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Posted on July 19 at 9:26 a.m.

RIP Galen and condolences from an old school, original Mesa Rat. <3

This really makes me wonder what the County jail's training and procedure is for handling drug and alcohol withdrawal. Whether or not one agrees with the circumstances of being an addict or alcoholic, undeniably withdrawl can be lethal and requires both prevtative and proactive treatment. Leaving one untended to the point of seizure while incarcerated can legally be seen as culpable. It will be interesting to see what comes out of the investigation.

On Legendary Partier Dies After 'Medical Event' at Jail

Posted on March 21 at 3:31 p.m.

No judge in his/her right mind will prosecute this without knowing it will go straight to California Superior Court and beyond.

On UCSB Professor Charged with Theft and Battery

Posted on August 23 at 2:57 p.m.

The use of the land in question was taken from the Chumash. Why is this even an issue? The use of the land should be handed back with a thank you and an apology. Period. Chumash tolerance of immigration is undeniable. Residents should be thankful SYBCI haven't taken the same attitude toward immigrants that the US government currently practices.

On Chumash Reach Out to County Planning

Posted on July 29 at 2:10 p.m.

Well it had to happen before 12:45 a.m. early Sunday morning. We passed through the intersection at that time and noticed the skid marks. Because there was nobody around, and all was quiet, we assumed it was something that had happened earlier that day or before.

On Single Car Crashes Over Embankment at Las Positas & Cliff

Posted on March 4 at 12:38 p.m.

Who is Paul Lopez? :)

On Weekend Poodle: Silence of the Dogs

Posted on November 24 at 10:20 a.m.

A minor point, but do you think we could stop referring to families as "needy" and start calling them "deserving" when they are the intended recipients of of a charitable act? It seems more human and less de-moralizing. Kthanxby. <3 :)

On Getting Naked for Minimum Wage

Posted on April 27 at 1:53 p.m.

As a friend of Heidi's, hearing the term "let the body get cold," feels a lot more exploitive than someone suggesting a call to county supervisors.

On Murder-Suicide Identities and Information

Posted on October 21 at 11:55 a.m.

I too sometimes tire of the over-politically correct climate we live in today.

However, as the sister of a brain-injured brother (a married father of three), I see first-hand how hard this man works every *single* day to accomplish stuff the rest of us take for granted. A comment like that from somebody who is supposed to be your advocate is devastating.

Can you imagine a board member of the Alpha Resourse Center calling someone retarded? A board member of the Pacific Pride Foundation calling someone a faggot? A board member of the Rape Crisis Center calling someone a whore?

It's THE express responsibility of those board members to be advocates, to be ambassadors and to teach the community about those they vow to help and protect.

On Wrong Message

Posted on January 26 at 10:05 a.m.

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I have always known that without insurance, even as difficult as it was to get the insurance company to do what they were required to do, my brother would have been cast aside and would have died. It was very clear, every step of the way, that his care would have expired had the money not come through.

As you can see from what I've outlined above, there is a normal procedure for the recovery of brain injury survivors: 1. Critical care in an ICU unit; 2. Continued hospital care in a "stepped down" unit; 3. First-stage rehabilitation; 4. Advanced-stage rehabilitation; and finally, 5. Re-integration.

Without insurance, a person is more than likely to be cast out of the necessary steps of recovery somewhere between steps 1-3 and crisis ensues as a result. This is clearly what happened to Nicholas and it is not okay. It should never be okay. Unfortunately, and until healthcare is not tied to profiteering in our country, this will not change.

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Posted on January 26 at 10:04 a.m.

My brother suffered brain injury as a result of a ruptured aneurysm in 2004. Thankfully he was insured and as a result was flown via Angel Flight to USC University Hospital's Traumatic Intensive Care Unit.

At USC he received brain surgery from some of this country's top neurosurgeons after which he remained in a coma for a month, was fed intravenously and put on a respirator. Miraculously, he recovered little by little. Though he was blind (later corrected by surgery - brain bleeds often cause blindness because blood pools behind the eyes then needs to be surgically removed), and had to learn how to breathe, eat and walk again.

The entire three months we were at USC, we received the utmost care. There was nothing that neuro team of doctors and nurses were unwilling to try if they thought it might help my brother. They were not only so obviously aware of all the most technologically advanced ways of treating brain injury, they were inventing them.

When my brother was discharged from USC's ICU he was assessed to be ready for the level of care in a "stepped down" unit and released to Cottage Hospital.

The incompetence that ensued during his time at Cottage quickly earned it the nickname "Hillbilly Medicine" from our family. No body knew how to care for him. Doctors and nurses alike were fumbling and completely archaic in how they approached his care. After three month's in USC's ICU, we seemed to know more than they did. The best care he received at Cottage was from the in-house rehab staff, who remained open, willing to learn from us and flexible in their approach.

Shortly after my brother was released from Cottage to SB Rehab, and unfortunately much of the same existed there as did at Cottage Hospital, which was alarming as brain injury is something with which SB Rehab claims to have expertise. Again it was the actual rehab staff (not neurologists, staff internists or nurses) that shined and for the same reasons listed above.

After SB Rehab my brother was sent to Solutions, a residential brain injury rehabilitation home run by a staff of incredibly understanding, kind, organized and knowledgeable individuals. When by brother was released from Solutions, an entire year had passed from the time of his original injury.

Today, he is back living at home with his wife and three children. He spends two full days each week at Jodi House, run by the non-profit Brain Injury Association of Santa Barbara. Free of charge, he works with a knowledgeable staff in a kind environment, participates in support groups, skill-building classes and enjoys Reiki, Tai Chi and pottery.

The nightmare of fighting with insurance was nothing less than a full-time job, however, and as they were legally bound, coverage was given. When all was said and done, the bill was more than $2.5 million.

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