Thanks to Davis
for all he’s done
I’m writing on behalf of Dr. Henry Davis. I’ve been a patient of his since he came to Terre Haute.
I have R.A., and the time I first got sick, I thought I would die. The pain was terrible. I was in bed for almost a year and I had to be in a wheelchair and use a walker.
Dr. Davis was a bright light at the end of the tunnel. He assured me I would slowly get back on my feet and I did.
I thought my life was over at that time. I take several medicines. Dr. Davis put me on Humira. I did not have insurance at that time that would take me.
Dr. Davis helped me get on the Safety Net Program. It is for people who haven’t any insurance or the money to pay for it. I take two shots a month and they cost over $2,500. Also, Dr. Davis put me on pain pills. Thank God. I don’t know what I would have done if he hadn’t.
Most of Dr. Davis’ patients are in pain. We don’t go to him for minor things like colds, etc. We are chronic. We need medicine in order to be able to walk, work, raise families, etc. Sometimes we have to have shots in our joints and water removed from our knees. In order for our hands to work we get shots in our hands and wrists. After having this done, I am ready for a pain pill.
I think Dr. Davis with all of my heart for all he has done for me.
— Michelle Sappington
of bad situation
I applaud Ron Mott’s commentary, “Lessons of Paterno, Penn State”, in the July 21, 2012, Tribune-Star. My plaudits are for the ultimate solution to the problem, but also for his assessment of Notre Dame’s position regarding academics and athletics.
The iron hands of Fr. Hesburg and more recently Fr. Jennings have assured that at Notre Dame, the tail does not wag the dog.
— Bob McDavid
do trivial things
On June 21, a 92-year-old gentleman, Philip Lodge, 50 years a smoker (but clean since his 70s), wrote a provocative letter to the T-S.
The bottom line: “Relax on the courteous smokers.” He suggests that if you don’t wish to enter an establishment that allows smoking — or liquor, for that matter — don’t. We don’t ban 16-year-olds from driving even though 13,000 per 100,000 die each year. Nor do we ban sugar because 25,000 per 100,000 die from diabetes.
Mr. Lodge does, however, allow that the “effects of smoking are no doubt harmful.”
My problem, then, is this: Is there no one with the cajones to stand up for the virtues of the so-called “nanny” state?
Let me try.
First, my compliments to Mayor Bloomberg of New York City for proposing a legal ban on super-sized soft-drink cups.
What this country needs is a Department of Virtue Enforcement. Something akin to what allows Saudi Arabian officials to arrest scofflaws who, for example, kiss in public, wear scanty clothing, drink alcoholic beverages, or commit other “immoralities.”
In this country, one in five deaths results from the use of tobacco; 443,000 die from it each year, and 49,000 die from secondhand smoke.
In line with Mayor Bloomberg’s bravado in calling for restrictions on soft drinks, I suggest laws mandating the arrest of smokers, whether in public or elsewhere.
And while we’re at it, incarcerate all who eat too many calories. Say, over 2,500 per day. Or even over 2,000 since two-thirds of adults and one-third of kids are overweight.
Also, let us allow no more than three alcoholic drinks or three containers of beer per day, two for women since studies show they react more to alcohol consumption. Maybe for the overweight, no more than one drink or one can of beer per day.
We could call it the “Scared Slim Congressional Act” since violators would do prison time.
Would not the overweight, faced with eating and drinking limits, see their pounds drop off like mosquitoes zapped with Raid?
To reduce the rate of teenage pregnancies and abortions, adolescents should not be allowed to have sex. Nor get married, for that matter, since they are too young and naïve. Nor should they be allowed to drive since stats show higher numbers of accidents among teenagers.
Those who jaywalk, litter, or spit on the street should also suffer penalties. The latter two, I believe, are punished in China. But we must be merciful. Punishment for these crimes should be less stringent than that meted out to the aforementioned violators by the Virtue Police.
Needless to say, in order to enforce the new laws, we will need surveillance cameras not only on the street but in the homes, especially the dining rooms and bedrooms.
Isn’t it about time we did something — beyond jailing pot smokers and other dopeheads — to combat the endemic decadence in America, the erosion of the American Dream, and the loss of our spirit of American triumphalism that has made us the greatest nation on earth?
— Saul Rosenthal
Case against doctor
Having read the article and claims against Dr. Davis as reported in the Terre Haute Tribune-Star dated July 7, 2012, I feel compelled to respond.
My 94-year-old mother was one of his patients for over three years until he was forced to close. Due to extreme reactions and massive bleeding from aspirin and other “nsaids”, she is forced to use only morphine-based pain relievers. She suffers from extreme pain in her legs and hips arising from a variety of problems, knee replacement, a broken hip, and has been diagnosed by multiple doctors with neuralgia, Parkinsons, fibromyalgia, multiple compression fractures of the spine, and similar problems. When my mother first saw Dr. Davis, she had been on Avinza and Darvocet for four or five years.
Contrary to the allegations reported in the paper, Dr. Davis has diligently tried to remove sedating and narcotic medications from my mother’s treatments.
Dr. Davis spent several years attempting to find alternatives for her.
He tried steroid-based shots into bursal sacs, and referred her to Dr. Bailey for cortisone injections into her spine; cortisone injections in her knees; physical therapy for three years almost continuously with different therapy organizations trying to find one that would work best, including massage; referred her to two pain specialists; in consultation with her family had her examined by specialists including two different neurologists; recommended that she be examined by IU Medical Center specialists and worked with all of these specialists attempting to find the source of her pain and a solution; tried several different painkillers for her, trying to find something that would minimize her exposure to narcotics; when that failed to work because of the constipating effects of most morphine-based painkillers, he spent months trying to find one that would kill the pain, not be terribly constipating, and not be overwhelmingly sedating.
Not a single other doctor ever helped my mother’s pain problem. Dr. Davis did. Four or five different morphine-based pain killers prescribed by other doctors either sedated her terribly, or constipated her terribly, or both. At IU Med Center, after only four visits, the doctor stated, “I don’t know what is wrong with you, and I can’t help you.” Dr. Davis at least tried and tried until he had some success. He also weaned her off of Ambien when he found out she had been taking it for four years. He finally found a painkiller that worked somewhat, although it was too weak to really succeed all of the time, but it was one she could tolerate fairly well and it helped some.
If anything, my mother is a visible reason why Darvocet should still be available to some patients. She took it for as long as it was on the market for pain, it never caused her any problem, and it resolved her pain and made it tolerable. Dr. Davis spent years trying to find a substitute. Some people just have no alternative.
To blame the doctor for the idiot who takes narcotics and gets behind the wheel of a car is absurd. To blame the doctor for the criminal who sells her prescribed pills is absurd. To make vague allegations about deaths that may or may not be related to narcotics is disingenuous at best, and at worst, immoral, prejudicial and libelous.
Dr. Davis’ specialization in rheumatoid and osteoarthritis is a specialty that deals in pain and pain relief. Of course he would be prescribing more painkillers than the average doctor.
It begins to look like the State of Indiana has decided that it is threatened by the success of a black doctor, and that someone (the attorney general?) is looking for political publicity for future political office at the expense of someone he can bully.
Why did the newspaper not report that when the state Medicaid task force raided Dr. Davis’ office in March that the attorney general’s office called the news media before the raid so it would be on TV and in the news?
Why did no one report that when they went in to seize paperwork that the police involved went in wearing flak vests and with guns drawn. For paperwork? And this occurred in a doctor’s office with mostly elderly patients present.
Why didn’t anyone report that the police first went in and raided the wrong office?
Almost every person who worked at Providence Medical Center knew this information, yet none of it was reported by any media.
The public needs to be aware that the state PR machine is in full operation and there is an obligation on the media to notice that and report it. Deliberate over-dramatizing and incompetence should be reported. Not everything officials say is true.
As a person with several years of firsthand experience of Dr. Davis and his attitudes and approach to patient care, nothing in these allegations is believable. These claims, are in fact, the opposite of any actual experience.
— Craig A. Fox
The Rio Grande Baptist Church Youth Group recently organized a very successful Mutt Strut fundraiser to benefit the Harmony Haven No-Kill Animal Shelter and the Terre Haute Humane Society.
Participants bringing dogs of all sizes and breeds walked laps around the ISU Memorial Stadium, stopped to admire other “strutters,” and obviously had an enjoyable time. Related activities for both adults and children continued throughout the morning.
Such a well-planned and organized event took many weeks of work by both the youth and their adult leaders. It is particularly gratifying to see a group of young people willing to devote their time and effort to make a positive difference in their community. This is a great example of putting your faith to work.
With the current economic situation, more and more people are unable to afford to keep their pets, which translates into animal shelters being on overload. Non-profit organizations are struggling to continue to provide much-needed services.
So, on behalf of the staff and animals from both shelters, we extend our sincere thanks to the Youth Group for their support.
— Carol Walker
— Fred Strohm
Terre Haute Humane Society
Vote fraud is
just like theft
I was in Terre Haute for a school reunion the weekend of July 14 and I read your editorial regarding the voter ID law in the July 13 paper.
It is obvious you are ignoring the history of elections when more votes were cast than registered voters and the infamous “Tombstone Vote”, all of which I’m positive many of your readers grew up reading and hearing about.
A fraudulent vote is a theft against our electoral system that is envied in many parts of the world and yet the media attacks anyone who wants to keep it as honest as possible.
I can understand your somewhat lonely position on this matter as you are wrong, period.
If your paper wants to get serious about secure elections then have the computer program code “dumped” (printed on paper) at the end of the voting process and have it reviewed by computer programmers. It is very easy to manipulate the votes and change the outcome of an election.
How do I know how easy it is? Because I have been employed as a computer programmer.
Remember what the dictator Joseph Stalin is reported to have said: “The person who votes is not as important as the person who counts the votes.”
— Ray Henderson
Thanks to Davis
RONN MOTT: Mushrooms = Hoosier happiness
Someone wrote or said a few years ago a statement that would define the word “Hoosier.” According to this urban legend, a Hoosier is somebody dribbling a basketball around the Indy 500 while eating a fried, morel mushroom. It did not define me, at the time.
EDITORIAL: Insult to an independent press
Distrust of government secrecy has been elevated to an exceptional level with the disclosure the Justice Department covertly examined two months of Associated Press phone records to determine who leaked details to the AP about a foiled terrorist plot.
READERS' FORUM: May 17, 2013
Hinduism doesn’t deserve ridicule — Shefali Purohit, Terre Haute
RONN MOTT: Israel’s Air Force
Recently the Israeli Air Force bombed and rocketed a convoy leaving Syria going to Lebanon with rockets that were going to be used to attack Israel. It did not get there. It was destroyed.
EDITORIAL: Noteworthy in the news: Dashing finish for the Sycamores
It’s always thrilling to see Indiana State University’s athletic teams do well in high-level competition, and two specific teams rose to impressive heights last weekend in the Missouri Valley Conference outdoor track and field championships.
Readers' Forum: May 16, 2013
Moving Deming folks sounds ‘nuts’
Readers' Forum: May 15, 2013
Participants rise to the challenge: I would like to write a letter congratulating all the Wabash Valley Roadrunners that competed in the One America Indianapolis Mini Marathon.
RONN MOTT: Media merry-go-round
Round and round it goes, where it stops nobody knows. That isn’t a unique phrase to this writer or to this era in time. But, when it comes to the musical chairs of broadcasting, it certainly applies.
LIZ CIANCONE: Courts see a different appearance than cops
Have you ever noticed the transformation between the arrest of an accused lawbreaker and the first appearance in court?
READERS' FORUM: May 14, 2013
ISTEP failure exposes flaws
Community hasn’t changed its spirit
Egregious threat to nation’s defense
READERS' FORUM: May 13, 2013
• Women’s group criticizes Bucshon
• Let’s hope this doesn’t come true
• Many get thanks for fest success
MARK BENNETT: Life at face value: Mom’s simple advice still presents a valuable daily challenge
Most moms don’t base their advice on scientific research.
(Unless, of course, your mother is a scientific researcher. If so, carry a No. 2 pencil and take good notes.)
EDITORIAL: Better monitoring needed to prevent local environmental messes
The nasty, hazardous messes lurking in the community raise a bottom-line, red-flag question. Could these environmental problems have been monitored and, thus, prevented?
GUEST COLUMN: Nursing more than medicine and bandages
Being a nurse … Like most nurses, I chose this profession because I had a strong desire to help others and no other career would allow me the opportunity to touch lives the way I have been able to through nursing.
READERS' FORUM: May 12, 2013
Vigo Youth Football, entering 45th year, seeks new support
Media ignoring important case on abortions
Proud to be old-fashioned
Guns in school? What’s next?
Promoting hate not a ‘brave’ act
FLASHPOINT: Again in 2013 General Assembly, middle class generally ignored
Last year, the people of Indiana entrusted the Republican Party with some of their most precious possessions.
RONN MOTT: ‘Raccoons II’
In the Algonquin Indian language, raccoon means “working with hands.” They are really cute little fellows until they injure a child, or a pet, or leave feces around where you certainly do not want it.
Readers’ Forum: May 11, 2013
I just wanted to express my disappointment at the lack of response shown by President Obama after the Boston Marathon bombings.
Readers' Forum: May 10, 2013
CANDLES event plants new seed: On April 26, CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center hosted an event called “Sowing Seeds of Peace: A Celebration of Spring” at the Apple House. Our purpose was to introduce people to our concept of forgiveness as a seed for peace.
RONN MOTT: ‘NRA Convention’
At the recent NRA Convention in Houston, Texas, where the right-wing political hot air almost lifted the convention's building off its foundation, the NRA trotted out the forever yours political dame of the right wing, Sarah Palin. Sarah did not disappoint.
EDITORIAL: Memo to U.S.A.: You can ‘SPPRAK’ just as we do in Vigo County
Our kids, truly, are ‘Making a Difference’
Some words in praise of boring government — Indiana’s
A conservative Republican governor has super majorities in both branches of the legislature. One might suspect such one-party government leads to major changes in public policy. This did not happen in 2013 in Indiana.
EDITORIAL: Doc’s prescient prescription
Viewed through a 2013 prism, Doc Bowen’s response to the AIDS epidemic looks merely prudent, routine.
RONN MOTT: ‘Heritage gone’
The last high school I attended was being torn down just a few days ago. I didn't learn about it until I saw classmate Dick Mills on television and a display he had put together about State football championships in the middle 1930's. I began elementary school with Dick Mills. That was Matthew South Elementary School on South Sixth Street in Clinton, Indiana. After seeing Dick on TV, it dawned on me that all schools I had attended in Clinton have been torn down.
LIZ CIANCONE: We always want more than we need
Washington seems more preoccupied with the unemployment rate than they are about the constant stalemate. Still with thousands out of work and the unemployment rate hovering somewhere between 7 percent and 9 percent, it does deserve more than a passing nod.
FLASHPOINT: Indiana lawmakers reinforced school safety mechanisms
Nothing is more important to me than the safety of my children. Every parent has felt that instant, apprehensive rush when their child plays too close to the street or falls down while playing soccer and it is our responsibility as parents to implement every safety mechanism we can muster to protect our kids.
READERS’ FORUM: May 6, 2013
• Money drives our newfound ‘needs’
• Guns not the only dangerous objects
MARK BENNETT: Should I stay or should I go?
Some have their Bill Clinton-era Cavalier packed (with the trunk bungee-ed shut), apartment cleaned (except for the fridge), and iPhone GPS locked onto the fastest route out of Terre Haute. Others are staying — until they find a better job, or because they’re starting a career here, or because this town feels like home. In each case, a new stage of life begins today.
EDITORIAL: Education remains worth the cost
Within the next few weeks, each of the local colleges will have conducted graduation ceremonies. A few days later, a different Class of 2013 will don caps and gowns for commencement — the seniors at five Vigo County high schools. It is still a smart, worthy aspiration for those high school grads to replicate the achievement of those college students by earning a higher-education degree.
College Class of '13 gets a little extra advice
Local college grads will hear commencement speakers offer life and career advice this month. We’re offering them an extra dose here from folks who’ve found success in various vocations and regions of the nation. Many have Terre Haute roots.
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