Monday, March 14, 2005

Saint Cranky?

The Prioress
You scored 7% Cardinal, 61% Monk, 64% Lady, and 37% Knight!

You are a moral person and are also highly intellectual. You like your
solitude but are also kind and helpful to those around you. Guided by a
belief in the goodness of mankind you will likely be christened a saint
after your life is over.

You scored high as both the Lady and the Monk. You can try again to
get a more precise description of either the Monk or the lady, or you
can be happy that you're an individual.

Link: The Who Would You Be in 1400 AD Test written by KnightlyKnave on Ok Cupid
I came across the link to this on Anne Basso's Our Homeschool, she tested as Prioress but I would most certainly expect that the description that the test spat out for me would be more applicable to her than to me (since I'm pretty far from a Saint).

The importance of communicating with your family before you're unable to do so

Anyone who pays even occasional attention to the news should be familiar with the case of Terri Schiavo, who has been in a Persistent Vegetative State after a hypoxic brain injury in 1990. Terri's parents are at odds with her husband who, as her Legally Authorized Representative, has stated that his wife would not want to live in this condition and legal battles have been raging between the two camps for years. Part of the battle, which has been joined by "Pro-Life" activists, Jeb Bush and, more recently, some very conservative Congressmen who have proposed Federal Legislation aimed to "ensure that in very select cases - where there is a judicial dispute about the perceived wishes of the incapacitated individual and a court ordered cessation of nutrition, hydration and medical treatment - that proper legal representation is provided for individuals who have no voice for themselves and whose lives hang in the balance." I'm not sure it's correct to say that this case has not had an appropriate level of judicial review and I have to admit, I wonder if additional legislation will not require every dispute of this kind go to the Supreme Court any time a court rules on the side of withdrawing life support.

In any case, this is an opportune time to remind people how very important it is to discuss your own views regarding what degree of intervention and what circumstances you would/would not want continued intervention in the face of medical conditions that would impact your ability to make your own medical decisions. Since one rarely knows in advance when an emergent care situation like this will arise, it makes sense to obtain an advanced directive/living will now. Another subject you should also discuss with your family is organ and tissue donation; after all, why take your organs with you to heaven. . .heaven knows we need them here?

Now, thanks to Dignan, I need to listen to Vicar in a Tutu now.


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