Health Horror Stories

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Women Suffer From Hazardous Vapors

Women Suffer From Hazardous Vapors

Dateline Santa Maria: On October 22, 2019, between the hours of 9:30 and noon women residents on “B” yard, cells in block #2 (2105 to 21-12 and 22-10 to 22-12) were subjected to Natural Sealant 104 fumes. As workers were applying a roof coating, women noticed a harsh odor emanating from their ventilation in their cells. During that time there were reportedly two ICS (medical emergencies) for inmates on that block.

The woman worker that actually saw the name of the product sent us the information. We pulled up the Material Safety Data Sheet, This is some of what it said: vapor density – heavier than air; effects of exposure – irritation of the respiratory tract, headache, nausea, and dizziness (the women that reported this complained of these symptoms;) respiratory protection – do not breathe vapors, use NIOSH/MSHA respirators.

Reportedly, most of the women in this block defied lock-down (count between 11 and noon,) left cell doors open, or sat outside using inhalers.

We understand that Perryville is in dire need of repair, but couldn’t they do this work when the women could be out of their cells? Why do this at lock-down when there is no escape from the vapors? There is a big block of time between noon and4:00 PM to do this kind of thing.

DOC gets ultimatum on deal for healthcare

DOC gets ultimatum on deal for healthcare

Below is a link to the article published by Lauren Castle in the Arizona Republic on October 16 detailing the orders from a federal judge regarding the DOC failure to comply with the settlement involving healthcare for people in state prisons. It’s been 5 years and still, the Arizona DOC is refusing to comply and people are still dying unnecessarily. Read the full article here:

I was hooked up to a broken EKG machine during my heart attack!

I was hooked up to a broken EKG machine during my heart attack!

Dateline Santa Maria: This is L.B.’s story, corroborated by her daughter.

“I am a 50-year-old woman with a history of hypertension. In the last 2 years at Santa Maria, I have struggled with Medical to get my blood pressure under control. My everyday range, with medication, is 188-195 over 92-114.

In 2014 I had a full hysterectomy which exacerbated my blood pressure because of lack of estrogen. I was prescribed estrogen following surgery. Recently, I was running out and was unable to get more, even though the Rx showed approved refills. The computer system would not renew it. [See story about the outdated computer system here.]

While I was waiting for the computer to release my estrogen Rx, the provider substituted clonidine, an anti-hypertensive used to curb hot flashes. This drug has a “rebound” effect and stopping it increases blood pressure.

After 4 days without proper meds, I felt my cheeks turn numb, and my chest felt like an elephant was sitting on it. I was at work in the education room when I rose to get help. My daughter saw me clutch my chest and left arm as I collapsed on the floor.

When I woke up I was hooked up to a machine and oxygen was being administered. I recall a nurse on the phone telling someone “Yes, she is in tachycardia, and her oxygen level is 60.” When the provider saw that, he cranked up the O2 machine to max. At some point, I remember throwing up.

Mr. R (the provider) looked at my EKG tape and concluded I was NOT having a heart attack. He told me this episode was probably just stress and anxiety, combined with being without estrogen. I was prescribed an anti-nausea pill and 3-days bed rest.

In the seven days after this event, medical never once followed up to take my blood pressure. Another week went by, still with no blood pressure monitoring. I confronted Mr. R on his way home on a Friday and he told me that he’d left instructions for B/P reading and to go tell the nurse to take my reading throughout the weekend. Not only was my B/P dangerously high, but my resting heart rate was in the 112-137 range.

When I finally saw Mr. R again, we reviewed the EKG tapes from August 27 and noticed that the tape had “LV5 error – normal” printed on it. So he had me tested again, even though I felt no symptoms. The EKG spit out another LV5 error. Mr.R googled it and learned that it indicates “connections or leads damaged or broken.”

He yelled for Nurse F, who actually laughed and said, “Oh, that old thing doesn’t work. It’s busted. The new EKG machine is still in the box.” The staff had no idea they had been using a broken machine.

I have 5 more years before my release date, but I think they will kill me before then.”

Open Heart Surgery Denied! – T.H.

I sustained infective endocarditis from dental work done at Perryville because they refused pre-treatment antibiotics. knowing that I have heart valve problems. This caused damage to my aortic root. Aortic root surgery is very grave and risky. The Mayo Clinic only...

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Medical Neglect Leads to Open Heart Surgery

For 2 years, 53-year old T.H. tried to tell Santa Cruz medical that she has a severe heart problem. Medical said "Prove it." and she said, "Ask for my records, or do an echocardiogram that does prove it." Instead, they gave her a major ticket for refusing to work in...

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Just in time – by G.V.

"I have scaly skin lesions on my face for over a year, and could not talk my "provider" into a dermatology referral. As luck would have it, a real MD walked by as I was in my wheelchair and I asked him to tale a look at my face. He said it looks like cancer, I'll...

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1 Comment

  1. Cynthia

    I was in prison for 17years and have seen so many people die in front of me It’s traumatic and I have PTSD from it. Medical never helped me for my heart problems, never took tests, just told me I have congested heart failure and didn’t do anything for me. I saw it every day. They never helped us, made us always feel like we were lying and would send us away. Making people work in the kitchen who have scoliosis, heart problems, people who have AIDS and Hep C as well as other STDs. There’s rat poop on our kitchen food, birds all over our trays that we eat off of making us all even sicker, black mold everywhere. We can’t breathe in our cells due to all the mold and crud in our walls, vents, and coolers. They are trying to kill us – they don’t care and the money they get for us does not go to us. There is so much more.

    I’ve been sexually attacked by the CO police officers twice. I have my whole life to account for in there and I’m surprised I made it out after 17years. They have medium inmates on max yards getting assaulted and they don’t care. They say it is due to no room. They also send you to max yard as punishment without ever getting tickets. It’s all retaliation. They will ruin your life if you don’t do what they want. They make up lies, yep the sergeants, if you refuse to work because you don’t feel good. I heard a Sergeant say “Oh you’re going to hurt yourself” then cuff her up and put her in isolation when the girl never said it. I’ve seen it all, believe that.


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