Former Nurse Discusses Terri Schindler-Schiavo's Capabilities

From BlogsforTerri, "Former Nurse Reveals Terri Schiavo's Capabilities".

"Carla Sauer Iyer, a nurse who cared for Terri Schiavo from April 1995 to July 1996 at Palm Garden of Largo Convalescent Center was recently interviewed by David Allen. Although we’ve posted several articles in the past based on her affidavits [e.g., here], she revealed a few additional details in the interview that have not been widely reported.

During the period in which she daily cared for Terri there was no publicity. “Just Michael [Terri's husband] trying to accelerate her death,” she said. Iyer explained that she would often sneak Terri’s parents, the Schindlers, into see her and that Michael refused to allow therapy of any kind. In fact, he was physically intimidating and would very loudly command the nurses “this is my order and you're going to follow it.”

“We were very intimidated … the whole place,” Iyer revealed, adding that some nurses had a restraining order against Michael Schiavo because his “behavior was so bad.”

When Terri had a urinary or upper respiratory tract infection Michael was visibly excited and would visit more often, asking “is she dead yet?” According to Iyer, at one point Michael exclaimed, “When is that b**** going to die?”

After Michael’s visits, Iyer stated that Terri, at times, became symptomatic for hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Iyer said she found an unexplainable bottle of fast acting insulin concealed in Terri’s wastebasket that she speculates could have been used to induce the condition. She filed a police report but heard nothing further regarding the incident. Subsequently she received death threats she believes were related to notifying the authorities and was later released from her position as a caregiver because of her actions in support of Terri.

The nurses, including Iyer, interacted with Terri and daily witnessed her respond, laugh, and make requests. “We had her at the front of the nurse’s station… everyone loved Terri,” Iyer said.

When asked about the accuracy of the videos available on the internet Iyer said they were realistic but failed to capture Terri’s personality and, if anything, did not represent the extent of Terri’s ability to respond and communicate.

Iyer witnessed Terri consuming pudding and milkshakes every night and has previously testified that she fed Terri Jello. She witnessed Terri responding to her name, following others with her eyes and head and even moving her body with purpose..."

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posted by Linda on March 16, 2005 04:29 AM

It is still unbelievable that this has gotten this far. This judge Greer has to be either totally fooled or taking money under the table. I have already called my representatives. How many times can I call? I know one thing, When Michael meets his maker he is going to be doing alot of explaining. He'll get his final judgement.

Posted by: Lucy Stern at March 16, 2005 12:40 PM

I agree totally, Lucy. There's so much more here than meets the eye, and unfortunately, it all points to graft and corruption.

I hope and pray from the bottom of my heart and soul that we can save Terri and others like her-- I don't think we can write and call our representatives too often; these people work for us and are accountable to us -- no matter how much they may like to think otherwise. If they won't hold themselves accountable to our Will as the People, then we'll make sure that they no longer represent us the next time we vote.

Your final point is one that does give me some grim comfort: no matter how things work out on this earthly Vale of Tears, there are still Higher Judges -- or in your case, a Judge of Judges -- who will know exactly what is in the hearts of George Greer and Michael Schiavo and George Felos, and who will make sure that they get EXACTLY what they deserve once they shuffle off the mortal coil.

Posted by: Linda at March 16, 2005 04:05 PM