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Guest -Steven Garratt’s Mother Margaret Garratt –RIP -August 31, 2015 Dial 917-388-4520 and if you have questions select 1 on your phone and you will be put in a queue to speak or listen via internet at any time. Come join us and listen to Steven Garratt tell us how his Mother, Margaret Mary Ann Garratt age 90 died at a nursing home in Oregon August 31, 2015.
Margaret and her husband had raised their own children and fostered at least 55 during their life. Margaret lost her husband in 1998 and lived by herself for many years but in April2015 she had a stroke and went to the hospital and afterwards to a nursing home for rehab, recovery and remained at a nursing home in Gresham, Oregon. Steven did not have Power of Attorney (POA). On August 25, 2015 hospice staff were contacted by the POA, a sibling and immediately started giving her opioids and anti-psychotics (methadone, oxycodone, Haldol and Seroquel). She died 5 days later on August 31, 2015 after hospice arrival and the drugs administered to her. She even commented to her son, I’m in big trouble now, aren’t I? Sadly, he was not able to save her.
Steven has her medical records and an autopsy. Become aware of what can happen to you or your loved ones if you blindly trust rogue hospice and nursing home staff. It is our intent to inform people about the potential dangers, terminology and red flags.Stealth Euthanasia is happening across the country as elderly and disabled are being targeted for early death and deemed unworthy of more time on earth. All hospices are not bad, but so many are and you need to know ahead of time before you need any services for you or your loved ones. Most of the guests have lost loved ones whose death was hastened by medical predators. Education is key for you to know what is happening and not just listen to what you are being told by medical staff. You have the right to question doctors and nurses decisions, refuse drugs and/or hospice altogether.You should think hard about signing a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) because no effort will be made to save you and it gives the doctors and nurses authority over you. Having a strong Medical Power of Attorney is important and name someone you literally trust with your life.
The drugs most commonly used by hospice are: Morphine, Haldol, Ativan, Seroquel, and sometimes Methadone which is like morphine and/or Fentanyl which is 100 times stronger than morphine and 50 times stronger than heroine. All of these drugs have bad side effects as with most drugs but they are more prominent with the elderly and have many side effects in common but the most important is coma and death.These are the drugs that are being given to many patients without knowledge of what the drug does and without consent from the patient or the families in many cases. We should all be informed about various drugs. Listed below are those drugs with its other name with the intended purpose of the drug and the side effects. We all need to know the names and potential side effects to look for. Morphine (Roxanol) is used to help relieve moderate to severe pain and is an opioid. Side effects listed are nausea, vomiting, constipation, light headedness, dizziness, drowsiness, agitation, confusion, hallucinations(visual or auditory), severe stomach pain, difficulty urinating, rash, swelling of face/tongue/throat, trouble breathing, slow/shallow breathing, blurred vision, muscle stiffness, bluish or purplish hue to skin,bluish hue in fingertips and lips and coma. Ativan(Lorazepam)is used to manage anxiety disorders associated with depression. Use caution with COPD patients and the elderly are more susceptible to sedation effects. Side effects include: sedation, dizziness, unsteadiness, fatigue, drowsiness, amnesia, memory impairment, confusion, depression, disorientation, convulsions, seizures, tremor, vertigo, eye function/visual disturbance, blurred vision, slurred speech, headache,
gastrointestinal symptoms, nausea, constipation, jaundice, paradoxical reaction –anxiety, excitation, agitation, hostility, aggression, rage, sleep disturbances/insomnia, hallucinations and coma. Haldol (haloperidol)is another antipsychotic drug used to treat psychotic disorders like schizophrenia to control motor movement and verbal tics and treat severe behavior problems in children.It is NOT approved for older adults with dementia because of increased chances of death during treatment. Side effects listed are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dry mouth, nervousness, headache, dizziness, insomnia, restlessness, anxiety, rash, itching, spontaneous eye movement, mood changes, blurred vision, difficulty urinating, movement disorders. Severe side effects –deathin elderly, irregular heartbeat and renal failure. Seroquel (quetiapine)is an antipsychotic to treat mental/mood conditions as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression. Side effects include constipation, drowsiness,upset stomach, tiredness, weight gain, blurred vision, dry mouth, dizziness, light headedness with serious side effects of restlessness, tremors, shakiness, abdominal pain, anxiety, depression, nausea, vomiting, yellow skin, suicide thoughts, interrupted breathing, trouble urinating, severe drowsiness and loss of consciousness.
If you have a story about a hospice or nursing home hastening a loved one’s death, contact Marsha Joiner at [email protected] be a potential guest on the show. You will need to have records that document your story. For more information check out www.hospicepatients.org which has many other stories and links to assist you. Knowledge is power –hopefully.Listen to the show live or listen to the archive later