Sunday, April 23, 2017

The ID channel

I watch the ID channel frequently and this jewel came up.  "Death and the Dentist" on 48 Hours ID.  Guess which drug was used to kill this man?  Imagine that.  Not only is this drug Versed/Midazolam used in death row inmates' lethal cocktail, but used for straight up murder as well.  Ever wonder how many hospital deaths can be attributed to Versed?

Some Sage Advice From a Reader.

Gustavus has left a new comment on your post "Amazing Isn't It?":

I would walk out on pangolin, but only after making my recording of her "speil" and being sure to publish it on youtube. After all, I can choose to/not to do that with my own HIPPA info. Since I am in a single consent state that "dr" would never know it was recorded. I have taken to recording EVERY visit to any practitioner's office. 

If after I refused a med/procedure, I was pressured any further with any sort of their threat/scare tactics/falsified docs my first stop out the door would be my lawyers office (again). It is strangely satisfying to hear them backtrack once they find out about the existence of a recording. History has proven to me that their insurance company just asks how much to settle, and won't defend them at all. By the way, making recordings was a recommendation of a neurologist-friend who refuses any versed-like medications for himself and family. 

Easiest way to deal with these drug pushers/patient abusers is to cost them money, lots of money. It works, and it is the only way we, as patients can enforce our rights. There are lots of good doctors, and there is absolutely no reason to put up with the bad ones like the "anesthesiologist" above. 

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Any Other Anesthesia People?

I got a comment from an anesthesia person on this post: No Midazolam: Heart Cath and Amnesia


The current recommendation in the anesthesia community is avoiding benzos in patients over the age of 65-70. I personally don't give them at all unless a patient is so nervous they are crying and shaking, and even then I will try something else first. Cardiologists, gastroenterologists, etc. don't have the luxury of administering propofol because of safety and liability issues, so they use benzos and narcotics for sedation.

I am encouraged by this person's comment.  I hope that the age of the patient is lowered until the drug, Versed, isn't used. I do understand the problem with using Propofol in a setting without properly trained and extremely vigilant medical personnel who are properly equipped for emergencies. However, the medical field has ignored the problems with Versed because they are telling us and themselves that Versed is "just like Valium."  It isn't.  Valium is Valium and Versed is Versed.  The chemical construction is different, the amount of drug that is fatal is different, and the effects are different.  

I have found that Fentanyl as sole agent, isn't only a painkiller many times more effective than Morphine, it is also a sedative.  The real kind which ameliorates pain, and as a side effect calms the patient.  Not everybody likes Fentanyl, but for me, this is what I want.  I agree with the anesthetists assessment, with the exception of the age.  I think the cutoff age should be much lower.

Thanks to the commenter for leaving us this wisdom.  

Thursday, March 2, 2017

A Gas Passer Says It All

I can't tell you how much I appreciate this well written piece by an anesthesia provider.  I'm sad to report that my prejudice about crna's remains intact because the author actually is a doctor.  Please remember that it is your RIGHT to request an anesthesiologist rather than an anesthesia nurse for your procedure.  If you have read the nasty comments on here from the nurses, I encourage you to compare those with this essay...


All’s Not Well in La-La-Land | Having a Gas Passing Gas

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Versed/Midazolam in the News Again

Here is a story airing on TV at this time in regard to Midazolam and the capital punishment protocol for drugs.  Even murderers should NOT be subjected to this diabolical drug.

Execution process shakes North Idaho family |

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Alabama inmate gasps, coughs during his execution |

Even with all the bald-faced LIES that are told by medical minions about this poison, people are starting to get the idea.  Why is there no outrage over a lethal injection drug being used on innocent patients?  What did they ever do wrong to deserve the torture?

Two words:  CONSCIOUS SEDATION  It means, boys and girls that you are conscious, awake and aware, unable to defend yourself or stop the procedure.  The "sedation" part is debatable.  Since when is amnesia (they hope) a part of sedation?  Oh yeah, the minute they came up with this diabolical drug.   Since when does getting a sedative involve skyrocketing blood pressure and elevated heart rate?  Call my crazy but the physiological changes are the result of fear, anger, and pain, not relaxation.  As I have previously noted, Aaron, my little anesthesia nurse stated that I was "very relaxed."  No, you cretin, I wasn't "relaxed.  I was seething with anger, absolutely furious that he had incapacitated me in such a sneaky way.  I was INCAPACITATED, not "relaxed."

Anyway, I hope that more and more people gain awareness of the troubling nature of Versed/Midazolam and confront those who use it against ALL of us, not just the murderous thugs sentenced to die.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Propofol: the Lesser of the Evils

I wrote about the miracle of Propofol and want to talk about that a little bit more.  Propofol was a miracle drug for my daughter.  Would I allow Propofol to be used on me?  Maybe, maybe not.

I have read way too many articles talking about the "patient cooperation" with Propofol.  To me, that doesn't sound like "asleep."  Sorry, I find that disturbing, especially after the Versed debacle.  The "amnesia" didn't work for me with Versed and the absolute HORROR of being unable to move or speak efficiently and the crawling subservience to the medical minions every whim was more than I could deal with.  If I could describe the level of freakiness for you I would.  Follow that with waking up from the general anesthesia I had FORBIDDEN, on my feet trying to kill people with my cast, I have a very deep issue with any drug which renders you obedient, incapable of stopping the procedure and which produces a profound personality change.  Since NOBODY will tell the truth about these drugs, I have a hard time swallowing the happy clouds descriptions.  "Superior patient cooperation with Propofol" comes close to sounding like Versed, only worse.

I saw the results of using Propofol on my daughter and it was an incredible drug.  Would it be safe for me and others who have already had a problem with Versed?  I-don't-know.  Depending on the medical issue, if Propofol were the least of the anesthesia options I would choose it.  MAC is out of the question as is general anesthetic.  I have had very good results from regional blocks without sedation so that would be MY first choice.  Performed by a doctor of course.  For more invasive procedures which cannot be performed with a block, then Propofol.  The thing is, for people like me, all this sedation, MAC and general anesthetic is complete overkill.  Why would we need all this crap for some minor procedure?  It boggles the mind.

I would accept Propofol as a last resort only.

PS  After the debacle with my distal radius fracture (see the "vast improvement" in the x-rays, which is actually minuscule. Keep in mind that I reduced that fracture on my own before I ever saw a doctor...) If I had the same fracture as my daughter, here is my plan...I would tie a rope around my wrist, then shut a door over the other end of the rope about shoulder height and pull until I could tease the widely displaced ends of the bones together again.  The roughness of the fracture will help hold the bone ends together.  A nice brace to hold that shoulder back until it healed and voila, problem solved.  If you can't handle that, Propofol might be a good choice so the medical people can fix it for you.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Obamacare Again

Obamacare is an unmitigated disaster for people like me.  In order to supply insurance for the few, the many have to pay for insurance they can't use.  Don't believe me?  Look at the numbers.  The "Patent Predation and Unaffordable Care Act" has allegedly insured 15 million people.  How wonderful.  Out of 315+ million people, but at what cost?

My premium, paid by my employer in lieu of wages, is $9.84 per hour.  Let that sink in.  My health care premium is more than minimum wage.  It amounts to at least $400 per WEEK!  It continues to go up, 6-8% a year and the deductable is up over 1100% since this monstrosity was passed.  The more the premium is, the less money I take home.  This premium now swallows almost 1/3 of my hourly wage.  What do you think I get for this expensive coverage? (besides getting to subsidize the people on Obamacare)

I have a new $500 per person per year deductable out the gate, per calendar year, before the plan pays anything.  There are three of us, so a maximum of $1500 per year deductable before anything gets paid.  This is new this year.  It had been an 80/20 split until the NEXT deductable was met.

The next deductable is $5,000 per person per year, but they don't call it a deductable this year.  This year it's called "co-insurance."  The plan brags that this is payable through the 80/20 split.  The fact is, one visit to the emergency room will result in a $5,000 "co-insurance" payment, after the initial $500 "deductable".   So $5,000 per person per year and the $500 per person per year.  $5,500 dollars per person or $16,500 for the family.  There are lots of exclusions, so this number will be higher if we have a catastrophe or a serious of medical events.  On Jan 1 all of this resets.  I don't make the kind of money where this is in any way "affordable."  Especially not after the premiums are taken out of my check.

About that "co-insurance" in the previous paragraph...  Know what "co-insurance" is?  It's patient responsibility.  In the new American way, words and meaning are changed to suit whomever is trying to obfuscate the issue.  *I* am now an insurer.  I am curious as to what that designation is designed to do?  Is it simply to deflect or is it something more sinister?  As a "co-insurer" are there going to be tax issues in the future?  Am I going to be forced to have "capital" for my (co)insurance company or face fines, fees and penalties?  More forms to fill out?

So I have this fine, expensive insurance which is basically a major medical plan that I can't afford to use.  The government is salivating over the luscious taxes they can impose because of the "in lieu of wages" designation.  Now I wonder if the "co-insurance"verbiage will create new problems for me? With my salary, after all the bums get through with it, puts me at 130% of poverty level.  Slightly more than half my income goes for taxes and health care.

Maybe somebody can explain how this can be called a "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act." Can the Obamacare people use their insurance?   Or are we all forced to pay for insurance we can't use, to bail out the health care industry?