3. comfort food
4. organizing with our wonderful, righteous, loving civil rights community.
5. fighting like hell for the America we all know we can be, protecting our brothers/sisters/siblings who will come under attack,struggling to move the law forward or at least not back, and building a coalition that will elect strong, good leaders in 2018 and 2020.
Welcome to the Oregon experience.
Some doctors coerce patients. The following classic letter from an Oregonian is an example.
Hello from Oregon.
When my husband was seriously ill several years ago, I collapsed in a half-exhausted heap in a chair once I got him into the doctor’s office, relieved that we were going to get badly needed help (or so I thought).
To my surprise and horror, during the exam I overheard the doctor giving my husband a sales pitch for assisted suicide. ‘Think of what it will spare your wife, we need to think of her’ he said, as a clincher.
Now, if the doctor had wanted to say ‘I don’t see any way I can help you, knowing what I know, and having the skills I have’ that would have been one thing. If he’d wanted to opine that certain treatments weren’t worth it as far as he could see, that would be one thing. But he was tempting my husband to commit suicide. And that is something different.
I was indignant that the doctor was not only trying to decide what was best for David, but also what was supposedly best for me (without even consulting me, no less).
We got a different doctor, and David lived another five years or so. But after that nightmare in the first doctor’s office, and encounters with a ‘death with dignity’ inclined nurse, I was afraid to leave my husband alone again with doctors and nurses, for fear they’d morph from care providers to enemies, with no one around to stop them.
It’s not a good thing, wondering who you can trust in a hospital or clinic. I hope you are spared this in Hawaii.
Kathryn Judson, Oregon”
Doctors are human too. My brother had a stroke that left his right arm useless and his speech impaired. He asked me to contact his doctor to explain that he did not need the antidepressants that the doctor had prescribed for him because he was not depressed. The doctor’s response was “Would not you be depressed in his condition?”
We trust our doctors but we do not want to tempt them with the power to coerce their patients to cut short their life with legal assisted suicide.
Colorado’s non transparent Prop 106 simply allows non voluntary euthanasia.
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I’m somewhere between comfort food (pumpkin pie! jam filled shortbread! homemade ravioli!) and organizing with all sorts of allies. But at the moment, I’m feeling like my biggest contribution may be my ability to supply carbohydrates to the hungry & hurting masses.
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