Saturday, March 26, 2005
Terris Starvation Watch -- Day Eight.
By now, she is likely experiencing most or all of the following:
dry, warm skin; incontinence; cramping in the arms and legs; crying with few or no tears; headaches; dry mouth, dry tongue; with thick saliva. She will soon go into hypovolaemic shock, in which these symptoms will become more pronounced, and these additional symptoms will develop: cool moist extremities, a rapid and feeble pulse; low or undetectable blood pressure, and peripheral cyanosis. She may also experience severe muscle contractions in the arms, legs, stomach, and back; convulsions; a bloated stomach; sunken, dry eyes, with few or no tears; a breakdown in the skin's composition, cuasing a general softening and wrinkling of the skin and loss of elasticity, and rapid and deep breathing, much faster than normal.
These symptoms of dehydration are compounded by malnourishment, which is likely causing her to feel even worse.
Fr. Rob Johansen has posted what Terri's hospice calls her "Exit Protocol" (a chilling, vaguely Orwellian title). It describes in more detail what she will experience.