Thursday, December 31, 2009


So long 2009 hello 2010....WOW Where has the time gone.....It was just December of 2008 and now.....Goodness Gracious how the time does fly!!

I want to wish each and every one of you a most Blessed New Years that is the best you have ever had, but not as good as those yet to come!!



Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Brittany Murphy Had "Large Amounts" of Prescription Meds in Bedroom

Tuesday – December 22, 2009 – 8:39am

Credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for IMG

A shocking number of strong prescription meds were found on Brittany Murphy's bedroom nightstand before her sudden Dec. 20 death, according to notes from an investigator with the Los Angeles coroner's office.

According to the notes (obtained by, the medications included Topamax (anti-seizure meds also to prevent migraines), Methylprednisolone (anti-inflammatory), Fluoxetine (depression med), Klonopin (anxiety med), Carbamazepine (treats Diabetic symptoms and is also a bipolar med), Ativan (anxiety med), Vicoprofen (pain reliever), Propranolol (hypertension, used to prevent heart attacks), Biaxin (antibiotic), Hydrocodone (pain med) and miscellaneous vitamins.

The notes state Murphy "had been complaining of shortness of breath and severe abdominal pain" for 7 to 10 days prior to her death.

Around 7:30 a.m. Sunday, she went into the bathroom of her Hollywood Hills home and shut the door, according to the notes.

A half hour later Murphy's mother, Sharon, went to check on her daughter, opened the bathroom door and "discovered the decedent lying on the floor unresponsive," the notes read.

According to the notes, Sharon yelled for help. Murphy's husband, British screenwriter Simon Monjack, who was in bed, ran to the bathroom.

The notes reveal that Sharon called 911 and Monjack "attempted to revive the decedent by placing her in the shower and running the water." But Murphy "remained unresponsive and purged her stomach contents prior to the arrival of the paramedics," according to the notes.

When the paramedics arrived, Murphy was "without signs of life." Paramedics then moved her from the bathroom to the master bedroom, where they found the prescription drugs.

"A check of the nightstands revealed large amounts of prescription medication in the decedent's name. Also noted were numerous empty prescription medication bottles in the decedent's husband's name, the decedent's mother's name and unidentified third party names," the notes read.

According to the notes, "No alcohol containers, paraphernalia or illegal drugs were discovered."

The notes state that the night before her death Murphy "had consumed some noodles, leftover Thai food, Gatorade, water and tea with lemon."

The notes also say that Murphy had a history of hypoglycemia and was hospitalized in April 2009 for low blood sugar while on location in Oregon.

Monjack, Murphy's husband, told the investigator that during the 7-10 days prior to her death, the actress complained of shortness of breath and severe abdominal pains, but he was not overly alarmed because "she often suffered from severe menstrual pains."

After assessing the situation, the investigator concluded to police that "foul play is not suspected."


Sunday, December 20, 2009

Freedom From Pain

Freedom from pain

A 24-year-old Christiansburg woman is regaining mobility and making plans to attend graduate school after treatment put her in remission from years of pain.

CHRISTIANSBURG -- Brandy Sachs smiles more these days, even after gaining 30 pounds in one year.

For this 24-year-old, weight gain is a blessing and the least of her concerns.

In October 2008, Sachs weighed 76 pounds after she spent seven days in a ketamine-induced coma. She was the 55th patient to undergo the treatment in Germany. She emerged from the procedure with few memories and couldn't perform natural tasks, such as shivering. 

The coma was designed to reboot her nervous system, and, doctors hoped, rid her of the decade-long bouts of pain associated with reflex sympathetic dystrophy, known now as chronic regional pain syndrome. The little-known condition she was diagnosed with at age 13 caused her to cringe in pain with any touch even as slight as a flutter of her brown hair. Walking was difficult, and her right foot had turned inward and would often swell.

Today, after a year's worth of ketamine boosters, doctors say Sachs is in remission. She's been RSD-pain free for a year and won't have to return to Philadelphia for infusions of the drug for another year, unless any changes occur.

While she isn't entirely pain, or medicine, free (she is on strong painkillers as a result of a back surgery that touched nerves, but that pain is not related to the condition), Sachs said a little pain is better than her previous state.

Always cautious, she prefers to say the condition is dormant, but she's pleased with her progress.

"I have RSD, and I'm always going to have it," she said.

She walks on two crutches and has become more active. She started driving on her own, went rock-wall climbing and can make two full laps around Walmart.

Mentally, Sachs said she still feels stuck at 16. Many of her memories -- and skills -- are fuzzy. Doctors said some memories may never return.

The physical progression also has been slow, although Blacksburg therapist James O'Connell said Sachs has made great strides. She's now working on the stationary bike and the treadmill to gain strength and tone her unused legs. He's trying to get her to wear regular shoes, instead of the orthopedic shoe created for her in Germany.
Sachs goes to physical therapy twice weekly. Just last week, she took her first steps in years without bracing herself.

"I'm so proud of her," said her mother, Lisa Sachs. For years, the mother and daughter could barely hug. "It still makes you smile every time you see her stand up," she said.
Around the house, Brandy Sachs still often uses a wheelchair. That's mostly to navigate the crowds of cats, dogs and people who swarm her parents' small Christiansburg home.

"It's just easier," she said. If she bangs any part of her body too much, the RSD could flare, and the pain might return.

In August, Sachs hopes to enroll in graduate school at Virginia Tech to study sociology.
Her parents said that step will be good for their daughter, whose life was overtaken by the condition.

Sachs' story has inspired many. In July, People magazine featured part of her story.

The family said the breadth of knowledge about RSD and CRPS is growing.

"When we first started with it, they knew nothing," Lisa Sachs said.

Brandy Sachs spent seven days in a ketamine-induced coma and went through months of ketamine boosters to ease chronic pain. Her physical progression has been slow, but she is strengthening her legs by riding a stationary bike and walking on a treadmill.
Brandy Sachs spent seven days
in a ketamine-induced coma and
went through months of ketamine
boosters to ease chronic pain.
Her physical progression has been
slow, but she is strengthening her
legs by riding a stationary bike and
walking on a treadmill.
James O'Connell applies resistance to Brandy Sachs' foot during a physical therapy session as her mother, Lisa Sachs, looks on.
James O'Connell applies resistance
to Brandy Sachs' foot during a physical
therapy session as her mother,
Lisa Sachs, looks on.
Brandy Sachs, 24, takes unassisted steps Monday for the first time in years during a physical therapy session with James O'Connell in Blacksburg.
Brandy Sachs, 24, takes unassisted
steps Monday for the first time in years
during a physical therapy session with
James O'Connell in Blacksburg.

Photos by JUSTIN COOK The Roanoke Times Source 

Raided doctor's patients complain they're "Left Out In The Cold"

Raided doctor's patients complain they're 'left out in the cold'

December 19, 2009 12:00 AM

NEW BEDFORD — "Taylor's orphans" is how they are referred to by some in the local medical community.

When federal and state law enforcement authorities raided the Acushnet Avenue offices of Dr. Michael A. Taylor earlier this month in a drug investigation, hundreds of his patients found themselves without a primary care physician and with no way to get ahold of their medical records or to refill their prescriptions.

The patients say they have called other doctors but are either told the physicians are not accepting new patients or the earliest appointment cannot be made for two to three months. They are referred to emergency rooms or pain clinics to inquire about refilling prescriptions and are then told they will not receive any strong painkillers like OxyContin.

Some patients say they are being blackballed.

"I can't find a doctor. No one will take me, even for primary care," said Carolyn Lavoie, 68, of Fairhaven, who said she is diagnosed with reflex sympathetic dystrophy, a chronic neurological condition that causes severe burning pain over her body. Taylor prescribed her daily dosages of 50 milligrams of oxycodone and 15 10-milligram doses of methadone.

"It seems people consider most of (Taylor's) patients to be drug addicts, and that's just not fair," said Mike Miller, 44, of New Bedford, who has a diabetic ulcer on his foot and peripheral neuropathy in his legs. Miller said Taylor prescribed him a 30-day supply of 150 milligrams a day of oxycodone and 200 milligrams of morphine. Those prescriptions have run out.

"There are some of us who are legitimately sick," said Darlene Almeida, 44, of Acushnet, who is diagnosed with fibromyalgia and osteoporosis. She was prescribed four 50-milligram tablets a day of morphine as well as vicoprofen for break-through pain.

"I don't abuse my meds," she said. "I don't sell my medicine."

On Dec. 1, Drug Enforcement Administration agents in conjunction with state police detectives assigned to the Bristol County District Attorney's Office executed a search warrant for records at Taylor's office at 3388 Acushnet Ave. The office has been closed since the raid.

Spokesmen for the U.S. Attorney and DEA offices in Boston declined to comment on the nature of the investigation. Meanwhile, Taylor, 58, has not been charged with a crime. His medical license has not been revoked, according to the state Board of Registration in Medicine.

Taylor did not return a phone call seeking comment.

In August, Taylor's secretary, Cathy Pereira, was arrested in a state wiretap narcotics investigation, accused of helping her husband, Paul J. Pereira, and associates obtain painkillers such as OxyContin with fraudulent prescriptions from the office.

An answering service for Taylor's office says someone is collecting patients' names, telephone numbers and addresses to eventually forward them their medical records, which were seized by authorities.

Several of Taylor's patients have gone to St. Luke's Hospital seeking help and have been instructed to call the SouthCoast Physician Referral Line, where an operator will give contact information for several doctors in the area.

When contacted, those doctors' offices say they are not seeing new patients for at least two months.

Taylor's patients have been calling the Greater New Bedford Community Health Center. Cynthia Champagne, assistant director of nursing, said the health center will accommodate the patients as much as possible.

"Anyone who calls for an appointment, we will give them an appointment," Champagne said, adding that she could not answer any questions about the patients' prescriptions.

Almeida said she last saw Taylor a month ago. She received a prescription for painkillers and was told to return Dec. 10. But she then heard from an acquaintance that Taylor's office had been closed. She was told the DEA had her medical records.
"I'm in shock," she said. "I can't believe this happened," she said.

Almeida said she called several doctors in the area but could not find a primary care physician who was able to see her. The best she could do was schedule an April 14 appointment at the downtown community health center. She was told her prescriptions will not be refilled before then.

"I don't know what I'm going to do," she said. "The pain. I end up in a ball. I can't even move... I know I'm going to end up in detox."

Lavoie's insurance company arranged for a March appointment with the community health center. She said she will run out of her pain medications on Christmas Day.
"I have a disease, and I need my meds to live," she said.

After weeks of frustrating telephone calls, Miller found a primary care physician, but his appointment will not be until February.

"Everybody thinks you're out to get narcotics," he said. "A lot of us were using the meds for what they were meant to be used for, to ease our pain."

Patricia Thompson, 65, of New Bedford is still without a new primary care doctor. She broke her sternum and tailbone several years ago and said she cannot sleep at night or walk without holding onto something. Taylor placed her on Percocets, 30 milligrams eight times a day.

Taylor "was a very good doctor. He was concerned about his patients," said Thompson, adding that she went to St. Luke's Hospital after her doctor closed his office. She said she was given 12 5-milligram Percocet tablets and told she would not be given any more.

"I'm being thrown out in the cold," she said. "It's not right. It's not like I abused my medication, but no one's giving me an answer."

This really upsets me!! My heart goes out to ALL of "Taylor's Orphans"!!  My thoughts and prayers are with you ALL on coming through this without extremely harmful repercussions!!  ~God Bless "Taylor's Orphans"

Thursday, December 17, 2009

My Friends Little Sister - Cristie Noel Campbell

I have to share this video with you all.
It is my friend's little sister whose name is Cristie Noel Campbell.
She is helping to lead worship at her church at Bethesda Community Church near Ft. Worth, Texas. She has an incredible voice and everyone needs to hear her singing this song!!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Hotel Blamed for Complications of Apnea

 Hotel Blamed for Complications of Apnea 
December 8, 2009

LAS VEGAS (CN) - A man says he went to bed with sleep apnea and woke up with a wrist disorder, because the hotel where he was staying failed to tell him about a planned power cutoff. Andrew Gold uses a breathing machine that delivers oxygen while he sleeps.

     Gold sued the Palazzo Hotel in Clark County Court. He claims hotel officials failed to warn him when he checked in that they were planning a power outage in the early morning hours of Dec. 17, 2008.

     Gold says that when the power went off at 3 a.m., the machine stopped and he woke up. He says he stumbled through the dark room to find a light switch, but tripped and hit the palm of his right hand on a nightstand, causing him to develop Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, or Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy.

     Gold says had he known about the planned power outage, he would not have stayed at the hotel.

     He demands at least $50,000, and says the hotel failed to warn him of the power cutoff, and failed to provide a flashlight in his room for such emergencies.

     He is represented by Ralph Rohay.

 View actual court papers HERE


Friday, December 4, 2009

The Passing of Janice Kay (Schmidt) Everson

SALEM -Janice Kay (Schmidt) Everson, 63, of Salem, died at 11:25 a.m. Monday at her home. Jan succumbed after living with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome and loosing a courageous battle with Cancer.

Jan was a devoted wife. She spoke many times about how she felt her husband was a true gift from God in her life. She and Allen W. 'Butch' Everson were married on Dec. 14, 1991.

She was an animal lover and had three pets: Aries the bird, Kasey the cat, and Blue the fish. She loved gardening and spending time outdoors on her porch or in her yard. Jan was a great decorator and was also a personal financial wizard. She possessed a great sense of humor and was able to always find a reason to laugh. This is a trait she passed on to her children and she always enjoyed family gatherings when the house was full of laughter.

She loved traveling and going on cruises in the warmer climates. Jan had many lifelong friends who were dear to her. Her favorite desert was Moose Tracks ice cream which even in her last days she had the opportunity to enjoy.

Jan was born on Oct. 4, 1946 in Wellsville, Ohio to William Edward and Elsie (Johnson) Schmidt.

Jan has been a resident of the Salem area since 1992. She had previously resided in North Benton, Beloit, Sebring, Lisbon and Wellsville.

She has worked at various places over the years. She had worked the longest at A and J Mold Machines in Akron where she was the vice president and office manager of the company. She had also worked as a Mary Kay consultant, real estate broker with Oesch Reality, hearing aid technician at Miracle Ear in Boardman, HK Paper, and Carriage Hill (Fresh Mark) Foods.

She was a former member and volunteer of the Democratic party and formerly attended the Fellowship Baptist Church in Beloit.

In addition to her husband of Salem, she is survived by three children, William C. (Amy) Hurford of Beloit, Tina L. (Terry) Goynes of Austintown, and Christina M. (Frank) Grezlik of Hudson; three step children, Troyann Hobdy of Mobile, Ala., Valerie L. (Charles) Tonkin of Atwater, and Mark Allen Everson of Akron; a brother, Charles Kent (Janice Ann) Schmidt of Arthur, Ill.; ten grandchildren and one great grand child.

There will be a private family burial in Grandview Cemetery, Sebring, Ohio. The family will be holding a Celebration of Life gathering at 2 p.m. Dec.19, 2009 at the family home in Salem.

The family has requested to have memorial donations to be made to: 
Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association (RSDSA) 
99 Cherry Street 
Milford, CT.      06460 
( Please note on the donation: in Memory of Janice Everson.)

Arrangements were handled by the Arbaugh-Pearce-Greenisen Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Salem, Ohio.