised at all ;) Hvae to say I agree much more with the charity than with the BBC who state that "the sketch was not offensive as it was not grounded in reality."

Hmm.
lizziec: (toys - monkey rocker)
A sketch in BBC One comedy Little Britain which showed a woman urinating uncontrollably in a shop has been criticised by an incontinence charity.

Saw that coming as soon as I knew which new characters would be appearing. Not surprised at all ;) Hvae to say I agree much more with the charity than with the BBC who state that "the sketch was not offensive as it was not grounded in reality."

Hmm.
lizziec: (toys - monkey rocker)
A sketch in BBC One comedy Little Britain which showed a woman urinating uncontrollably in a shop has been criticised by an incontinence charity.

Saw that coming as soon as I knew which new characters would be appearing. Not surprised at all ;) Hvae to say I agree much more with the charity than with the BBC who state that "the sketch was not offensive as it was not grounded in reality."

Hmm.
lizziec: (XKCD hokey religions)
*giggle*

I bet they're hideous ;)
lizziec: (XKCD hokey religions)
*giggle*

I bet they're hideous ;)
lizziec: (XKCD hokey religions)
*giggle*

I bet they're hideous ;)
lizziec: (animals - Polecat)
UN invited to inspect Guantanamo. This story is interesting and frustrating at the same time.

The main points occur in the first three paragraphs:

The Pentagon has invited UN officials to visit the Guantanamo Bay prison camp, more than three years after first receiving the request.

Finally they allow the UN in. Why did it take them three years?

Three human right monitors will be allowed to observe the facilities and question military officials but will not have access to detainees.

Riiight. So they can come in and speak to the people who are almost guarenteed not to say anything bad about it...

The Pentagon said the invitation showed it had "nothing to hide".

If they have nothing to hide then why did they wait three years and why are they not allowing the inspectors to access the detainees?

Grr. Stupid America :/

-----

In other news, I've had a very lazy half term and have barely done any work...but that's a story for another LJ ;)

I had a clumsy evening the other day where I managed to drop several things and weld some cheese sauce to the bottom of a pan. This all culminated in my dropping a large full bottle of Soy Sauce onto our kitchen carpet from a high cupboard, where it shattered. Soy Sauce went everywhere and the carpet now looks like something the good people at CSI would investigate.

see? :| )

For those of you who don't know our kitchen that stain takes up a sizeable proportion of it...

Bethan coming today to stay with us till Friday :)
lizziec: (animals - Polecat)
UN invited to inspect Guantanamo. This story is interesting and frustrating at the same time.

The main points occur in the first three paragraphs:

The Pentagon has invited UN officials to visit the Guantanamo Bay prison camp, more than three years after first receiving the request.

Finally they allow the UN in. Why did it take them three years?

Three human right monitors will be allowed to observe the facilities and question military officials but will not have access to detainees.

Riiight. So they can come in and speak to the people who are almost guarenteed not to say anything bad about it...

The Pentagon said the invitation showed it had "nothing to hide".

If they have nothing to hide then why did they wait three years and why are they not allowing the inspectors to access the detainees?

Grr. Stupid America :/

-----

In other news, I've had a very lazy half term and have barely done any work...but that's a story for another LJ ;)

I had a clumsy evening the other day where I managed to drop several things and weld some cheese sauce to the bottom of a pan. This all culminated in my dropping a large full bottle of Soy Sauce onto our kitchen carpet from a high cupboard, where it shattered. Soy Sauce went everywhere and the carpet now looks like something the good people at CSI would investigate.

see? :| )

For those of you who don't know our kitchen that stain takes up a sizeable proportion of it...

Bethan coming today to stay with us till Friday :)
lizziec: (animals - Polecat)
UN invited to inspect Guantanamo. This story is interesting and frustrating at the same time.

The main points occur in the first three paragraphs:

The Pentagon has invited UN officials to visit the Guantanamo Bay prison camp, more than three years after first receiving the request.

Finally they allow the UN in. Why did it take them three years?

Three human right monitors will be allowed to observe the facilities and question military officials but will not have access to detainees.

Riiight. So they can come in and speak to the people who are almost guarenteed not to say anything bad about it...

The Pentagon said the invitation showed it had "nothing to hide".

If they have nothing to hide then why did they wait three years and why are they not allowing the inspectors to access the detainees?

Grr. Stupid America :/

-----

In other news, I've had a very lazy half term and have barely done any work...but that's a story for another LJ ;)

I had a clumsy evening the other day where I managed to drop several things and weld some cheese sauce to the bottom of a pan. This all culminated in my dropping a large full bottle of Soy Sauce onto our kitchen carpet from a high cupboard, where it shattered. Soy Sauce went everywhere and the carpet now looks like something the good people at CSI would investigate.

see? :| )

For those of you who don't know our kitchen that stain takes up a sizeable proportion of it...

Bethan coming today to stay with us till Friday :)
lizziec: (Default)
Many things to write about :)

Firstly, Ben and I have moved into the flat (yay!) and will be finally getting White Goods (fridge freezer and washer dryer) on Monday \o/ - you don't realise how fantastic the invention of the fridge was until you are stuck in the middle of summer (well almost the middle of summer :P) without one ;) I'd put the fridge right up there with Central Heating.

Housewarming soon (promise!) and address and phone number in privated entry to follow this ;))

Secondly, I have been contacted by the National Blood Service Bone Marrow Register because, apparently, I am a preliminary match with someone. This was quite a surprise to me ;) I'm going along to St Georges Hospital, Tooting on the 13th of June to have another blood test. If everything checks out there then I will be donating some of my bone marrow to someone who needs it.

Just thinking about it makes me go all squishy!

The letter )

Thirdly, the unveiling of the "Deep Throat" who revealed the involvement of Nixon in Watergate has taken place. This is also something that has made me kinda fuzzy inside. This is always something I remember mum being interested in, and I think I see why. I see it as a defining moment in American politics. It's good to see the person taking the credit he deserves.

Finally...

A Meme! )
lizziec: (Default)
Many things to write about :)

Firstly, Ben and I have moved into the flat (yay!) and will be finally getting White Goods (fridge freezer and washer dryer) on Monday \o/ - you don't realise how fantastic the invention of the fridge was until you are stuck in the middle of summer (well almost the middle of summer :P) without one ;) I'd put the fridge right up there with Central Heating.

Housewarming soon (promise!) and address and phone number in privated entry to follow this ;))

Secondly, I have been contacted by the National Blood Service Bone Marrow Register because, apparently, I am a preliminary match with someone. This was quite a surprise to me ;) I'm going along to St Georges Hospital, Tooting on the 13th of June to have another blood test. If everything checks out there then I will be donating some of my bone marrow to someone who needs it.

Just thinking about it makes me go all squishy!

The letter )

Thirdly, the unveiling of the "Deep Throat" who revealed the involvement of Nixon in Watergate has taken place. This is also something that has made me kinda fuzzy inside. This is always something I remember mum being interested in, and I think I see why. I see it as a defining moment in American politics. It's good to see the person taking the credit he deserves.

Finally...

A Meme! )
lizziec: (Default)
Many things to write about :)

Firstly, Ben and I have moved into the flat (yay!) and will be finally getting White Goods (fridge freezer and washer dryer) on Monday \o/ - you don't realise how fantastic the invention of the fridge was until you are stuck in the middle of summer (well almost the middle of summer :P) without one ;) I'd put the fridge right up there with Central Heating.

Housewarming soon (promise!) and address and phone number in privated entry to follow this ;))

Secondly, I have been contacted by the National Blood Service Bone Marrow Register because, apparently, I am a preliminary match with someone. This was quite a surprise to me ;) I'm going along to St Georges Hospital, Tooting on the 13th of June to have another blood test. If everything checks out there then I will be donating some of my bone marrow to someone who needs it.

Just thinking about it makes me go all squishy!

The letter )

Thirdly, the unveiling of the "Deep Throat" who revealed the involvement of Nixon in Watergate has taken place. This is also something that has made me kinda fuzzy inside. This is always something I remember mum being interested in, and I think I see why. I see it as a defining moment in American politics. It's good to see the person taking the credit he deserves.

Finally...

A Meme! )

Awww :(

23 April 2005 08:02 pm
lizziec: (Default)
Sir John Mills died today :(

He was my favourite actor :((

Sucks.

Awww :(

23 April 2005 08:02 pm
lizziec: (Default)
Sir John Mills died today :(

He was my favourite actor :((

Sucks.

Awww :(

23 April 2005 08:02 pm
lizziec: (Default)
Sir John Mills died today :(

He was my favourite actor :((

Sucks.
lizziec: (Default)
I have been prompted to post this morning by the case of Terri Schiavo, (and here and here) a woman in the US who has been in a persistent vegetative state since 1990. Her husband who is her legal guardian wants her to be allowed to die with dignity and has been fighting since 1998 for her feeding tube to be removed. He has been successful on three occasions (including this last one) and twice the decision has been overturned by those on the opposite side, Mrs Schiavo's parents and siblings because they:
"believe she can still lead a fulfilling life".


My take on it is that if there is anything left of this woman, she is trapped, unable to do anything inside this shell of a body. I don't think being trapped like that is in anyway a meaningful existance and I think she should be allowed to die.

It is a difficult decision for people to make and the law courts have constantly approved Mr Schiavo's wishes. I do not think that Congress (overwhelmingly republican) should have got involved and certainly should not be passing laws to prevent it. It is government meddling gone mad, and the wrong people are being caught in the middle. Now we have intervention in this case what is to stop them from doing the same in other cases? Or even make abortion illegal again.*

I hope if anything like that happens to me the people who love me will allow me to die with dignity and not stay like that for fifteen years. It isn't a life. It may bring comfort to the family because in a bodily sense the person they love is not dead, but in my opinion they are worse than dead.

I have been told before that Greif is a selfish emotion, and I agree with it. It is an emotion for the living and not for the dead, one that doesn't take into account how much the dead person would have suffered if they had lived, just how much the living person wishes they hadn't died. I think the case of Mrs Schiavo is grief taken to its most extreme level of selfishness by the parents and siblings. In not wanting her to be dead they are denying her right to dignity, and trying to justify it by telling themselves and the world it is because they know she can have a meaningful existance.

I think that is just unfair to her.


*Abortion is something I don't think I could ever do, but I defend the right of women to it.
lizziec: (Default)
I have been prompted to post this morning by the case of Terri Schiavo, (and here and here) a woman in the US who has been in a persistent vegetative state since 1990. Her husband who is her legal guardian wants her to be allowed to die with dignity and has been fighting since 1998 for her feeding tube to be removed. He has been successful on three occasions (including this last one) and twice the decision has been overturned by those on the opposite side, Mrs Schiavo's parents and siblings because they:
"believe she can still lead a fulfilling life".


My take on it is that if there is anything left of this woman, she is trapped, unable to do anything inside this shell of a body. I don't think being trapped like that is in anyway a meaningful existance and I think she should be allowed to die.

It is a difficult decision for people to make and the law courts have constantly approved Mr Schiavo's wishes. I do not think that Congress (overwhelmingly republican) should have got involved and certainly should not be passing laws to prevent it. It is government meddling gone mad, and the wrong people are being caught in the middle. Now we have intervention in this case what is to stop them from doing the same in other cases? Or even make abortion illegal again.*

I hope if anything like that happens to me the people who love me will allow me to die with dignity and not stay like that for fifteen years. It isn't a life. It may bring comfort to the family because in a bodily sense the person they love is not dead, but in my opinion they are worse than dead.

I have been told before that Greif is a selfish emotion, and I agree with it. It is an emotion for the living and not for the dead, one that doesn't take into account how much the dead person would have suffered if they had lived, just how much the living person wishes they hadn't died. I think the case of Mrs Schiavo is grief taken to its most extreme level of selfishness by the parents and siblings. In not wanting her to be dead they are denying her right to dignity, and trying to justify it by telling themselves and the world it is because they know she can have a meaningful existance.

I think that is just unfair to her.


*Abortion is something I don't think I could ever do, but I defend the right of women to it.
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I have been prompted to post this morning by the case of Terri Schiavo, (and here and here) a woman in the US who has been in a persistent vegetative state since 1990. Her husband who is her legal guardian wants her to be allowed to die with dignity and has been fighting since 1998 for her feeding tube to be removed. He has been successful on three occasions (including this last one) and twice the decision has been overturned by those on the opposite side, Mrs Schiavo's parents and siblings because they:
"believe she can still lead a fulfilling life".


My take on it is that if there is anything left of this woman, she is trapped, unable to do anything inside this shell of a body. I don't think being trapped like that is in anyway a meaningful existance and I think she should be allowed to die.

It is a difficult decision for people to make and the law courts have constantly approved Mr Schiavo's wishes. I do not think that Congress (overwhelmingly republican) should have got involved and certainly should not be passing laws to prevent it. It is government meddling gone mad, and the wrong people are being caught in the middle. Now we have intervention in this case what is to stop them from doing the same in other cases? Or even make abortion illegal again.*

I hope if anything like that happens to me the people who love me will allow me to die with dignity and not stay like that for fifteen years. It isn't a life. It may bring comfort to the family because in a bodily sense the person they love is not dead, but in my opinion they are worse than dead.

I have been told before that Greif is a selfish emotion, and I agree with it. It is an emotion for the living and not for the dead, one that doesn't take into account how much the dead person would have suffered if they had lived, just how much the living person wishes they hadn't died. I think the case of Mrs Schiavo is grief taken to its most extreme level of selfishness by the parents and siblings. In not wanting her to be dead they are denying her right to dignity, and trying to justify it by telling themselves and the world it is because they know she can have a meaningful existance.

I think that is just unfair to her.


*Abortion is something I don't think I could ever do, but I defend the right of women to it.
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Islet transplants are being shown to be successful in Curing Diabetes type I. I don't feel anything I can say on the subject will have as much impact as what my mother posted on her blog about it this morning so I am pointing you all there to get some sort of idea what this means to us as a family.

I will also reiterate what she says at the end:
"The Islet cells that were transplanted into this gentleman were cadaveric ones, they had come from a dead body. That raises again the number of bits of you that are of use to someone else when your life has come to an end. On my driving licence it says that doctors are free to take whatever they want of me to improve someone else's life...when I am done with them, and I'd just like to ask those of you out there to think about whether, if you aren't already you could become a potential donor."
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Islet transplants are being shown to be successful in Curing Diabetes type I. I don't feel anything I can say on the subject will have as much impact as what my mother posted on her blog about it this morning so I am pointing you all there to get some sort of idea what this means to us as a family.

I will also reiterate what she says at the end:
"The Islet cells that were transplanted into this gentleman were cadaveric ones, they had come from a dead body. That raises again the number of bits of you that are of use to someone else when your life has come to an end. On my driving licence it says that doctors are free to take whatever they want of me to improve someone else's life...when I am done with them, and I'd just like to ask those of you out there to think about whether, if you aren't already you could become a potential donor."
lizziec: (Default)
Islet transplants are being shown to be successful in Curing Diabetes type I. I don't feel anything I can say on the subject will have as much impact as what my mother posted on her blog about it this morning so I am pointing you all there to get some sort of idea what this means to us as a family.

I will also reiterate what she says at the end:
"The Islet cells that were transplanted into this gentleman were cadaveric ones, they had come from a dead body. That raises again the number of bits of you that are of use to someone else when your life has come to an end. On my driving licence it says that doctors are free to take whatever they want of me to improve someone else's life...when I am done with them, and I'd just like to ask those of you out there to think about whether, if you aren't already you could become a potential donor."
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Yay Asda!

You continue to be pervayors of fine taste throughout the United Kingdom.
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Yay Asda!

You continue to be pervayors of fine taste throughout the United Kingdom.
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Yay Asda!

You continue to be pervayors of fine taste throughout the United Kingdom.
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These pictures have been put together by an artist called Caroline Cardus. The exhibition is of road signs on a disability theme and is very interesting. As an able bodied person it certainly makes me think.
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These pictures have been put together by an artist called Caroline Cardus. The exhibition is of road signs on a disability theme and is very interesting. As an able bodied person it certainly makes me think.
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These pictures have been put together by an artist called Caroline Cardus. The exhibition is of road signs on a disability theme and is very interesting. As an able bodied person it certainly makes me think.
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This morning [livejournal.com profile] benc pointed me at an article he had read via his RSS feeds that had appeared in the Observer. This article is the account of a British man who was detained in Guantanamo Bay for 33 Months and it is truly horrifying. I don't usually quote from the bible and those who know me best will know that I'm in a very confusing place right now wrt religion, but I feel John 8:7 sums up perfectly what the attitude of the Coalition should be in all this. "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone". Everyone knows that no person or country can be perfect but that they should try as hard as they can to be beyond recrimination. In their "War Upon Terror" the "coalition" is doing things that makes them as bad as, if not worse than the people who committed the September 11th atrocities. Do they really think that by performing torture and denying people their basic human rights they are going to gain support? All they are doing is turning more and more people against them as a country and Bush's regieme.

If this is the price of freeing the world from terrorism I want no part of it.

Not In My Name
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This morning [livejournal.com profile] benc pointed me at an article he had read via his RSS feeds that had appeared in the Observer. This article is the account of a British man who was detained in Guantanamo Bay for 33 Months and it is truly horrifying. I don't usually quote from the bible and those who know me best will know that I'm in a very confusing place right now wrt religion, but I feel John 8:7 sums up perfectly what the attitude of the Coalition should be in all this. "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone". Everyone knows that no person or country can be perfect but that they should try as hard as they can to be beyond recrimination. In their "War Upon Terror" the "coalition" is doing things that makes them as bad as, if not worse than the people who committed the September 11th atrocities. Do they really think that by performing torture and denying people their basic human rights they are going to gain support? All they are doing is turning more and more people against them as a country and Bush's regieme.

If this is the price of freeing the world from terrorism I want no part of it.

Not In My Name
lizziec: (Default)
This morning [livejournal.com profile] benc pointed me at an article he had read via his RSS feeds that had appeared in the Observer. This article is the account of a British man who was detained in Guantanamo Bay for 33 Months and it is truly horrifying. I don't usually quote from the bible and those who know me best will know that I'm in a very confusing place right now wrt religion, but I feel John 8:7 sums up perfectly what the attitude of the Coalition should be in all this. "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone". Everyone knows that no person or country can be perfect but that they should try as hard as they can to be beyond recrimination. In their "War Upon Terror" the "coalition" is doing things that makes them as bad as, if not worse than the people who committed the September 11th atrocities. Do they really think that by performing torture and denying people their basic human rights they are going to gain support? All they are doing is turning more and more people against them as a country and Bush's regieme.

If this is the price of freeing the world from terrorism I want no part of it.

Not In My Name
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Every so often there is someone who touches your life just though their writing. You don't know them but their bravery and determination communicated to your through their writing touches and moves you in ways that you could not even imagine and has a huge impact on your life and way of thinking.

One such person for me was Ivan Noble.

Ivan was a write for the BBC website when he was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2002. He kept a remarkable tumor diary and did his best to de-mystify and educate people about cancer. I have read it from the beginning and would urge anyone who reads this entry to do the same, because it shows what a remarkable man he was. He is a person I very much respected.

His diary was updated for the last time last week (I wrote about it here) and on Monday he died.

Considering I never knew and will never know him I am bizarrely upset. I wanted him to win his fight. I wanted him to be there to see his children grow up, I wanted them to know him properly, I wanted his wife never to know the sorrow of widowhood and being left with two young children. Now I'm crying and I can't even explain why properly.

He was an amazing man and I hope that if I should ever be diagnosed with a such an illness (and I really hope I never am) that I can face it with even half of the bravery he showed.

My thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.
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Every so often there is someone who touches your life just though their writing. You don't know them but their bravery and determination communicated to your through their writing touches and moves you in ways that you could not even imagine and has a huge impact on your life and way of thinking.

One such person for me was Ivan Noble.

Ivan was a write for the BBC website when he was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2002. He kept a remarkable tumor diary and did his best to de-mystify and educate people about cancer. I have read it from the beginning and would urge anyone who reads this entry to do the same, because it shows what a remarkable man he was. He is a person I very much respected.

His diary was updated for the last time last week (I wrote about it here) and on Monday he died.

Considering I never knew and will never know him I am bizarrely upset. I wanted him to win his fight. I wanted him to be there to see his children grow up, I wanted them to know him properly, I wanted his wife never to know the sorrow of widowhood and being left with two young children. Now I'm crying and I can't even explain why properly.

He was an amazing man and I hope that if I should ever be diagnosed with a such an illness (and I really hope I never am) that I can face it with even half of the bravery he showed.

My thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.
lizziec: (Default)
Every so often there is someone who touches your life just though their writing. You don't know them but their bravery and determination communicated to your through their writing touches and moves you in ways that you could not even imagine and has a huge impact on your life and way of thinking.

One such person for me was Ivan Noble.

Ivan was a write for the BBC website when he was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2002. He kept a remarkable tumor diary and did his best to de-mystify and educate people about cancer. I have read it from the beginning and would urge anyone who reads this entry to do the same, because it shows what a remarkable man he was. He is a person I very much respected.

His diary was updated for the last time last week (I wrote about it here) and on Monday he died.

Considering I never knew and will never know him I am bizarrely upset. I wanted him to win his fight. I wanted him to be there to see his children grow up, I wanted them to know him properly, I wanted his wife never to know the sorrow of widowhood and being left with two young children. Now I'm crying and I can't even explain why properly.

He was an amazing man and I hope that if I should ever be diagnosed with a such an illness (and I really hope I never am) that I can face it with even half of the bravery he showed.

My thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.
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Apparently the new variable fees may boost student debt

Wow.

Wish I'd thought of that... *rolls eyes*
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Apparently the new variable fees may boost student debt

Wow.

Wish I'd thought of that... *rolls eyes*
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Apparently the new variable fees may boost student debt

Wow.

Wish I'd thought of that... *rolls eyes*
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roflmao :D

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