Use of Medicinal Cannabis in the Hospital

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I recently became ill with symptoms of chest pain, jaw pain/tooth pain, and scapular pain.  Since those can be signs of a heart attack, I thought I should pay attention.   I decided a long time ago, that while most Western Medicine practices just aren’t for me, I would go to the hospital if I had these particular symptoms. With my genetics, family history, and personal history of heart disease it is the wisest thing to do.

Going to the hospital is stressful in itself, but in my case, as in the case of the more than 2 million legal cannabis users nationwide (http://medicalmarijuana.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=005889), the stress is magnified because it is unlikely that the hospital will honor a legal user’s card and allow their medicine.  In my experience, they hide behind two policies. The first is that noone is allowed to bring in medicine of any kind from home.  While this is likely a good policy in many cases, the problem in this case is that you can’t bring it from home, and they don’t have it in their formulary for you either.  When I asked the MD in the ER at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester about it, she stated that they had “pharmaceutical drugs that acted the same way”.  That is not accurate information.  You just cannot replace the whole plant effect by isolating some of its compounds and administering them to the patient. Here is an explanation from Leafscience.com, Sept. 2014:

“Marijuana, unlike most modern day medicine, contains a wide range of chemical compounds. Scientists have identified over 60 unique molecules in cannabis known as cannabinoids, which include THC and CBD. Many other non-cannabinoid compounds are produced by the plant that also have regulatory effects.

For example, terpenes, the molecules responsible for marijuana’s smell, have been shown to block some cannabinoid receptor sites in the brain while promoting cannabinoid binding in others. As a result, terpenes are believed to affect many aspects of how the brain takes in THC or CBD, while offering various benefits of their own.

In fact, while THC has gotten most of the attention, studies suggest many of the compounds in marijuana work together to produce a synergy of effects. This is known as the ‘entourage effect.’”

The fact is, there is not one pill or injection in their formulary that can do what use of the whole plant cannabis can do for anxiety, depression, pain and inflammation.  But the doctors are still not educated on this fact despite the growing number of patients who utilize it daily for their health.

The other policy that they hide behind is their nonsmoking policy. The health professionals simply do not understand that there are other very effective routes to take with the medicine. Again, education of physicians is sorely needed to catch up with this important medicine and its health effects.

By the time I had left the hospital after my 5 day stay, my anxiety was at an all time high.  In the beginning, loved ones brought me tincture to take to keep the medicine in my system and doing its job.  But it was frightening when a nurse suggested that she smelled cannabis one night, so I stopped its use.  I really needed them to continue to determine what was wrong with my heart and complete their plan of care on that.  And I was afraid that they would ask me to leave. It just wasn’t the time to put up an argument about it.

Sure, I could have requested Valium or Xanax or something else that they had available.  For me though, that would have been a step backwards.  And while those pills may reduce the anxiety in the moment, the benefit to my health when taking them, just does not outweigh the risk, nor is the effect as therapeutic.

I’ve got to hand it to them though, if you need surgery on your heart, they sure know what they are doing.  Why not step up the treatment and not deny people necessary medicine for their other ailments when in the hospital?  It hardly was therapeutic for me to feel anxiety, fear and body pain during this problem with my heart.  I did take the opiods they offered once I realized I just wasn’t going to have the medicine I really needed.  I did so only when I really couldn’t bear the joint pain from the arthritis any longer. I was in bed much more than I ever would have been at home.  I was also unable to exercise, and my body was letting me know it wasn’t happy.  It makes little sense, and seems to me that the doctors just aren’t following their oath to “do no harm” when they deny a patient their prescribed necessary medicine and instead offer alternatives that can be very harmful.

I called the hospital after I left to get a clarification as to their exact policy on legal card carrying medicinal cannabis users.  After being bounced around department to department, I finally was sent to the patient advocacy office.  The person I spoke with did not know what the policy was. She was very polite and took my information though.  Upon her return call, she informed me that she took the question all the way to the top, and that “St. Vincent Hospital at this time does not allow medicinal cannabis of any kind in the hospital,  even from a legal patient who is registered with the state and has a prescription”.

I feel it is time that we stand up together, demand better, and fix this problem. After all, my experience was simply one example of what is happening across the U.S.  in legal states.  A legal cannabis patient should not be made to go without prescribed medicine for any reason, especially in a medical institution.  The medical establishment wouldn’t consider this for any other medication.

If you would like to join us and work on this issue, please contact wendy@bulldozerhealth.org

Take back your health America!

Peace,

Wendy Love Edge

http://www.bulldozerhealth.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Hospital Experience

Last week, I had some chest pain and pretty awful vertigo.   I have never experienced vertigo before, and it is pretty scary!  The first night it happened, I tried really hard to talk myself out of it and decide I was alright.  The next night when it happened again, I decided this might be the one thing besides a trauma of some sort that would bring me to the emergency room (ER) of a traditional hospital.  I do have two stents in my heart after all.  So, I went to the ER, knowing that they would likely bring me in quickly and hook me up to all kinds of monitors, start an IV, and give me some pharmaceutical medication.  I also knew, that with my extensive health history, they likely would admit me to make sure there was nothing new wrong with my heart.

I was right.  They took me in immediately, and did just what I thought that they would.  My blood pressure was very high, unusual for me at this point in taking back my health.  True to form, they didn’t allow me to eat or drink anything.  I knew I would easily get dehydrated, but their reasons were important. If they had to take me to surgery, I had to take nothing by mouth.  So I hoped that they would continue to hydrate me through my IV.

I am incredibly blessed.  I chose not to inform everyone right away that I had to go to the ER.  But I have been staying with  my  friend Kayla, our Bulldozer Health Food for Health Director,  and she took me and stayed  by my side.  She is a nurse, and very loving and compassionate. This made me feel safe in an environment I was so uncomfortable in.  She contacted  my wife who didn’t skip a beat and came to stay with me.  She was so sweet and loving, and made herself completely available to me despite our ongoing separation.  This increased my feelings of being held in the light and love that I so needed at this time.  And, now, several years later from my original illness in 2011, the nurses didn’t give us a hard time at all about being together in the hospital.  Some progress here in Fayetteville Arkansas on the discrimination front.  Nice.

The cardiologist did numerous tests over the next two days.  I was trying hard not to take on the sick role, or to take their pharmaceutical medications.  But it was impossible.  I was without all of my herbal treatments and they would not allow any of them at the hospital.  Also, because of my vertigo and question of a heart problem, I was mostly stuck in bed.  I took their medication so I wouldn’t be in constant pain. And took on the sick role to the best of my ability letting people do things for me.  It is uncomfortable, but in this situation, necessary.  I kept telling myself it was temporary.

When the cardiologist came to see me after the endless testing that they did, he told my wife and I,  that one of my stents was out-of-place and blocking my LAD, the large artery in the front of my heart, by 70%.   I listened as my wife started to cry from behind where I couldn’t really see her.  I felt crushed.   But I couldn’t live there.  I knew that my thinking has such a profound effect on my health.   I said, “it’s going to be okay. We are in the right place. They will fix it”.  But my chest ached even more as I felt her pain and fear.  We would rally though. We would get through this.

Then I remembered that we have such an incredible network of alternative care providers through Bulldozer Health Inc.  My second day in the hospital,  Andrea Sumers, our Bulldozer Health Inc. Vice President, visited me and gave me an energy and essential oil treatment.  Then, those that are on our social media, and saw what was happening, sprung into action.  They were sending loving, healing energy to me to improve my condition.   One of our providers, Allee from Anabal Health Solutions, was with us when we got the news.  She had come to the hospital and was in the process of doing an energy and essential oil treatment. She too, was incredibly compassionate and kind.   She also brought me some structured water, which I drank until I could take nothing more by mouth after midnight.   I felt like I was in good hands and very fortunate to have all of this healing work available to me.   It was bittersweet though, because I know that it is not available to everyone.  I cannot wait until we can provide this kind of treatment to everyone who needs it through Bulldozer Health Inc. Everyone should have all of the options available to them.

The next morning, they came and got me to take me for the heart catheterization to fix my heart.  I was nervous.  My wife and I were trying very hard to not get caught up again in what could be a traumatic experience.  We talked through it and prepared ourselves. We were on the same page.   When I arrived in the room, they gave me anesthesia where I couldn’t feel anything but was wide awake.  One of the doctors said to me, “You have heart stents and you came off of all of your medicine?”.  I replied, “Yes” .  “Well that might have not been such a great idea”, he said, with a snicker.  The doctor was suddenly finished it seemed.  “Your heart is clear” , he said.   “My heart is clear?  You mean you fixed it?”  “No”, he replied. “Your heart was clear when I got in there”.  Then he said, “Yes, and you know, your heart muscle looks excellent and you have a 60% ejection fraction, which is normal”.  The doctor who had snickered earlier didn’t say a word.

I was shocked and amazed.  So either the tests that they did previously were wrong, or the healers healed my heart.  I choose to believe the latter.  I am so happy to know that my heart is in good shape from the exercise, proper nutrition, positive attitude and herbal treatments I am using.  It’s good to gain some affirmation that I am on the right path.  I am also happy to know how effective alternative healing is.  That said, I would not choose to go through all that I did to find that out.  I still believe  that the ER, the hospital, and pharmaceutical medications have their place.  And when your heart might be involved, that is a time when you don’t want to be remiss in your health care choices. The idea of taking back your health, includes you being in control of your health and your choices.  Of knowing your body and working on being healthy and positive every day.  It also includes knowing all of the choices that are available to you.

That  said, the  experience left me exhausted and in pain for the last several days since my hospital discharge.  I have felt some withdrawal from the pharmaceutical medicine that they gave me, and in switching back over to herbal treatments.  It traumatized my wife and I some, bringing back some memories that we did not care to revisit.   All in all though, this was a positive experience on many levels.  I am eternally grateful for all of the love and support alternative care network in Arkansas, our management team, my friends and chosen family here in Arkansas, and my amazing best friend and wife.  It’s nice to know that even though we are not a couple, we are still there for each other in such a loving manner.

Peace,

Wendy Love Edge

Take back your health America!

http://www.bulldozerhealth.com

 

 

 

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Bulldozing Lesbians at the hospital: Everyone should have a choice who will be by their side

I have talked  and written about my story of becoming ill and bulldozed, and then working at taking back my health.  I have talked and written about becoming gravely ill.   I have also talked and written about bulldozer Health Inc. remedies for health.  I  feel though, like there is an elephant in the room, that I haven’t discussed. It’s pink, and it’s waving a gay pride flag.

You see I have always had the attitude that I wanted to be treated equally to everyone else.  In fact, I demand it in my life  I felt that by not making an issue of my sexuality, I am saying I am just like everyone else.   After all, heterosexuals don’t declare themselves at work or on their way, so why should I?  I speak about my life in a matter of fact manner.   I make no apologies, and I never lie about it.  But the fact is, that because I don’t present as a “typical” lesbian, whatever that is, people don’t realize that is what I am unless I tell them. I have been re-thinking this idea though. Maybe it’s time to be more forthright.

That said,  within the medical establishment,  both my wife and I , have experienced discriminatory remarks and treatment.   She was told by certain nurses that she couldn’t stay with me in the hospital, and by others that she could.  Same  hospital.   They would choose to enforce policies apparently based on their  personal feelings about our relationship at the time.  So it wasn’t really a matter of policy. We even had a whole medical team breathe a sigh of relief when they found out she was a woman and not a teenage boy.  Literally, breathe a sigh of relief right in front of m e. These situations are uncomfortable and create stress in a person who is ill.  If you are like me, you want your significant other with you when the going gets rough and you are uncertain about your health status.   Especially when you are being told very scary things like “You are going to die either from the medicine we have to give you or the disease that you have:”. You want to hold on to every minute with that person.  Additionally,  your significant other is frightened  too, and wants first hand information from the doctor, and to be by your side to comfort you.  Neither the patient nor the significant other should have to worry that they won’t have the choice to make.

We must all demand equal treatment and sensitivity by all health professionals in this matter.  In fact, I believe family and loved ones may mean very different things to different people.   Right now, for instance, my wife and I are separated.  We are both trying to heal from the ordeal of my illness in our own ways. But  I still want her to be able to obtain medical information about me, and I still want her by my side if I am in a life or death situation.  This should be my choice.   And if I want a friend or other loved one with me, this should also be my choice.  All patients  should have with them those who love and care about them,  if they want them there.  It reduces stress on the patient.   Feeling  the loving presence of those you care about if that is what you want, can only improve health and wellness. Why should the healthcare establishment get to decide who has a relationship that qualifies them to stay by your side when you are ill and hospitalized?

So, as I thought about writing this, I realized that if we are all to be empowered in our health choices, it includes this. When ill, and trying to heal, we must be able to choose everything that will encourage a healing and healthy environment without stress and worry.

Peace,

Wendy Love  Edge

Take back your health America!

http://www.bulldozerhealth.com

You can reach Oxygen Edge on Twitter : @oxygenedge

Her blog is:

http://oxygenedge.blogspot.com/2014/08/moving-in-to-live-with-my-southern.html?zx=64e1cbe57df1068a

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