Karen Weber is a fresh case for a pitch for advance directives, that's all.
WTVG -- The Advance Care Planning Coalition says you need to make it clear who will speak for you if you can't.
A feeding tube keeps her alive. Her sister wants to keep her on it, but her husband does not. What you can do if it happens to you? The message is to talk to your family.
Karen Weber, 57, is caught in the middle of an emotional struggle and a legal battle. In December, a stroke left Weber partially paralyzed. She's currently in a Florida nursing home while her sister lives in Sylvania Township. She explains Karen can still laugh, cry, and nod yes or no, but that she can't live without a feeding tube.
Her husband wants to take her off it, but members of Karen's family have filed an injunction which temporarily prevents him from doing so. This type of conflict can be avoided with a living will. The Advance Care Planning Coalition says you don't need a lawyer. You just need to make it clear who will speak for you if you can't. "And since there are different decisions that can be made, depending on a person's values, the more they tell their family ahead of time, and even get it in writing, the better that care will be," says RN Patti Beach.....
Bush is in a tight spot indeed. With Democratic strategists like Lockhart hopeful that the slew of blunders on Social Security has pierced the White Houses aura of political invincibility, Social Security may seem a harbinger of rough waters ahead for the GOP. The same Wall Street Journal/NBC poll found the Republican base splintering on a number of key issues, from reinsertion of Terri Schiavos feeding tube to banning the use of filibusters on judicial nominees. Says Lockhart: I think Democrats are in a wonderful position to sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.