September 22, 2015
Dear Valentia and Staff,
We are writing this letter to let you know just how thankful we are for what you are doing. I had attended a presentation by Valentia and her associates at the Carmel Foundation on the benefits of medical cannabis. I was familiar with medical cannabis previously as a caregiver for a friend that has a chronic illness. That presentation was packed with seniors, so clearly, there is a huge need for medical cannabis in our community.
Shortly after I attended your presentation, my mother, Ruth, became very sick with Congestive Heart Failure. She is 87 years old, and she was placed on hospice. I was so overwhelmed and stressed watching my own mother struggle to breathe and practically suffocating. She summoned me one morning to let me know that I should contact her priest to come in to give her the last rites as she was ready to pass away. I had no choice but to give her the hospice medications and, of course, I was resistant because I felt I had no other options.
After giving her the morphine and lorazepam (Ativan) for pain and anxiety, she had terrible side effects. She is very opiate sensitive and she had nausea and constipation and the heavy medications just made her sleep and have no appetite at all. She was miserable and it made me miserable dealing with the horrible side effects.
I decided after a few tries of the morphine, that a better choice might be medical cannabis. I got her with her walker and oxygen tank to Dr. Malka and got her evaluated for a medical cannabis recommendation and a card. I also got a caregiver card for myself so I could purchase medical cannabis on her behalf. My mother was completely aware of everything and we made this decision together to give medical cannabis a try.
I also phoned you after obtaining the medical cannabis cards and told you my situation with my mother and hospice. I knew that I could get her the medicine that she needed, however, I was just not at all sure on what would be suitable for an 87 year old woman that had no history of using cannabis. She was also fragile and on oxygen. You graciously agreed to come out to my home, meet my mother and offered us both much needed reassurance on how to proceed with her dosage and told us about what products would work well for her.
We worked with you to go very low and slow with the products. My mother was the model patient! We tried a small dose of a relaxing mint to help her sleep. The first dose didn?t really put her to sleep the first night. The next night we increased the dose slightly and she slept like a log and has been sleeping well ever since. She is also using CBD spray during the day as needed to help her with her anxiety that comes from feeling short of breath.
The medical cannabis has also worked extremely well with her new pharmaceuticals that lower her blood pressure and heart rate and a diuretic. All are working well together! I have not had to give her any morphine or lorazepam since putting her on the cannabis and we are both thrilled with the results.
Just so you know the many benefits of what has happened for her in just three short weeks I want to highlight them for you.
- No Morphine
- No nausea
- No constipation
- No Lorazepam
- No leg cramps
- Much less oxygen usage and much better breathing with no episodes of gasping
- Glaucoma eye pressures in both eyes the LOWEST they have ever been (per her eye doctor)
- Sleeping great every night and less frequent bathroom trips
- Appetite has greatly improved
What can you say about results? We both couldn't be happier. Our wish is for everyone who needs this medicine to have the supportive help and advice that we have received from you. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your help. May you continue to spread your story to others and know that you are helping so many people have a better quality of life.
Paula Lotz, Caregiver
Gertrude "Ruth" Campobasso, Medical Cannabis patient