I suppose that if you are standing underneath this guy, you would want him to have access to prompt diarrhea control.
It’s got antibiotics, soothing, detoxifying properties and it tastes like fruit.
And those are just the major advantages!
I guess the minor ones include clean underwear and a fresh smelling derriere.
I guess anything is better than having the “urge” to go when you are thirty feet in the air….
She bolted upright from a sound sleep at 0400.
Something was wrong. She heard voices in the hallway.
She got up. No one in the hallway.
She decided to go to the bathroom and then check on her adult son sleeping across the hall. “Mothers”, she thought. “No matter how old they are, they’re still kids.”
Even in the darkness she could see.
Her scream pierced the silence.
He was the color of paste, his lips cyanotic.
She thought he was dead.
He was damn close.
Her husband heard her screaming and ran into the room. Luckily, Joe was a trauma nurse.
Agonal, gurgling respirations. Pulse of twenty and thready.
Joe threw his son off the bed and onto the ground. He positioned the airway, clearing vomitus from the mouth and beginning rescue breaths he ordered his wife to call 911 and his other teen-aged son to start chest compressions.
It seemed like hours before the firefighters and the medics arrived, Joe kept rescue breathing and trying to deal with the continual emesis impeding his efforts. When the medics arrived, Joe ran into the bathroom because he was throwing up.
The patient responded to Narcan. His breathing became less erratic, and an oral airway with bag assisted ventilation was stopped. His behavior bordered on combative as he was placed in the ambulance with his mother in the front passenger seat.
The patient was no stranger to drug use, but the overdose was accidental.
That family came this close to losing a son.
And I came very close to losing a nephew.
You can imagine my interest when I was contacted by Adam Isserlis from HBO. Here is what he had to announce:
“Beginning March 15, HBO debuts a 14-part documentary series on addiction that redefines drug and alcohol addiction.
THE ADDICTION PROJECT reveals new medical information about addiction; startling statistics; issues that face 1 in 4 Americans affected by a primary family member struggling with drug and alcohol related problems; and innovative new treatments that are changing the dialogue about an illness that is now considered to be a brain disease that is a treatable chronic condition as manageable as diabetes; hypertension or asthma.”
As a nurse, I find trying to help my addicted patients difficult at best. The manipulation, the lying and the general behavior that the addiction perpetuates can be emotionally exhausting, often leaving the health care giver frustrated at the ebb and flow of recovery or in the short-term acute situation, angry at feeling manipulated or duped into giving the patient what they are really asking for: a fix.
This makes those patients with legitimate chronic pain issues feel as though they are treated with suspicion when they seek help for breakthrough pain in the ER. They aren’t imagining it.
As a family member, I’m sick for my nephew, know he’s a good kid underneath it all and want to see him succeed in his recovery.
“Directed by 20 accomplished documentary filmmakers, THE ADDICTION PROJECT presents gripping stories of addiction and recovery from emergency rooms to the work place.”
The documentary also presents the nationâ€™s leading experts and organizations in the forefront of the effort to understand and help 1 in 10 Americans over the age of 12 who are suffering from substance abuse or dependence.”
I never expected to get such an in depth inservice from a cable TV station. I will be watching every episode, hoping to learn both professionally and personally new information on addiction that will help me understand it as a disease and not a character flaw.
I hope you will join me in this endeavor.
Here are some statistics from HBO that you may find astounding:
- Nearly 1 in 10 Americans over the age of 12 are classified with substance abuse or dependence.
- Over 18 million adults suffer from alcohol use disorders.
- Alcohol and drug abuse costs the American economy an estimated $366 billion per year in lost productivity, health care expenditures and crime.
- Of the 22.2 million Americans who needed treatment for illicit drugs or alcohol, only 3.9 million received it.
- Among those who felt they needed treatment but did not receive it, 44% attributed it to cost or insurance barriers.
- 95 percent of all adults dependent on or abusing alcohol started drinking before age 21.
- If you are not addicted by the age of 25, it is less likely that you will become addicted to alcohol or illicit drugs.
- More than half of all adults have a family history of alcoholism or problem drinking.
- One-fourth of all persons admitted to general hospitals are admitted for problems related to alcohol.
- More than 100,000 deaths in the United States each year are attributable to excessive alcohol consumption.
If you know someone suffering from addiction, check out AddictionAction.org and find out how you can help.
If you don’t believe you know anyone suffering from addiction, look again.
You may find it in your own backyard.