Archive for ‘Pain Management’

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.

May 29, 2012

DUID and Cannabis…….Fox 31 News weighs in

When it comes to impaired driving a study conducted by Fox 31 News in Denver has blurred the lines when the topic is cannabis and blood ng levels.

The DUID Bill presented in Colorado’s legislative session was quite the roller coaster ride as it moved through the committees and houses. At some points it seemed legislation was competing with Elitch Gardens with all the ups and downs, twists and turns.

The bill was defeated during special session on a 17-17 tied vote, with one Senator not present. This Senator’s failure to return for special session is believed to be what killed the bill, as they would have been a deciding vote, and had voted in favor of the bill previously.

This report from Fox 31 News was released just a few days after the DUID bill was killed.

Part I KDVR http://kdvr.com/2012/05/16/your-questions-answered-driving-under-the-influence-of-marijuana/

I have pulled some screenshots from the news story to highlight a few points.

First – let’s look at the ng blood levels of the subjects in the study. The subjects were asked to not medicate at all previous to test the day of testing. Blood samples were drawn prior to any testing, and after medicating.

First up – meet “Max”

Now – Max is stated to be a daily user of cannabis for his Psychomotor agitation. As seen in the report from Fox 31 News, Max’s ng blood level for THC was at 6ng prior to any cannabis use for the day.

After medicating – Max’s blood levels for THC went up to 32ng, well over the 5ng level proposed by lawmakers.

Next up is Fran – a 63 year old Fibromyalgia sufferer.

Remarkably – Fran failed her driving test with absolutely no cannabis in her system. The fact that she claims to be a user of cannabis and arrived with product to use, it is quite apparent Fran suffered a placebo effect while driving, and she was actually failed for this test by Officer Ashby. More disturbing is the fact that the product she consumed left her with no cannabis in her system to treat her condition.

Please folks – test your products – and test them regularly. Make a habit of it. The hugest concern is for the patient. As they treat themselves, they need to know they are taking a reliable product that will help them. As more interest is shown to our industry -and trials are conducted – I suspect we will see much more of these type studies. PLEASE test your product.

Patients lives depend on it.

Next is Robert:

Robert – yet another medical cannabis user who passed the driving test. Robert passed his exam even after medicating with a 10ng blood level.

Fox 31 News did a pretty extensive study – and this was actually a two part series. This is the link to the second part – and we will break down the shocking results as we go.

Part II KDVR http://kdvr.com/2012/05/17/web-poll-driving-high-vs-driving-drunk/

Brian and Justin are the subjects in the next study – comparing driving under the influence of alcohol to marijuana.

Now – Brian clearly failed his exam – and pegged his Blood Alcohol Content at .08. Many studies have been conducted on alcohol and impaired driving. With how alcohol is metabolized in the body, it is much easier to study and have quantified answers.

Justin is the final subject – with the most shocking results.

No age was ever given for Justin – so please forgive that omission. It is not remarkable to myself to see the results of Justin’s first blood ng level. For any chronic pain patient out there ¬†I would expect them to be very high. Cancer as well.

Justin started out at 21ng before medicating at all for the day -and went to 47ng post medication.

Yet – he was deemed a good driver – and passed his driving exam with flying colors.

Next – Fox 31 News decided to ensure the driving abilities of both, and as they put it “See if Justin is just a better driver than Brian”. So – Justin imbibed in alcohol and reported a BAC of .04.

This time – when Justin took the driving test – he failed miserably. Alcohol most certainly caused impairment – YET – under Colorado DUI law Justin was still under the .08 BAC limit and would have passed a breathalyzer test. If the 5ng limit were to have been imposed with a DUID law – he would have failed for THC levels, which when he was only under direct influence of cannabis – he passed the driving test with a 47ng blood level.

So – when you mix alcohol and cannabis – is it a fair judgement to state the person is impaired and “guilty” because of the cannabis in their system when even slight amounts of alcohol can completely skew results?

Please keep in mind, cannabis facilitates other drugs within our bodies. Folks who utilize cannabis AND pain medications find they can decrease their pain med intake as the cannabis facilitates the opioids and makes them work better – thus reducing consumption.

Also – did any of these subjects have ANY other medications in their systems? Opioids? Muscle relaxers?

Granted – the Fox 31 News story is not the greatest example of scientific, empirical evidence, but it does bring many issues to light, and exposes many issues in the thought processes of legislators when they try to impose a law with no science behind it.

I stated in an e-mail to Colorado politicians this past session that they should kill the DUID bill and apply to NIDA for funding monies to conduct a truly scientific study funded by NIDA to prove the harm of driving with cannabis in your system. We have to prove harm to get the monies – but it is possible. In Irvin Rosenfeld’s Federal protocol – it is stated he can drive and operate heavy equipment as long as he is not impaired. After years of driving and a few stops as officers smelled cannabis coming from his car – Irvin has never been deemed to be impaired – or been cited with impairment.

Irvin has been smoking cannabis over 40 years. The man should bleed green.

In addition – shouldn’t the Federal government hold some responsibility for helping to determine impairment? A NIDA study could do just that – and the Federal government has the subjects to study as well – if they ever choose to.

There have been Federal medical marijuana patients for 35 years – and the Federal Government has YET to study their own patients.

Please see the poll from Fox 31 News here – and be sure to go vote in the poll. It is located at the bottom of the second story link comparing alcohol and cannabis.

Poll screenshot pulled on 6/2/12 – stats will change over time with additional votes.

The TV Show “The Dr’s” also did an impaired driving study

http://www.everydayhealth.com/addiction/0518/is-pot-safer-than-alcohol.aspx

I have left this link for people to go look at – but please note – I do not condone utilization of this study for anything other than showing the differences of the studies. In this study by The Dr’s no blood ng levels were drawn – and personally – I take issue with any driving exam that affects a drivers peripheral vision. It’s great to be sitting in a real car – but take out peripheral vision or impair vision in any way – and the test is just not very effective or representative in my mind. I was also very disappointed in The Dr’s for not having a more empirical study. One would figure a show named “The Dr’s” they would want to know what the blood levels are.

Well….that’s my breakdown folks. Please be sure to share this information, write your politicians and encourage them to pursue NIDA monies for a study, and BE SAFE out there! Please do NOT mix alcohol with cannabis – and if you are too impaired to drive – DON’T!

Please feel free to share this post and my e-mail – and save this little kernel for the next time DUID and cannabis comes up. With how Senator King pursued it this session – I can pretty much guarantee this issue will not be going away.

January 28, 2012

Visualization of the endocannabinoid signaling system on Vimeo

http://vimeo.com/27272870

Hey folks. This is a GREAT video on the endocannabinoid system. Please share it with all your patients and politicians.

It is imperative we educate as many folks as we can about the endocannabinoid system, as it was discovered only recently as far as medicine goes, and is not part of the educational curriculum in medical school.

I put Irvin on the plane back to Fort Lauderdale this morning. We had a very good week in many ways, and very frustrating in others.

Hours of discusssion were put into talking about Colorado’s medical cannabis industry, and some things we see that need repair, and quite honestly, business concerns.

After the financial horsewhipping you folks have taken over the past year, it is imperative your businesses run as smoothly and efficiently as possible, and that goes for paperwork and policy too.

Compliance, Compliance, Compliance!!

In addition, what message are you sending? By message, I mean, look around…….look at your exterior of your building. Is it painted nicely, and within neighborhood guidelines? Is it neat and clean, no garbage? Are the windows clean, even despite the bars?

Are you a medical facility? Or are you what I call a “weedslinger”?

I came up with that lil term back in December of 2010 when Irv and I were here for KushCon. We had walked into a few shops to check them out…..see what was happening. How was business?

Well……we were pretty taken aback by quite a few of the shops we had been in at that time, and are very happy to see that things have improved greatly. Those folks back then were simply “slingin weed” and had no clue about any medical application whatsoever, or care to expand their knowledge.

Colorado medical cannabis has improved greatly since then, and since regulation has been placed into action.

Thank heavens! It was pretty frightening.

Anyway folks….I have had Irvin in state 6 times now, with more planned in the future. We have a pretty good grasp on Colorado’s industry, and some suggestions, and ideas for you folks over the next few weeks.

Irvin and I made some videos too, and we will be posting those soon.

Please call us folks, we want your feedback. We’re here to help you.

Hiedi 720-326-6577
Irvin 954-536-9011
Randy 720-840-5028

November 6, 2011

Pills’ artificial sense of safety can lull many into addiction | The News Journal | delawareonline.com

Pills’ artificial sense of safety can lull many into addiction | The News Journal | delawareonline.com.

Pills Kill!

This story is SO important to share – and just makes me want to print it by the thousands and distribute to the masses.

SO many folks are addicted to painkillers and so many people are dying from their use.

Please – share share share this news story – and be sure your loved ones read it and understand. I’m not talking about guiding them to Cannabis – if they make that choice – YAY!

I’m talking about make them aware of what is happening to them and their bodies – and how they are hurting and killing themselves.

Big Pharma is not here to help you and make you feel better. They are here to hook you and line their pockets. When was the last time a Big Pharma rep even called you on the phone to see how you’re doing?

I’ve never experienced it in MY lifetime – never will either.

Take care of yourselves people. Be aware of what’s happening to you. Don’t be a sheep and just do what you’re told – be PROACTIVE in your treatment.

It just might save your life!