Sunday, February 22, 2009

A Letter about Karla

The following is part of a letter I sent to our attorney.

I will answer your questions the best I can. You asked when Karla was placed in solitary confinement. On the 14th of Jan, Karla stated (in her journal she sent us)that she was placed in solitary confinement the week before, because of her MRSA. I am guessing that she was placed in solitary either on the 8th or 9th of Jan., because on the 8th in her journal she stated that she was giving samples of her green sputum to the medical staff. I am assuming it would have been shortly after that. In her journal she stated that she received radiation treatment on the following days and she listed the number of treatment it was: 1/5, 1/6,1/7,1/8,1/9,1/12, and 1/14 which she listed as her 10th treatment, 1/23 listed as her 18th treatment, and 1/30 as her 22nd treatment. She specifically said she missed treatment on 1/28 and 1/31. I know there are some treatment numbers missing in the list, but she did not record them in her journal.
Julie spoke with Karla today(the 22nd of Feb.) and she said that she has missed 2 more days of treatment in a row and is having a bad turn due to this. It was requested by her radiologist (Dr. Lynasa) on Jan 18th, that Karla see a neurologist. She has not yet seen a radiologist. She is to see the neurologist to address her nerve pain, dizzy spells and spasms. Karla was prescribed Gabapentin for nerve pain when she was in Arizona, which gave her great relief, but was taken off of this when she arrived at Carswell. Her dizzy spells which trigger her spasms are becoming constant and severe. She has begun biting her tongue during these spasms, which is very troublesome. With these she experiences headaches, burning pain in her head, eyes and chest and arms. Karla was on steroids to help reduce swelling, but they abruptly took her off of it. Dr. Lynasa was very upset when he learned this, as the steroids are very important for Karla and also a person should be weaned off of steroids and never abruptly taken off.
We have requested Karla's medical information from Dr. Lynasa's office (the radiologist), but they would not release any information to us, saying that we would have to go through the prison. The prison of course is giving us the usual song and dance and we have obtained nothing from them. We would like Senator Crapo to request the release of Karla's medical charts on the behalf of us and Karla. Is this something he could do or put pressure on them for? Karla told Julie that she signed a "cop-out" form stating that she wasn't receiving adequate care at the facility and wanted to see an outside doctor. Karla was told by Dr. Lorenzi(her BOP doctor) that assistant warden Stone told Dr. Lorenzi to "take care of it". So to take care of it Dr. Lorenzi yelled at Karla for 15 minutes accusing her of trying to make the Dr. lose her job.
Karla was informed that she would be released in August because of good behavior, but she was also told that she will only be able to leave if she does so by walking out on her own. Karla was told that if radiation doesn't take care of the tumor she would also need Chemo. She was informed by the medical staff at Carswell that there a lot of people ahead of her in line for Chemo and that it would be quite awhile before she gets chemo(if this is community standard care, what's with the long waiting list for Chemo?). Karla was also told that if the radiation doesn't work that she will quickly go backward with out chemo, as the tumor grows and invades the surrounding tissue.

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