Hep C resurgence

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arneeb
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   Posted 5/28/2016 9:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone. Sandia here. It's been a long time. I finished my Comprehensive Exam and I'm now ABD or All But Dissertation and honing in on finishing my PhD.

Meanwhile I started working in jails as a mental health professional. I work in three jails. I moved to a small town in Wisconsin. Much to my horror I find through person that she has Hep C and many of her friends have Hep C. Right after that session I find another person who is distributing needles in Northern Wisconsin to help out but Hep C is running rampant through the teen population here in Northern Wisconsin. The issue is that these kids who are polysubstance users may not have a chance. They are so addicted to so many substances. It weighs heavily on my heart.

I work during the week at one county and the weekend two small jails. I split between two areas. I have to do that until the one jail goes full time.

God has blessed me. These counties also charge anyone distributing clean needles with having paraphernalia. I'm going to start a support group as soon as I'm in one location. Having a tough time transitioning right now.

Anyways.. some info and an update.. I'm going to help as I can with resource and referral.

Sandia

I sure miss my Mike... later..

healthynow
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   Posted 5/30/2016 9:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Sandia,
It's so good to hear from you. And it is wonderful to know that you have had so much success with your education. I think how you are helping people is also wonderful. I know from all your postings here that you are a kind and caring person. You have much to offer and I am sure that you are making a big difference in the lives of the people you counsel. I hope that your daughter is doing well too.

I can only imagine how much you miss your Mike. The love that you shared came through in your posts.

Take care and be well. Please come by often to let the forum know how you are doing, and there are many here that can benefit from your knowledge and experience.

Hugs,
Emma

MamaLama
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   Posted 5/30/2016 10:36 PM (GMT -6)   
sandia

Bless you for the important work you are doing.

There was a piece on 60 minutes last night about those poli-addicted to opiates. There is a small implanted set of matchstick size meds that provide ongoing but decreasing support for those determined to quit and it eases the withdrawal. Sounded like a goodidea for the motivated..

Glad to hear from you.

Hugs,

ML

Good.luck with phd...i took all.my courses, took my qualifying exam in 1974 and never wrote my dissertation and have always been sorry...so DO IT.
MamaLama, Forum moderator - Hepatitis
Partner received liver transplant (May 1, 2011) FL
Hep C 1a Treatment - Sovaldi/Olysio (March - May 2014)
Undetected since week 4. Undetected 12 weeks post treatment.

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arneeb
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   Posted 6/1/2016 9:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I was horrified to see untreated young people.. 18 and early 20's with HepC going untreated here. We have a quiet Hep C epidemic going on.

I work with these young people and old people who have serious addictions. They are sober and some going through withdrawals. County time is straight up hard time withdrawal. They give Librium for withdrawal and not much else.

One young lady alcoholic having severe liver problems. She's 30 and been drinking since she was five. Yep five. This is Wisconsin and the kids are in the bars with their parents and her parents were bikers.

Heroin is coming up out of Chicago is cheap. But these kids will try anything once addicted to Heroin. Pills, household cleaning supplies mixed with other things.. they are huffing, snorting, injecting..

I give them mental health screenings and they don't even understand what I'm saying.. their brain is not functioning..

That's not all of them.

I work for three jails. Two of them are simply four hours a week crisis type stuff. The third one is progressive and doing four AODA classes there. But the people I serve are there and then gone. I hope to give them some tools. Many have been through every class under the sun. The outlook is grim.

I'm asked do I need a guard with the most violent ones. I ask the person.. and they say no. I sit down on the bench with a man just in on his 13th DUI who is sobbing... and I speak straight talk.. no BS.

I see families, dads, moms, kids... all torn apart mostly by addictions and mental health issues.. so the progressive jails are now providing mental health.. but most counselors don't know how to serve this population. For many counselors have been sitting behind a desk and the young ones well they would get eaten alive by some of the Hannibal Lechner types I meet with.

The long shadow of untreated Hep C hovers over these people and most will not qualify for Harvoni or any treatment due to the depth of their addictions. I don't cry. I pray for strength to keep telling them straight up the truth of their situations and work from a person centered truthful hard hitting AODA stance and for that matter mental health.

For as you recall I have mental health, (newly finished) addiction, and vocational counseling. With this background I will lead a pilot program for re-entry in a jail setting. Most jails aren't doing this. People are simply let out at 2 am and go right to their drug buddy's house and start all over again.

Anyways.. there's no glory in this job. There are destroyed lives and rampant Hep C. For some reason my emotions don't get tangled up. Guess it's my tough love mindset. For I know what these people have at stake.

I'm still trying to grasp the whole picture and know how to help with resource and referral. The county with the most rampant Hep C only has me on four hours a week. It's not enough. Hardly enough.

I will be back. I have to find a way to help those with Hep C and the young gal who has liver damage. I hope to get her to have a liver test done.

What type of test do they do for a person with liver damage? A liver panel??

She was so emotionally restricted during the first sessoin. She is coming out of that shell. I would like to help her. But she has to do the work. I can only point her in the direction of the tools.

MamaLama
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   Posted 6/3/2016 9:45 AM (GMT -6)   
This resurgence of Hep C is sad to hear. Many states are now reporting that heroin and other drugs, easily and cheaply attained I guess, is their #1 public health crisis.

And over time, Hep C, causes death but for transplantation. And you have to be so very very sick...what a sad reality. I wish my Mike could talk to kids about how sick he was and survived. He used IV drugs just long enough to get Hep C, though he did not KNOW that for a long long time. It was his drinking AND Hep C that really did him in. So far so good after tp, but one never knows.

Again, how wonderful it is that you can make a difference. I know you miss your partner every single day. How is your daughter doing now?

Hugs,

Carol
MamaLama, Forum moderator - Hepatitis
Partner received liver transplant (May 1, 2011) FL
Hep C 1a Treatment - Sovaldi/Olysio (March - May 2014)
Undetected since week 4. Undetected 12 weeks post treatment.

arneeb
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   Posted 6/9/2016 9:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Torie got engaged this past year. She is working in healthcare and doing fine. God surely has blessed us. Every now and then she has a crying jag over Mike as I do also. Thanks for your kind words.

A.Ziffle
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   Posted 6/10/2016 8:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Arneed, Glad to see you still fighting for the right causes. If we had people like yourself who served in the trenches and managed to get into the real heart of the matter (Government, Healthcare and the legal system) you and others might see a change. Otherwise the onslaught will render you burnt out or bitten fatally by the snakes you attempt to help. The forefront of this new emergence in Hep C was seen in last years maps of migrants heading North from impoverished and unstable counties south of the US. I posted a link awhile back to a CDC site map regarding a pending rise surely to hit the US of Hep.C and other related issues. South America is in turmoil and there is only one stable place to go. The US.

We have over packed prisons that are breeding ponds for MS-13 and Radical Islam. The irony is spend as much money on the incarcerated than we do on our own families with no foreseeable results. When will we pull this Politically Correct blinder off our faces and throw the yokes and chains off the tax payers backs. Form a state Militia and serve as a medic. I got a feelin the natives are gettin restless. The powder keg has all but reached it's capacity.


Ziff
"The truth will set you free, but not before it pisses you off."

arneeb
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   Posted 6/13/2016 9:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I was astounded at the silent epidemic going on in small towns in Wisconsin. Heroin is king now. Just unbelievable!!
There is no pit so deep that He is not deeper still... Corrie Ten Boom
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