Fortunately for one of my friends "Gus", training as a Marine Corps officer and pilot has prepared him for one of the most difficult battles of his life. Not a battle in Iraq or Afghanistan, no this enemy combatant is right here at home and none other than the thugs at Sedgwick CMS.
Gus now 57, graduated from Cal. State Northridge with a degree in Biology in1973. Upon graduation Gus was commissioned an Officer in the Marine Corps and served for 3.5 years on active duty being released in late 1976.
Upon being released from the Marine Corps, Gus spent 5 years at Procter and Gamble then 20 years at what is now AT&T as an engineer.
Beginning in 1989 Gus began complaining to the doctors that his ears hurt. After about 200 doctors and 11 failed surgical procedures (including “minor’ brain surgery) it became clear (to Gus and a few elite doctors) that Gus had problems with multiple cranial nerves. The generic term for this is Neuralgia.
There are 12 cranial nerves on each side of the brain numbered 1 to 12 (how original). Generally speaking it is widely accepted that neuralgias of the cranial nerves can and do cause some of the worst pain known to the practice of medicine. Gus has problems (based upon the trigger points for his pain with the 5th, 7th, 8th, 9th, and 11th nerves, bilaterally (both sides of the brain).
Gus' brother is a surgeon and because of his inside knowledge of the “medical system” Gus has seen the best of the best, that the medical profession could offer, all to no avail.
Gus went on to explain, "there are multiple “trigger points” and stimuli (heat, cold, touch, noise, speaking, riding in a car, etc) that make the pain worse (it is always present to one degree or another). 95% of the pain I experience is referred to (felt) in my ears. Sometimes I can feel it originate in my shoulders, and it feels as though my shoulders are connected to my ears with “strings” but most of the pain is still in my ears. This is typical for cranial neuralgias. It’s much like you are diving down in water (or going up or down in an aircraft) and can’t clear (equalize the pressure) in your ears, but, much, much worse."
Gus has always been very active and pushed himself to the limits both in the Marine Corps and as a civilian. "I have soloed a twin engine jet and sailed a 38 foot sailboat, alone, in gale force winds. I’ve had to stop all of these activities due to the pain I experience on a daily basis."
Gus explains, "At one point I was taking 270 mg/day of Methadone. When I realized it was not a long term solution, I tapered off and quit using pain killers period,(an issue that Sedgwick managers constantly question as if you aren’t taking pain killers or any meds you can’t be in serious pain. Wrong. The “cure” is simply worse than the disease!"
After hearing this part of Gus' story I said, " I hear you there brother, I took Methadone for almost a year pre and post surgery and went off cold turkey as well only at a smaller dose. I threw up, cried, couldn't sleep, had the shakes and wanted to die for about a month. And throughout this wonderful experience, I had Sedgwick relentlessly fu@#&ng with me as well. I am grateful that I just didn't give up and die from all the bullshit, I came really close."
I went on to say, "ya know Gus, God made the Opium Poppy but the devil made Methadone!"
Gus continued, "after taking my last Methadone (we flushed over 400 pills down the toilet), I ended up in an “insane asylum” for anxiety and depression. The “professionals” there told me “no one can stop taking 270/mg/day of methadone without professional intervention."
" I told ‘em: I may be anxious and severely depressed (side effects of detoxification) but I can still count and multiply. 27 times 10 is 270 mg. Any questions?" Gus continued," I also went through 17 electro convulsive shock therapy treatments (shock therapy) in an effort to mitigate the affect of my condition."
"So, eventually about 5 years ago it got to the point that I could no longer work (I had been working from home for about 3 years at that point as driving is one of the big triggers for the pain I experience) and was unable to make the long commute to the office. That’s when my experience with Sedgwick began."
"Sedgwick, in spite of all of the documentation I have sent (OVER 2000 pages of physician notes and reports) Sedgwick, has continuously questioned the legitimacy of my illness. These are people that have no medical training, can’t begin to understand the problem, can’t treat me or even recommend a treatment and have now terminated my pay and benefits.
After five years of fighting with Sedgwick CMS, Gus has lost the battle but the war continues. Sedgwick CMS does the usual DENIAL! And Sedgwick CMS is even considerate enough to tell Gus he can't sue them until they say he can.
Gus files his appeal (story next week)
After all friends, it's much easier to support the troops "Sedgwick Style" when they come home, "Kill em with Sedgwick Kindness"!
** Don't forget to stop by and say, "Hi" to David North (Sedgwick CMS CEO) at the Workers' Compensation in the Federal Workplace Conference in Las Vegas, NV (Nov 18-21) at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Tuesday, Nov 18, 1 – 5 p.m.
General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt admits General Electric is doing business with Iran.
Iran has been sending platter charge improvisational explosive devices, also known as Explosively Formed Penetrators, into Iraq that have been maiming and killing American soldiers and marines since I was there in 2005. They have also made continuing and substantial fiscal contributions in support of anti-American and anti-Iraqi forces.
It is the policy of the Iranian government, approved to the highest levels of that government, to facilitate the killing of American's in Iraq." - CIA Director General Michael Hayden.
Despite such realities, one of America's largest and most respected corporations continues to do business with Iran. Some business even relates to defense technologies.
Well friends shocking to say the least. This is what American Military Personnel have reported. Does anyone care? Are our American young people nothing more than fodder for the GE Machine? Apparently Immelt and the GE investors must think so.
I took some time this week to speak to an Iraq veteran that returned without physical injury, but carries the pain from the death of his comrades. When we finished, I was left with a sense of sickness that I feel in my soul.
I deeply appreciate our team's efforts in bringing these stories to you and without your help these horrific activities will continue unabated.
You can make a difference, how? Start "shorting" the following stocks really hard (FNF), (EVR), (UNH) (GE), (MET). This might just get the attention of David North and Jeff Immelt and you just might make a load of dough in the process. Our guess is that GE will be <$10 by the end of the year.
See you next week,