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wickedstepmother 5 years, 1 month ago on Will The Memorial Hospital's new facility improve health care in Moffat County?

As a person who appreciates good as well as kind health care, I am happy to see that the new facility will draw new top notch talent in health care providers. Updated equipment will surely improve the diagnostic capabilities which is an improvement in health care. If all the providers could just remeber the most important word we used today, health "care".

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wickedstepmother 5 years, 3 months ago on Kris Smith: Deer could hurt children

I would like to remind all the residents to whom this issue is a concern that the deer go where the food is and it is obvious there is always going to be more food in town than there is anywhere else. The deer can be removed, sure, however, they will find their way back unless you propose 8 ft fencening around the entire city limits. Basically what you are looking for is for the city to remove the deer from town which would be dangerous to the deer, dangerous the people trying to remove them (DOW or whoever), and most of all dangerous to the children if the deer are spooked. You know the natural reaction any wild animal has when it feels threatened, it will defend itself. I prefer that the deer come into my yard, I see no other reason to want to live in this town. Seeing deer in town, and the occasional elk, is why I moved here 8 years ago. Therefore do not expect me our those who feel the way I do to call for deer to be removed from my yard or anywhere else I see them. Has everyone not realized that this issue is unsolvable. Face it, nature will prevail and mankind trying to control nature is mankinds worst mistake.

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wickedstepmother 5 years, 3 months ago on Jim Blevins: We all need health care

Due to a lack of insurance and not receiving an annual physical people will suffer easily curable illnesses and even death costing taxpayers more overall. I am now diasabled with arthritis that I have had since I was a teenager. If my widowed father had available affordable health insurance maybe the arthritis could have been treated and I would be able to work instead of suffering irreversible spine and joint damage. I grew up in a low income single parent home and the lasting effect of not having insurance or regular physical exams changed the course of my life. I want my now adult children to have everything I never did from being able to go to college to getting healthcare without going bankrupt for it. I have filed bankruptcy twice in my life already and now have a zero credit rating due to medical bills I cannot pay even though I had insurance the copays and deductables equalled thousands. A change in our nations healthcare system is not only welcomed but necessary. To live healthy is a right, it should not cost everything, Sometimes not being able to pay will cost your life.

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wickedstepmother 5 years, 3 months ago on Bryce Jacobson: Paying rightful respect

I could not agree more. In fact, as long as we (the US) have soldiers fighting and dying in any war anywhere around the world, shouldn't all flags stay at half staff until every soldier returns home alive or dead? Even better still, why aren't there any yellow ribbons tied around the trees? I thought that was the symbol used by people awaiting the return of soldiers.

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wickedstepmother 5 years, 3 months ago on Ken Rice: Deer were here 1st

Just the other day I saw a 5x4 buck eating a pile of tree trimmings stacked on the roadside on Rose Street. It enjoyed the nice fresh green leaves someone so consideratly placed there for him. The beautiful animal still in velvet allowed my husband and I to park and watch him for about 15 minutes before he just strolled across the street in front of us and went about his way. If I had my camera with me I would have submitted a photo. I moved here from Florida for the sole reason that I could see the wildlife in and around town. My brother visited last winter and was able to see a small heard of elk at the east end of town, the first time he had seen elk. Yes I too enjoy a nice elk steak as does my brother, but I much more enjoy seeing the deer in my backyard. If you don't want deer in your yard, same thing goes for the alligators and lizards in Florida, move where they don't live.

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wickedstepmother 5 years, 3 months ago on Are you in favor of registered patients using medical marijuana for treatment?

No matter how you slice it marijuana is a natural -pain medicine, antidepressant, appetite inducing, nausea reducing - wonderdrug!! My 46 year old father died of cancer of the pancreas and liver in 1988 when I was 18. I cared for him for nearly 1 year after he was diagnosed and cut open and radiated and chemotherapy'd til he died. The first six months he took dilaudid and percocet and compazine and went from 185 lbs down to 135 lbs The last six months of his life he stopped all the pills and only smoked some good skunky weed. He gained 20 lbs back, could eat without throwing up, and had a lot less pain than the first six months. Now I have some of the inherit medical conditions both my mother (she died young also) and father had - one being severe arthritis since I was a teenager. It has disabled me and of course the doctors give me something for pain - I image if I could afford some of that good skunky weed and new where to buy it - I would!!!

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wickedstepmother 5 years, 9 months ago on Verna L. Miller: TMH care was great

I can appreciate someone in need of good medical care more than most. I suffer several debilitating painful and disabling conditions. I have sought help at the Memorial Hosp several times over the past few years and have come to find the quailty of care received is based on the knowledge of the patients history and not on the immediate reason of the emergency room visit. As I had a fever and intense migraine with neck and back pain for three days I grew concerned and went to the ER. There after an hour and a half I was told I had pneumonia handed a prescription for an antibiotic and told goodbye. I had no cough at all and was questioning the diagnosis. For this I was told by the nurse it started as upper respiratory infection and the doctor would not address me at all because I asked for something for the migraine. Of course I was given nothing due to a maintainance pain prescription I had received 2 weeks prior and discharged. Curiously after I finished the antibiotic I became sick with a sinus infection and now I have upper respiratory congestion. I had none of these symptoms at the time of the ER visit so I got a copy of the chest x-ray report taken that supposidly showed pneumonia. To my surprise the report says it was ordered for symptoms being a cough and the result says NORMAL & CLEAR. So where exactly was the pneumonia? And why would Dr. KIpe the Chief of Staff prescibe an antibiotic to someone for pneumonia when the x-ray does not indicate any? This kind of medical care from your facility Mr. Moore is the kind that can kill people. I now am faced with an illness that is obviously stronger than the antibiotic I was given and apparently it is not pneumonia.

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wickedstepmother 5 years, 10 months ago on Trapper Mine officials said it's possible the Moffat County operation could close within five to 14 years. Should Moffat County officials spend money on pursuing other economic development opportunities that could offset that job loss and tax revenue?

I see the closure of Trapper mine causing a good number of jobs to be lost and this is not the time to just let something like that happen. This county has few enough job opportunities available and planning now would possibly keep many of the people from having to relocate, or worse, loose their homes from no available work when the mine closes. Unemployment rates are reaching all time highs and sadly enough if Trapper mine closes those people would not be able find work locally. If there is some kinds of businesses that could be attracted to come here, get them now. If the county waits till everyone is out of work, then it would be too late.

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wickedstepmother 6 years ago on Michelle Powers: TMH staff rude

I am what you may consider unhealthy. I suffer from several extremely painful conditions. One of which is migraine headaches. I myself can say that I have firsthand experiencd the down right rude, even inhumane treatment by the staff of the Memorial hospital emergency room. Suprisingly there is a sign in every patient room that shows a pain scale and at the bottom states "you have a right to pain management" even though the physicians dont use it. Because the staff there are fully aware of who I am and the problems I suffer, if and when I go to the ER everyone knows me by first name even though I dont know who they are. I have been left to wait as long as 3 hours, I have been left in a weakened condition sitting in my own vomit and feces, and worst of all I have been left in deadly pain. I feel that the only ones to hold accountable for the poor treatment I have received would be the ER physicians at the time of treatment and the staff who oversee the ER department. I know that a new hospital is being built but that doesnt change the staff. I only wish that the community could elect the people who run the hospital and its departments so that maybe the community would be better treated when the hospitals emergency room became necessary. Sadly an hour trip to Yampa Valley Medical Center is not always affordable in a true emergency, but if I could YVMC would also be my first emergency room choice.

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wickedstepmother 6 years, 2 months ago on Marsha Scullion: Way to express feelings

This is not a first for the Memorial Hospital. However a new facility is not the answer to the problem. The staff of the emergency room is where the problem lies. For someone to have severe anemia and it not be detected by a physician evaluating them brings to mind the true problem; a lack of concern for the patient by the physician or worse, a lack of ability in emergency medicine.

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