Straight Up with Sherri

Saturday, April 09, 2005










... and receiving IV fluids, nourishment and some of the finest medical care available in the United States!

Praise be the name of the Lord GOD...
Thanks to Terri's friends...
It would NEVER ever have been possible without bloggers who love life , and the truth!!

I am racing from my home to UAB now and will type a detailed update after I see my Aunt Mae!

Thanks guys, your calls, emails, blogs and prayers did it ALL!!!

I so love you guys!!!!!!!!!!

Ken Mullinax, nephew of Mae


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  • Let us pray our thanks to the Lord for His divine intervention and grace.

    By Blogger Right Wing Nut Job, at 3:28 PM  

  • Sherri, thank you for rallying to Mae's cause. I am convinced similar and worse situations are going on across the country. One lesson we can take from Mae's predicament: go ballistic the second your gut tells you your loved one is in danger. You have to start screaming loud and fast, otherwise it'll be too late and your person will become another statitsic. Ken Mullinax, with the help of many ordinary citizens, followed his gut and appears to have won the day.

    I am really curious to read further details about how Mae's rescue was accomplished.

    By Anonymous SallyVee, at 4:18 PM  

  • Sally, her grandaughter probably doesn't have the hate that scumbag Michael S. did, that's why she was brought out I think.
    Thank You Jesus!!!!! This is so wonderful!

    By Anonymous Marine Momma, at 4:25 PM  

  • It would be fascinating if, should she be able to speak again in the near future, she puts a DNR order on herself.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:26 PM  

  • ANON

    Thanks for that!

    I think you just so make our point.

    The mere fact that you would call it "fascinating" speaks volumes.

    By Blogger Straight Up with Sherri, at 4:35 PM  

  • anon:

    what we be "fascinating" about that?

    By Blogger jlfintx, at 4:35 PM  

  • PIMF

    that should say what "would" be not what we be.

    By Blogger jlfintx, at 4:36 PM  

  • LOL I didn't know "fascinating" was too big a word for you guys. Might wanna look it up (Sherri I know that you in particular have problems with big words, like God-fearing).

    Try once in a while. Then tell me that you do not have an "intense interest" in this case.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:43 PM  

  • Most likely Auntie Mae has some valuable china or a piece of land somewhere that Kenny Mullinax wants to get his hands on. He does nothing to help his dearest aunt for 10 years, but the minute she goes into the hospital he suddenly wants power of attorney...

    Y'all have been had. Mullinax knew all the right buttons to push, and it whipped the blogosphere into a frenzy. Mae Magouirk was eating on her own -- why would she even need a feeding tube?

    This is nothing but a small town dispute over an inheritance. Probably a thousand cases just like it everyday. The only difference is this one involved a former Democratic spin-meister.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:54 PM  

  • Thank the Lord for Mae's deliverance. And thank you Sherri.

    Anonymous at 4:54 p.m. Do have any evidence at all for your assertions, or are you just spinning dark cobwebs from your soul?

    By Blogger levi from queens, at 5:00 PM  

  • And the proof, 4:54 anonymous, is . . . ???? Until you can come up with something more tangible than just words, you've left yourself wide open for a lawsuit, which is probably why you're signing yourself "anonymous" . . .

    By Blogger Lola, at 5:11 PM  

  • YAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! Thank God! Sherri & all of you who stayed on this - GOOD JOB!!! Bless you!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:11 PM  

  • Anonymous 4:54, there is a verse in the Bible that says "God works everything together for good for those who love Him". If we err on the side of life, it is better than to err on the side of death from which there is no recuse. If however someone is determined to die, they will and can make that happen much more easily than it is becoming possible to be allowed to live... (As the son of my best friends, who ended his life violently with a gun at the age of 19...) We know that Mae's living will stated very clearly that nutrition/fluids be withheld only in the case of coma or vegetative state. And she was neither of these. Would you say her living will should not be honored then? Only because she was too sedated to speak? She did not have a durable medical power of attorney, made while lucid. If we have erred on the side of life (and I think the next few days will show no error), it is the better thing, especially in light of her written wishes. God can work everything together for good.

    By Anonymous Juleni, at 5:25 PM  

  • Nope. I don't have any evidence -- just some secondhand experience with probate law and a good nose for BS.

    But just look at the proof that y'all are working with: One man's word.

    By Anonymous Anonymous at 4:54, at 5:26 PM  

  • Anonymous at 4:54 -- thank you for the reply.

    By Blogger levi from queens, at 5:41 PM  

  • juleni, here's the thing... I completely agree with you. We should err on the side of life. ESPECIALLY in cases like Mae's where there is a LIVING WILL that says the person would want to have a feeding tube and the like.

    But it's just not clear what's going on this case. Kenneth Mullinax has asked us to take his side and not to consider anyone's point of view but his own. He's painted himself as a crusader in saving his Aunt Mae's life and claims to be attacked by "THE OPPOSITION".

    Just who is this opposition though? His cousin, the Christian school teacher who has cared for Mrs. Magouirk for 10 years? The judge who didn't even make a final ruling in the case (the attorneys settled)? The hospice that wants nothing more than to kill the elderly? The textile company that owns the hospice and controls the small town? The entire Bible-belt town that somehow gets clannish satisfaction in seeing his aunt die? Or is it only the entire "Culture of Death" who've been working in secret to turn old people into dogfood?

    By Anonymous Anonymous at 4:54, at 5:54 PM  

  • Nope. I don't have any evidence -- just some secondhand experience with probate law and a good nose for BS.

    But just look at the proof that y'all are working with: One man's word.

    Wow - people like you are just something else-people like you are why our country is such a mess right now.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:06 PM  

  • Anonymous said...
    It would be fascinating if, should she be able to speak again in the near future, she puts a DNR order on herself.

    Fascinating? You have a pretty strange idea of entertainment. However, if she does, what would be "fascinating" about that? It would be HER choice, not someone else's who thinks it's "time for her to go home to Jesus." Odd, the things that entertain some peope - ever hear the old saying, "doesn't take much to amuse small minds?"

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:09 PM  

  • Anonymous 5.54, it is good to err on the side of life while we don't know everything yet. We know that Ken M. has not slept since Thursday morning and has been dealing with his own mother being hospitalized in the past two days as well as his aunt now, also,and he probably has much more to communicate once he has time. We will have to wait for that, and aren't able to contact Gaddy (people have tried from what I have read), so we must wait. Sometimes that is the hardest thing to do, wait. However, it is good to err on the side of life while waiting to hear the whole story. Nothing bad has occurred. We know it is her wish to live if not comatose or vegetative. She is treatable per doctors, and now it appears she is being flown to a hospital for that very treatment. We can wait to see what she says. We can wait to find out what all comes out. I do know that the whole family was waiting since Monday, April 4th when the emergency hearing occurred before Judge Boyd, for the three doctors to meet, and to decide, and the doctors had not met yet and days were ticking by (by Thursday!). I think Ken's struggle was just to get Mae some temporary feeding through a nose tube until the doctors made their decision, since she has had so little nourishment or fluids since March 28th. He was frustrated that the judge disallowed a question during the hearing that could show Mae could be treated successfully without surgery, because that could have allowed for a temporary feeding tube. (All per his letter he wrote - see Blogs for Terri). So I think he was becoming anxious for her life. As to why he was anxious for her life, we cannot see into his heart, nor into Gabby's heart. Yes, I know that Gabby was caring for her grandmother for 10 years, and bless her for it. Please remember that Ken is a nephew though, and not a son or a grandson. When I think about my nephews and nieces, my sibling's children, I love them and am somewhat close to them, but I don't think they will be the ones to whom my care will fall when elderly, especially if I live in a different town than they. I think that would fall to my children or children's children, especially if in the same town (and that is one more thing we do not know - where was the generation in between Mae and Gaddy? See we have so many unknowns. But those are not reasons to err on anything but the side of life.) We know Ken seemed to have cared about his aunt, because he was visiting Mae at the hospice when told by a nurse there, that Mae had not received substantial treatment since March 28th. We cannot know his heart. We do know he cares a great deal about his mom, to have gone to the hospital with her. We know his mom cares about her sister, if it is true that she said in the hospital "don't worry about me, go save Mae". We may not know yet if these things are absolute, but neither do we know if things said by Gabby are absolute. We can't know that on either side. But we do know that Gaddy was not the medical power of attorney for her grandma when the decision was made to put Mae into a hospice (a place to die) as opposed to a hospital (a place to survive); that was the decision of doctors who told Gabby that it was the thing to do. The judge, the attorneys have been contacted and can verify many of the facts of the case. And knowing only the facts that we can verify, it still comes back to that it is good to err on the side of life until we know everything.

    I'm sorry I've been so long winded, Anonymous, but your questions made for much thought as they should. As to the opposition? Dont' know. Perhaps just something as simple as the doctors who advised that Mae should be put into a hospice instead of a hospital, if this was misguided. I am a bit tired now, I hope you will understand Anonymous. I may go take a rest for a bit. But if you post more, I'll be glad to discuss more.

    By Anonymous Juleni, at 7:25 PM  

  • Most likely Auntie Mae has some valuable china or a piece of land somewhere that Kenny Mullinax wants to get his hands on.

    It's my understanding that Beth Gaddy is the sole beneficiary of Mae's will. Blows THAT theory, huh?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:39 PM  

  • "It would be fascinating if, should she be able to speak again in the near future, she puts a DNR order on herself." -- Anonymous

    Maybe it would be, but it would at least be HER decision.

    By Anonymous Bill M, at 9:22 PM  

  • Evidently where you got your information about Beth Gaddy being the sole beneficiary is incorrect. So that blows your theory too!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:02 AM  

  • I really think that we need to just blow off people like anonymous. There are just some folks who are cheerleaders for death and assume that if you don't want somebody to die you must have evil motives. "There are those who call good evil, and evil good."

    And if Mae's other relatives were slacking and letting all the work fall on the granddaughter, then we can pray that the others will step up now.

    It truly is a sad reflection on our society, though, that as soon as somebody DOESN'T want an incapacitated person put to death, folks come crawling out of the woodwork saying that they must be evil!

    By Blogger GrannyGrump, at 1:20 AM  

  • If the bloggers have been had, which I doubt, the words that will fly against the man behind these shenanigans will be worse than most things that have been tossed into the ether yet.

    However if she were really in such distress don't you think, anonymouse, that she would have been at hospice still?

    By Blogger Kender, at 2:17 AM  

  • It would be good to see some mainstream coverage, and some documentation. (Not that this would convince the "better living through death" crowd, but it would make us more credible to Mom and Pop when they're trying to sort this all out. Has Ken built a web site? The only thing I've been able to find is a statement by the Hospice Patients' Alliance, that they've not been able to confirm anything but it does fit common patterns. Any court documents? Investigative reports?

    I mean, sure I'd rather err on the side of life, but I don't know Ken.

    By Blogger GrannyGrump, at 5:09 AM  

  • Sherri claims she talked straight to the judge (and then told everybody else not to). Sherri's reputation is on the line -- it must be true.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:42 PM  

  • So, anonymous(es), it's your contention that Mullinax made a deal with the right-wing, right-to-life devil (he being a Democrat aide and all) to further a bid for his aunt's estate... Have I got it right? And in doing so, especially in drawing his own mother into the fray as Mrs. Magouirk's nearest relative, he indirectly endangered his mother's life? And went on an outspoken conservative's nationally-syndicated radio program, in tears for part of it, to tell his bogus story, ending by "coming out" as a born-again advocate for life? (Apologies for cognitive dissonance engendered by those two cliches in the same sentence.)

    Wow. She must be rich.

    By Blogger Jamie, at 2:16 PM  

  • Ken M.'s letter to Blogs for Terri explains it all now. See the top article today at Back to what RWNJ said at the first. Let us pray our thanks to the Lord for His devine intervention and grace.

    By Anonymous Juleni, at 4:46 PM  

  • It was WND and the bloggers that saved Mae, not God. Geez.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:55 PM  

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