Sara L. Stuart
Administrative Assistant II to
R. Steven Tharratt, MD, MPVM, FACP
Director of Health Care Operations
Statewide Chief Medical Executive
California Correctional Health Care Services
8280 Longleaf Drive, Bldg D
Elk Grove, CA 95758
Here are the Facebook posts ( via copy & paste):
9/18/14 11:15 am My husband age 67 has been having stomach pains complaining he feels like he has glass in his stomach for a few days now, he was seen by Dr. Roar yesterday briefly, nothing was done, no labs, no tests, no nothing. This morning he called and said he had been constipated and his stools are black, dark orange urine, he has chills, weakness, difficulty walking and he is very fatigue. I have made several calls to the prison and spoke to Medical Services who transferred me to the facility Medical Release of Information number to leave a message and they will get back to me within 5 days. Really, dark stools can be internal bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract and yet it might take 5 days to speak to someone and who knows how long before he gets medical treatment. Now the fight begins, so tired of having to fight CDCr on everything. Praying for God to intervene here and get my husband some medical help as well as complete healing. I pray the geriatric policies we worked on will be passed and implemented.
No nothing since 8:20 am. They shut the phones off at 9:15 pm. I am very worried. He calls in the morning then about 2 or 3 pm then before 7pm. And when he called this morning he only had a couple of mins because they were doing mandatory yard for an hour and everyone had togo to yard if they weren’t working. He said he felt like he was going to pass out so going to the yard was not a good thing for him but CDCr doesnt care.( Didn’t hear from Ken all day since morning call because he was too weak to get up to walk)
9/19/14 7:56 am Ken just called he is still not feeling well and still has not been treated. He has had chills and profuse sweating. Has no appetite and says his stomach feels like ground glass. He doesnt sound too well. I am very worried hopefully someone will look into this, get him some medical attention and call me back.
9/19/14 12:48 pm My husband called this morning he is still not feeling well. Then the nurse from the facility called and said; I reviewed his chart and there is nothing in the notes that says anything about that his stomach feels liken ground glass, black stools or dark urine. I told her that is the problem that dr, never documents anything, never treats him for what he went there for but always tries to give him something he did not need or was not the problem and never runs any tests. If the doctor had documented the symptoms then he would have had to acknowledge the symptoms and treat him. Then there would be proof he was not treated for his symptoms. CDCr really angers me ggggrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!! — feeling irritated.
9/24/14 9:04 pm My husband is still feeling ill and I am still fighting good old CDCr for adequate medical attention. Ken and I figured out Monday that he is having serious side effects from Sulindac 200mg anti inflammatory as they changed his prescription last month I checked out the side effects and they match his symptoms.
10/2/14 3:46 pm Finally got some help for my husband today. I am so tired of CDCr neglecting inmates especially elderly inmates it is elder abuse to withhold medical treatment. Finally, they got the ball rolling today after I had to threaten a lawsuit and filing a complaint with the medical board against the doctor. The analyst from California Correctional Healthcare Services got him a ducat to see someone on Tuesday which was a nurse who said the doctor was finally ordering lab work. He has been sick with all these symptoms of serious side effects from Sulindac Antiinflammatory which causes internal bleeding and stomach infections for 3 weeks and seen for the 1st time by Dr. Rohrer who gave him Milk of Magnesia for black stools, constipation, dark orange urine and complains of stomach pain feeling like broken glass. He then developed chills,sweats, and so he put in another request to see a doctor and saw the nurse who gave him over the counter cough pills that did not help. I told him Friday to put in another request and put EMERGENCY on it and he seen the nurse again on Tuesday wwho said the doctor put in labs which he had lost 13 pounds in 14 days. The healthcare analyst called Tuesday and said she saw his emergency request and was told labs were going to be taken. She said the symptoms he is having are not being recorded when he is treated in Triage or by the doctor however she saw on his request slips his symptoms. Today after speaking with the assistant administrator forcorrectional healthcare services chief medical executive who said lab work has been ordered and she has been watching the emails back and forth today on his case and they should be doing something today as labs are being ordered and he has an appointment with the doctor on OCTOBER 8th. Meanwhile if he does not receive medical attention and antibiotics and find out what is causing these symptom which he has stopped taking the sulindac 2 weeks ago but the damage is already done and my husband could die from medical neglect. I got a 2nd call today and was told his symptoms were not being logged when he has been seen as there are no records which I told her the EMERGENCY request the analyst read to me and told me this case was an emergency and she read what his request said. So I told the assistant administrator the analysis knew about the symptoms ass it was on the emergency request but not in his medical files and there seems to be a problem with medical staff not documenting patient symptoms or medical issues. So the administrator said this case has went to her supervisor and he should get help immediately according to the emails coming in. Why must I fight for basic medical treatment, he is 67 and with holding medical treatment is Elder Abuse. I am firing off letters to elected officials to bring awareness this is ridiculous and I am supposed tobe resting and recovering from surgery not fighting with CDCr to do their job.
October 2 at 5:19pm no they are not documenting what the inmate request for medical is, the symptoms, reason for visit does not match the inmate request for medical service slip. If they do not document symptoms they have no record of healthcare concerns and dont have to treat if they have no proof he is having medical issues. Also pharmacy is not giving them the proper medications, they don’t refill what he needs but give him stuff he is no longer taking or does not need. He will have a prescription for 30 days supply but they only give him 10 days supply and it takes 2 or 3 requests to get them refilled if at all. Often they claim his medications were already picked up and he never got them, he refuses to take narcotics because he does not trust CDCr and doesnt want the board to think he might become addicted as he was an alcoholic. But his anti inflammatorys and Tylenol as well as his dementia medications, eye drops for glaucoma never get refilled if he does not take the eye drops he can go blind.
October 2 at 5:36pm I went after CDCr on elder abuse last year because they were making him sit for 3 hours in a GED class and he had a chrono for no prolonged sitting or standing he has had for years because he has metal rods in his back due to degenerative disc disease and is in pain all the time, He has Glaucoma and can only read about 5 mins before the pressure behind his eye becomes so agonizing that he gets a migraine and he has mild Dementia NOS, (Not Otherwise Specified) meaning it is not Alzheimer type and they do not know the cause but has some mild memory loss and disorientated at times, has trouble figuring out words he is trying to say or concentrating. So they made him do this GED Class for 18 months which was inflicted pain, suffering and mental suffering upon him. He was in agony every day for what, he is at retirement age and when he gets out he will have his full retirement. California Penal Code SECTION 368368.5 (b) states; Any person who, under circumstances or conditions likely to produce great bodily harm or death, willfully causes or permits any elder or dependent adult, with knowledge that he or she is an elder or a dependent adult, to suffer, or inflicts thereon unjustifiable physical pain or mental suffering, or having the care or custody of any elder or dependent adult, willfully causes or permits the person or health of the elder or dependent adult to be injured, or willfully causes or permits the elder or dependent adult to be placed in a situation in which his or her person or health is endangered, is punishable by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year, or in the state prison for two, three, or four years.So I used the Penal Code against CDCr and sent my letter to 15 people within CDCr, Center for Aging, Governor, my legislative representatives, and prison law office and all three federal judges. My letter was passed down from one person to another and the associate warden personally addressed the issue and took him out of the GED program. Then the captain followed up and told my husband to tell me to call me off. The teacher tried to write him up for not coming to class after that when she knew he was unassigned so I filed a citizen’s complaint against her for elder abuse. A lawyer friend told me back then I was onto something.
10314 9:38 am They finally took labs today for my husband, about time. He has now lost 17 pounds in 18 days and he was sweating profusely while getting labs which after arguing with him they took his temperature which was normal by they saw how much he was perspiring. He has to give urine and stool samples over the weekend so hopefully by his drs appointment on the 8th he will know what is going on and hopefully finally get treatment. It took an act of congress to get him those labs, they had him on as an addon patient at 7am this morning instead of ducatting him for labs. They had better have documented how much weight he has lost because they argued with me yesterday that he weighed the same as he did in March and I told them the nurse was surprised my husband could figure out in his head how much he lost in 14 days and the nurse had to use a calculator and he documented it, so where did that document go, sounds like someone is doctoring records.
10/3/14 2:30 pm I just got back from an appointment with my primary physician and I told him what is happening to my husband and he was floored by all this and sad this is a serious medical emergency and he should have been treated on the first visit to medical services by the doctor as it appears he has internal blessing in his GI tract and there are 44 medical conditions it can be and this can be life threatening. So I googled it and found this
10/3/14 3:09 pm Thanks everyone for all your thoughts, prayers and concerns. It is so sad that they let inmates die from lack of medical services because it does not matter what they have done wrong to get in there at the end of the day they are still someones family member, Mother, Father, son, daughter, husband, wife, sibling, friend, human being, and all are God;s children . I think this is the way CDCr is trying to reduce the prison population by letting inmates suffer and die as they have someone else to take their place. Prisons are big business and they make money off these inmates. The general public has no idea what really goes on because they are fed bs by the media to believe inmates are un deserving of basic medical attention and basic human rights and that they already get the best of care better than what civilians get, they believed they get 3 hots and a cot and that is all they need until it happens to them, We incarcerate more people in the US than any other nation and most of them are incarcerated right here in California where they do not get Gold Standard Medical Care as Governor Brown has stated. Maybe Governor Brown needs to seek medical treatment at the prison as an average inmate and see if prison medical is the Gold Standard Medical Care that he gets as his Goold a State Employee and Elected Official. Even I have better medical care than my husband and I have Medicare/Medical. My Doctor was disgusted by the medical services provided to inmates. I havesuch a wonderful doctor that he had left the clinic I went to for years and I found out where he was at and went back to see him after a year. I stopped by my old clinic on the way to see him at the new clinic for the very first time and had my medical records transfered to his new clinic which was going to take a couple of weeks to be sent over. He did not have any of my medical records or chart and he still remembered me and asked about my husband as he has had to write notes to verify metal in my ankle and my back injury for a high table chrono so we can sit at a regular table and not at those coffee table size tables, He still remembered my husband and has always treated me and my husband when speaking about him with dignity and compassion.
10/4/14 Today he is feeling a bit better but still ill, he is drained has no energy but the chills have stopped he has stool samples to give today, tomorrow and Monday then he will see the Doctor Tuesday. A few months ago Ken had a bad sinus infection. He has Asthma and COPD so a Sinus Infection really hits him hard. He was seen by medical staff including Dr. Rohrer who seen him first followed by nurses weekly for a month before he was prescribed Antibiotics and he had to tell them what was wrong with him to get theAmoxicillin the last visit 4 weeks later. He could have died then and this time before they did any type of treatment.
And this is but one story…folks there is more, much more. As the stories come to me, I will be publishing them here.
Why is it the Governor and CDCr can break the federal lawsuit judgement and not suffer any consequences? You can bet we are going to push for consequences…ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.