Just before my discharge I asked to meet with the Dr. Matthew Cross, director of the Good Samaritan hospital Behavioral Unit, to present my “settlement offer.” My request was granted and Dr. Cross seems to be a very decent and honorable man. I started the conversation by stating, truthfully, I did not want to drain the hospital of monetary resources, and that he and his staff are doing a lot of good things to help people. Rather, I would rather help them to increase their resources to do good things.
This started us on the right foot, and we began discussing each settlement point. I told him that there was no negotiating on the first point – changing the environment such that the patients feel that their well-being is of primary importance, and that they have some control, rather than feeling hopelessness and with no control. (The other important point to me is obtaining the special couch-like chairs, when the new ones they have on order arrive.)
I also urged that all video of me be copied and preserved, which seemed to be the biggest stumbling block, perhaps because others are also on these tapes. I will be starting the process of obtaining a court order to preserve states evidence.
Note: Dr. Cross was very agreeable to most of the points. However, if this settlement is not acted upon, because Dr. Cross is read the “riot” act and I am forced into court for redress of these grievances, then we at least know that there are forces lurking in the background, forces that a criminal investigation may be able to ferret out.
The “figment of my imagination”
SETTLEMENT OFFER May 3rd, 2018
1. Doctors prescribe, Nurses monitor, record and administer the correct dosages, BUT PATIENTS DECIDE WHEN THEY TAKE THEIR MEDICATIONS. No medication will be withheld because of some arbitrary scheduled time in a computer. After the dosage is taken, the next dosage may be delayed for a specified time for safety reasons. This assumes competency. (Note that I was allowed to sign a HealthCare Power of Attorney in the hospital.)
2. Patients should have unfettered phone access to their personal doctors, who can work then work with hospital staff to authorize changes in medications.
3. Patients may bring their own prescribed medication. They may bring their own supplements (e.g., vitamins) or they may request any OTC drug/supplement be given at any time without restrictions.
4. Dr. Tahir Sheikh, MD, must be immediately reassigned from the intensive car unit, and all persons in the unit should have a new psychiatrist TODAY.
5. I want to purchase the five old Couch-Chairs from the ICU when the new chairs on order arrive. I am interested in purchasing all such chairs, rather than disposing of them, but the ICU chairs are the most important to me.
6. Unless they cannot be released, for a good reason, I would like all ICU members that I was incarcerated with to be released by Saturday, May 5, 2018. One girl does have an apparent mental disease or defect, but I observed NO mental illness or behavioral problems in the others, other than the side-effects of the drug HALDOL they are routinely given (and that I always refused.)
7. Switch HALDOL to a different drug, e.g. valium, as the case dictates. The side effects of Haloperidol (HALDOL) from the in the handout I was provided include: severe nervous system reaction – very stiff (rigid) muscles, high fever, sweating, confusion, fast or uneven heartbeats, tremors, feeling like you might pass out; stabbing chest pain, feeling of short of breath, cough with yellow or green mucus; headache with chest pain and severe dizziness, fainting, fast or pounding heartbeats, seizure (convulsions). Every person I was incarcerated with would have seemed calm and normal, but for the HALDOL currently doled out to seemingly every patient. (Note: please wean the patients, as the handout also warns not to stop the drug suddently.)
8. Make a Kuerig-style coffee maker available 24/7 inside the nurses station. Selections in addition to regular coffee should include decaf, teas, hot cocoa, etc.
9. Include information about the Hospital's Complaint system in the information packet given to all new psyche patients. Include a complaint form.
10. Assign, or rotate, a new high priority position Complaint Advocate. An advocate should be available 24/7, and this staff member should attempt to respond to a complaint within 30 minutes. All complaints should be investigated immediately. Social workers may counsel if the person filing the complaint is incompetent.
11. A request for a doctor or nurse change should be immediately considered and reacted to by the Complaint Advocate. If there is no reason “not to” make the doctor change, the request must be granted one-time. If competency issue, social workers may counsel.
12. Patients should rate their care on the Board, after each shift. The rating should for the nurse and tech should be “thumbs up,”, “so-so,” or “thumbs down.” All shift ratings should be recorded on the employee's record.
13. Visiting hours should be expanded, at least 30 minutes, ideally by 60 minutes.
14. The sanitation of the CO-ED showers must be addressed. In the meantime, plastic foot wear for showering must be provided (to keep feet from touching the common floor.)
15. Patients must be provided a list of Alternative resources for breaking dependency and addiction on their discharge. (I will provide the First list.)
16. The ER/Regular Hospital (or suitable medical attention) must be made available if a patients asks for “911.” The 911 'call' may only be made available one-time during the stay, and the patients should be so informed.
17. All patients must be given vitamin B12 patches for the first 24 hours. B12patch.com (This based on the discovery that almost all depression can be relieved with vitamin B12. Some people are unable to absorb this vitamin. The patch avoids the use of a needle (eg. B12 shots) and ensures higher levels of B12 in the blood stream.
18. All patients in the ICU will be offered 3 grams of vitamin C and 3 grams of no-flush vitamin B3 (Niacin). One gram of each with every meal and before bed. (The last two, 17 and 18, should expand to the entire unit)
OWEN FONOROW of sound mind and a pretty good body.
Note: I told Dr. Cross that if these reforms are instituted, I wouldn't even call my lawyer.