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Here follows an e-exchange with a Deacon and a Doctor over the treatment of a prisoner with ALS (so-called ‘Lou Gehrig Disease’).

——– Original Message ——–
Subject: medley of shenanigans at SCI Laurel Highlands — [Fwd: per voice message: ill-condition of Douglas F. brought on by medication]
Date: Wed, 28 Dec 2011 12:07:50 -0500
From: Executive Director
Organization: NCCL
To: JCS MD
CC: DH

Merry Christmas, dear Dr. [JCS]!

Pursuant to my e-mail of 17 December, below you will find a summary of the conditions Douglas has described in his letter dated December 5.

If there is anything remarkable, in your medical opinion, that Douglas and his other friends should know about the conditions he describes, please do let me know at your earliest opportunity.

Meanwhile, here’s wishing you and Mrs. S. and all your loved ones a continued merry Christmas and a new year filled with blessings.

Greg Lloyd

610/435-2634 tel
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Executive Director

National Coalition of Clergy & Laity
621 Jordan Circle, Whitehall PA 18052-7119 USA

http://www.national-coalition.org
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“Pray, hope, and don’t worry.” St. Padre Pio

——– Original Message ——–
Subject: per voice message: ill-condition of Douglas F. brought on by medication
Date: Wed, 28 Dec 2011 11:55:02 -0500
From: Executive Director
Organization: NCCL
To: Rev Deacon Joseph
CC: DH

Rev. Deacon Joseph V.
Chaplain – SCI Laurel Highlands
Somerset, PA

Merry Christmas!, Deacon Joseph.

Pursuant to my voice message of last week, Douglas F. explains in a recent letter that his digestive system has suffered quite badly from the prescription of a calcium medication given by Dr. S [at the prison]. Could you in your charity inquire into it with Douglas on your next visit, and take it up with the Doctor and/or other authorities there as stands to be needed and to bring compassionate relief to Douglas?

The medication is to be taken after meals, and then the patient is to sit up for 30 minutes.

According to Douglas, Dr. S. has ordered it be taken after the normal prescribed time, knowing also that Douglas cannot sit up. He has also made no notation about the normal conditions under which it is to be taken. He also prescribed it without conferring with Douglas or administering tests for brittle bone disease, which he (Dr. S.) gives as the reason for the prescription. He also says Douglas is too fragile to be sent out for tests.

On the other hand, he now says Douglas should be sent out for testing of his digestive ailment(s) and that he should sit up in the van when driven to the tests.

It has come to the point where Douglas now cannot take some other medications because he is no longer able to tolerate them. That has in turn increased his pain. He is now very concerned that his overall condition will worsen, somewhat rapidly. Already he is experiencing difficulty swallowing. That has come about partly from the calcium medication and partly from loss of teeth (two down to the gum line), making it harder for him to chew.

He has aspirated a couple times earlier this month. (His letter is dated 5 December). That can of course lead to pneumonia.

Even if he were then to receive adequate anti-biotic treatment, given his general weakness and the usual diminished effect from repeated anti-biotic treatments for previous bouts of pneumonia and other serious infections (e.g., staph), he is seriously at risk of succumbing to the next bout. (It is not at all uncommon. It happened to my Mother only this past summer.)

D. H. and I would have visited Douglas already, but the insistence of the authorities there that Douglas use, as a condition of a visit, the geri-chair — despite the severe pain it causes him — still prevents us.

We have already conferred with a criminal attorney. Our concern is that some there are in violation of this inmate’s civil and human rights.

D.H. and some other of Douglas’ friends would be very grateful were you to look into the situation & conditions Douglas describes and do what you can to bring for him some compassionate relief of the same conditions.

Please accept this expression of thanks in advance for your prompt attention and a quick reply that you have received this e-mail.

Until then, I remain

Sincerely yours in Christ The Infant King,
G. Lloyd

610/435-2634 tel
—————-
Executive Director

National Coalition of Clergy & Laity
621 Jordan Circle, Whitehall PA 18052-7119 USA

http://www.national-coalition.org
http://LookingEast.stblogs.com
http://coalition.stblogs.com
http://pilgrimage.stblogs.com
——-
“Pray, hope, and don’t worry.” St. Padre Pio

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