Archive for ‘From the Field’

August 16, 2012

Wuesthoff Medical Center ER – Rockledge Florida – Dope dealers for children

We’re supposed to want to keep drugs away from our kids – right?

Isn’t that the whole point of existence – is to learn when to say NO? Use the least harsh method?

Here’s a glimpse at my ER visit in Florida this morning, July 24, 2012. We are in Rockledge Florida – Brevard County – visiting my eldest daughter. Grace has just come from very arid Montana to very humid Florida. In Montana, there is no pool in the backyard. We swim in the creek, or go to town to the big pool.

Well….Miss Gracey is part fish. She LOVES to swim. She has lived in the pool to a point I almost had to drag her out physically as she was burning her skin. She has been underwater constantly – using a mask – and also used the Hooka underwater scuba trainer – which I’m sure blew some air in those ears under water……

Perfect setup for Swimmers Ear if I ever saw it. Wish I would have thought in advance for it.

Can’t win em all……

So….

Grace had an earache this morning. 4am to be exact – a REAL howler of one – had her howlin anyways.

We wake up Sis – and Tom gets the truck – and off to Wuesthoff Medical Center – Rockledge – ER

We are met with an empty waiting room – and an hour wait. It is visibly apparent Grace is in pain – and we waited….and waited….the whole time Grace lamenting “They wouldn’t do this to me in MT. They’d have me right in there!”

All I could do was hold her – and wait. We FINALLY get into a room – and after another half hour wait in a virtually empty ER we are blessed with the presence of a Dr. G Edward Mallory, DO

Dr Mallory professes that Grace’s problem is due to serious sinus infections and allergies – and recommends we have a follow up with their partner pediatrician within 2 days – to check on her serious otitis media. I asked him if those allergies could have developed in the past 10 days or so since she arrived in Florida – as she has no history of allergies, or serious sinus infections.

Mind you – Grace and I share the same family physician, who has been my personal Dr for 27 years. He delivered Grace. He delivered ALL of my children. He knows EVERY issue any of my kids have EVER had. All my kids saw Jim until they moved out and away. He knows every little intricate detail of their health issues all through their lives, as I have any records from any other visits sent anywhere else to him for his files.

I trust him with my life. I trust him with my children’s life.

Then – this ER Physician? Dr Mallory – well – he has the BALLS to ask me if I would like 2 days worth of vicodin (8 pills – to be specific) for Grace for her pain.

I informed that dumbass that I was highly offended he would even SUGGEST vicodin for SWIMMERS EAR – and told him we wanted the pain drops – and something to dry the ear up. “I am 45 years old and have never taken a Vicodin in MY life – how DARE you attempt to prescribe it for my TWELVE YEAR OLD DAUGHTER!”

Well – that dope dealer scurried right on out of there – Gracie got her drops and is sleeping soundly – and we will be sure to use the swim ear I picked up once her infection is gone.

When the RN came in after the Doc to take care of things – I told her what transpired and that I was NOT happy about it.

She gave me a double thumbs up and told Grace she had a good Mom to look out for her. Nurse Boggs – you have my undying respect.

OH MY GOD FLORIDA!!!! What in the HELL? You tolerate this? Even my 12 year old knew it was WRONG.

HELLS BALLS – get to FIRING these guys before they damage more of our kids! He wanted to be “sensitive to her pain” with Vicodin at TWELVE for SWIMMERS EAR – what the HELL would he do for her at 21 when she is fully addicted???

I learned a very valuable lesson with this one trip to a Dr in Florida. People are sheep! “Do what the Dr says”

How many of you out there would have just taken the pain meds for your children? How many parents out there question doctors? Question their treatment?

“Do what the Dr says” – we are raised with that principle.

Well…..I contend that you need to “Do what the Dr says” after you evaluate things yourself too. ASK QUESTIONS – ask for alternatives – and QUESTION AUTHORITY – especially when it comes to your children.

If I would have taken that Vicodin prescription and given it to Grace I sincerely believe we would not have had as successful day as we had. As it was – as soon as the Aralgan drops went in her ear – her pain stopped. IMMEDIATELY

We got her home – and she slept over 4 hours – very peacefully – and Mom didn’t have to keep checking her breathing or heart rate – as she has never been on a heavy narcotic like Vicodin.

Grace woke up well rested – and not groggy or out of whack.

She has been perfect ever since.

Our children are our most precious commodities – we must protect them. It’s a pretty sad day when we have to protect them from a Doctor.

June 29, 2012

Bob Crouse is NOT GUILTY!

Congratulations Bob! Not Guilty on ALL counts!

Jury selection started this past Monday – and even despite the top priority #1 fire in the nation, the Waldo Canyon Fire, which forced  Bob and his ailing mother to evacuate their home directly before the trial, and caused mass destruction to the community of Colorado Springs all week, the trial ensued.

Waldo Canyon Fire. Bob’s trial started 6-25-12. This picture was taken 6-26-12

Bob Crouse – not guilty on ALL counts!

Thank you to the Jurors, many who may have been under threat from fire and remained in their positions. Thank you to the defense attorneys – for working hard, and allowing us to educate them to help fight Bob;s case.

Thank you to the people. Friends, family, and supporters of Bob Crouse.

It has been a LONG hard ride – and Bob SO deserves the rest.

Go get better now Bob. BEAT that leukemia. Teach all them grandbabies how to fish – and enthrall them with tales of Yakky Bob.

HUGEST OF HUGS AND LOVE!

See video from the courtroom HERE

 

June 24, 2012

Bob Crouse is a patient NOT a criminal

Meet Bob

Looks pretty good huh?

You may recall him from this post

Bob Crouse misplaced his leukemia

Lab results and everything. Bob has been doing a wonderful job beating his disease.

Let’s hope he can continue to do so.

You see  – the District Attorney in Colorado Springs seems to have it out for medical marijuana – and any folks who may choose to utilize medical marijuana in El Paso County.

Bob’s case goes to trial Monday morning  June 25, 2012.

I hope as many of you out there who can attend – PLEASE DO! Bob NEEDS support from as many folks as he can get – and El Pas County needs to see that prosecuting patients is just NOT RIGHT and a huge waste of taxpayer monies.

I hope as many of you out there who can attend do. It starts Monday and will more than likely go all week for certain. With the 4th of July upon us – they are going to want to wrap that case up before they have to sequester a jury for any major holiday.

There are events all week in Colorado Springs – here is an update I got from Mark Slaugh – with iComply and CSMCC

Next Monday is Bob Crouse’s Rally for Freedom as he goes on trial. They will be picking the jury that morning and it’s very important we rally as many people as we can to support Bob. Colorado Springs needs to know that we, as a community, will not stand for the prosecution of Cancer Patients who use cannabis.

 

Bob Crouse Freedom Rally

Monday, June 25th 2012

7am to 1pm  – El Paso County Courthouse

(EVERY DAY @ SAME PLACE AND TIME WHILE BOB IS ON TRIAL)

After the rally and first day of Trial, join Audrey for a class on nutrition.

Audrey’s Class on Nutrition
Monday June 25th 2012

7pm – Vibrant Health Clinic – 313 N. Tejon St. Ste 11, 80903

The First patient advocacy group meeting will be in July.

We will be discussing patient issues and plans of actions for many of the major issues impacting our rights; so come out.

 

C4CPR Patient Advocacy Meeting
Wednesday June 27th 2012

7pm – Lofty’s – Fountain and Weber, 80903

Also, we’re having our Veterans Cannabis Council meeting the next night at Lofty’s @ 7pm. Please invite your vets.
Here’s a facebook link if you haven’t liked their page yet. http://www.facebook.com/VetsCann

VetsCann Meeting
Tuesday, June 26th 2012
7pm – Lofty’s @ Fountain and Weber, 80903

Finally, we have a CSMCC Industry Mixer next Thursday at the Warehouse Restaurant. I’ve attached the flyer for your review and we have a very important guest coming. 

Please join us to find out what the Department of Revenue is doing with the MMED and what the future looks like approaching July 1.

 

CSMCC June Mixer
Thursday, June 28th 2012

7pm – Warehouse Restaurant @ 25 W. Cimmaron St. 80903

Bob Crouse Life Celebration Flyer 25TH (2)

CSMCC INDUSTRY MIXER – June 2012

May 23, 2012

Patients Out of Time Clinical Cannabis Conference

I am excited to return to Colorado from Arizona, and the Patients Out of Time 7th National Clinical Cannabis Conference in Tucson, Arizona  April 26-28, 2012.

WHAT AN EVENT!

I had waited in anticipation so anxiously for over 18 months. The weeks before the conference were maddening. I felt like a child the eve before Christmas morning.

I was not disappointed either. Almost everybody a person could hope to meet on the medical cannabis side of things was there. Dr Russo and his daughter Sarah, Dr Weil, Mary Lynn and Al, Elvy, Dr Courtney, Melanie Drehrer, the list goes on and on…..please be sure to visit http://www.medicalcannabis.com for followup. The entire conference was filmed – and is available online. The CE portions will be available for a fee in the near future. Here is a video of Dr. Andrew Weil from the conference. (Click link silly – it’s active). Also – please be sure to find Patients Out of Time on Facebook.

Please be sure to add Patients Out of Time to your groups to support. This incredible conference was their 7th national clinical conference in 14 years. They hold them every 2 years. We will be rolling out a pledge program for the group – stay tuned – and please – support the science and research.

Every bit of our efforts rely on credible science and knowledge.  It is imperative we have a strong voice, and solid support for Patients Out of Time.

I had the honor of helping Jacki Rickert prepare for her day and assisting her throughout the day on the day she spoke. Jacki is an amazing woman, I was quite stunned to learn her story. Jacki was one of the 28 patients who was completely approved for the Federal IND Program, before it was shut down. She has been waiting 22 years for the Fedral Government to send her any cannabis.

For years, Jacki Rickert has been asking, “Is My Medicine Legal Yet?”

Jacki suffers from two painful and debilitating conditions, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and Advanced Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, and was fully approved for participation in the U.S. Government‘s Compassionate Use Investigative New Drug (I.N.D.) Program at the Federal level in May of 1990, and by the state of Wisconsin in December of 1990.

I think she will be waiting until she dies…..unfortunately. When ol George W Sr. shut down the program, Jacki and 27 other folks were completely approved, and awaiting their first shipments. Not one of these folks ever received cannabis – as only the original 13 Federal patients were grandfathered into the program.

It is only through a series of Angels and Miracles Jacki is with us today.

22 years later – Jacki is STILL asking “Is My Medicine Legal Yet?” and is lucky to be alive. What a wonderful heart and spirit Jacki has – and i hope each and every one of you out there follow up on her story – reach out – support her and her group.

Ask the question – every day – “Is My Medicine Legal Yet?” and then fight like the devil to make it legal.

If Jacki can do it all these years from Wisconsin in a wheel chair…….we should ALL be able to fight just as hard.

Blessings to each and all out there in the world. Please – stay in touch – and be brave in your fight!

Hiedi

SO pleased to attend!

I was SO PROUD to be mentioned I coulda busted. Instead – I cried. This was a highlight of my career – and I hope to see many more!

March 26, 2012

Cherish what you’ve got

Because when it’s gone, it’s very painful.

How do I know?

Here’s one example:

Warrior fighting for his life 

Even LANDLORDS are affected in Montana!

So……you may be sitting there thinking “What has Montana got to do with Colorado?”

Well folks, it has everything to do with Colorado. Politically, legislatively, AND in the medical cannabis movement.

If you have followed politics in both of these states for any period of time, you will find that CO and MT are very close in many areas. Of closest interest is the whole Agricultural realm, and many state and government practices and lawmaking.

In the midwest, these two states really have the most in common, from terrain, to weather, to agriculture, livestock, water policy. I could go on and on.

Our politicians and state governments interact – and look to each other for solutions, and feedback. In many political realms, you will see them parallel, and in many instances, MT follows CO legislation within a 5 year window.

Right now – what I wouldn’t personally give to have the problems Colorado has in Montana. From the Beinor case, to the Walsh letters, to the banking issues.

I WISH we had your problems in Montana.

You may think I’m crazy for saying that, but try losing access sometime. Walk a mile in the shoes of a Montana providor or patient….it brings it all into perspective.

Do you have any idea how many folks are affected in Montana?

We had 24 raids in ONE DAY (March 14, 2011 to be exact) in a political move to push repeal through our statehouse.

Those folks are all facing their charges now, and families are being devastated.

Our lawsuit is underway, and we go to court April 30, 2012 to see if we get damaged further. or maybe some relief.

In my opinion, with how Montana’s new law is written, no matter how one interprets it – there is NO WAY to operate and function legally. There is a loophole in there one way or another to screw Montanans, and increase crime rates.

Please see new law detailed out here: See how Montana got screwed

SO – folks

CHERISH WHAT YOU’VE GOT!

I hope this will help some of you understand my views in Colorado, and why I have taken the path I have with Colorado and Montana Connect Magazines.

What happened in Montana REALLY opened my eyes, and shaped my view on how I operate and handle things. I am  “conservative with a liberal flair” and I have been all of  my adult life.

There are quite a few of us out here – and more and more are coming into the fold every day.

That’s why I have the approach to marketing I have. The attention to public view, from an objective perspective.

The world is watching Colorado – what you folks DO matters!

And folks across the nation watch……some are literally dying to get into Colorado.

I know – we just “imported” our first patient last week, from Florida. A seriously ill Crohn’s patient.

That story will be shared soon……

I meant what I said about increasing registry numbers. We have a HUGE base to draw from in Colorado – and even more from out of state who see Colorado as THE place to be.

After my experience in Montana and Colorado – that’s what I tell folks too. At least until we get Montana straightened out.

I share my experience there. The beauty of the industry – the safety of the patients.

What we have going on in Colorado is not only beautiful, it is history.

Please folks….cherish it. Exemplify the spirit of the Pioneer……lead.

You have the lead – please – act local – think GLOBAL.

So many people around the world are watching.

WIN that Beinor case – and fight for Boulder.

Please stay tuned for a story from Boulder too – there are HUGE problems in the city – and we must rally.

CHERISH what you’ve got – for it is ever so painful to lose…….

March 18, 2012

Behind the Latest Bust at High Times Magazine – The Daily Beast

Behind the Latest Bust at High Times Magazine – The Daily Beast.

I must say – I find it disturbing that the DEA would look at a publication and it’s Freedom of Speech – and consider them to be “drug paraphernalia

Although, if they were running drugs in the 70’s and 80’s I guess that would make sense.

If the folks there are running drugs now…….

I leave the rest to your though processes.

POINT:

How do YOU want to be viewed in a regulated industry in Colorado?

The outside world is watching…….

Are you a drug dealer?

Or are you a professional, medical facility?

Think about it………the outside world wants to know!