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March 2, 2013 - 10:56 am

Here’s the story: a patient (who doesn’t want to be named) was at a VA hospital for a colonoscopy — not a routine one, but because of a problem that could be serious.  As he tells it:

9 am in or prep room IV and muscle relaxant … given- they’ll give me heavier dose of something before they go in. Sat there near an hour when lady walks in “Govt Shut down. If you’re not in, they’re out.” that was it. Went to patient advocate she had been sent home almost as soon as she arrived I’m guessing to head off volume of complaints.

Trying to confirm further, get more information from VA, but if this holds up, it means the VA is willing to risk a patent’s life or heath to play the sequester game.

Charlie Martin writes on science, health, culture and technology for PJ Media. Follow his 13 week diet and exercise experiment on Facebook and at PJ Lifestyle

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This Leukemia patient at the V.A. Medical Center at Martinsburg West Virginia has had two colonoscopies and other procedures over a period now of several years, and I've got nothing but praise for the excellent attention, service and all around personal concern and care from all of the staff members and professional staff I've been treated by and have met in the course of my care.

I cannot imagine such a situation as described in this piece.......caused by "sequestration" ......or.....whatever. It is also my understanding from a V.A. staff member that this "sequestration" will not affect us V.A. patients.

Moreover, my opinion of this writer here, Charlie Martin, has dropped out of further consideration, for even "Just! Breaking!" this yellow journalism.
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sounds bogus to me. i did hundreds of colonoscopies before retiring. when a muscle relaxant is referred to in the context of sedation or anesthesia it generally refers to what we normal humans, ie not anesthetists, would call a paralytic agent. you wouldn't give it to someone in the waiting room. with the extemely rare exception of doing one under general, i only recall doing one, i used only versed and fentanyl. i don't doubt cancellation. i do doubt that he was this far along and sent home drugged. i also wonder how he managed to go to the patient advocate if muscle relaxant given.
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Your only mistake in this article is in using "VA" and "Hospital" in the same sentence." Obama must have gotten a lot of contributions from undertakers.
1 year ago
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They're just pilot-testing the Death Panel protocols for Obamacare:

Step One - Remove any means or method of appeal before informing patient.
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