Today is Michael Jackson’s birthday!! It’s also the 6 year Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. What were you doing 6 years ago? This Examiner was sitting on her couch waiting waiting waiting for some news to report about Hurricaine Katrina. Finally after 3 days of calling EVERYONE, a very wise annonymous newslady answering the telephone told me, “Lady, maybe the reason why you haven’t heard any news is that no one can get into the city to report any news.” Oh. Oh. Never thought of that.
Anyway, back to Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson would have been 53 today had he lived. He died at 51, too young to die. In these two years, his estate has been wrangled over by the family, there’s been a posthumous marketing campaign to rival Elvis, we’ve found out about Michael’s drug use and addiction, we’ve found out how his doctor’s enabled him and we’ve touched upon the drug Propofol which killed him.
Right now Los Angelos California is heating up preparing for the trial of the doctor who may have killed Michael. Dr. Conrad Murray is on trial for the death of Michael Jackson. He was giving him the drug propofol, which should only be given to a person undergoing surgery under anesthesia. Unbelievably, Dr. Murray wasn’t even watching/monitoring Michael Jackson when he died. So, he just stopped breathing and died. Very simple. When you have a powerful drug like propofol being shot into your veins, you need to have a respirator pump oxygen into your lungs and make them move, cause you will certainly forget to breathe. That is the essence of “anesthesia”. To give you drugs to withstand the pain and to give you oxygen to pump O2 into your lungs and then to the rest of your body while you are sleeping under anesthesia. You are essentially under a very deep “sleep.”
The judge on the case refused to ban cameras in the courtroom. The judge also is refusing to sequester the jurors. The costs of sequestering the jurors played heavily in the judge’s mind when he made this decision. Los Angelos does not have $500,000 to sequester the jurors. Good decision, Judge. Jury selection doesn’t actually begin until September 8, 2011. California has its share of money problems and must begin a journey of frugality like many of us.
The trial should be most interesting. Who will stand by this doctor? Will doctors stand by this doctor? Does it matter that the doctor in all probability needed to keep his job and in essence HAD to do what his employer, in this case Michael Jackson, wanted him to do? If the doctor would have refused to administer propofol to his patient, Michael Jackson, he would most definitely have been fired.
What part did “enabling” Michael Jackson and his drug use play a part in his death? Are doctors “enablers?” Are nurses “enablers?” Patients have rights. Patients are allowed to kill themselves every day. But this patient had a doctor. Did Michael Jackson know the dangers? Was he aware? Did the doctor instruct him that propofol should be given strictly under anesthesia with an anesthesiologist administering, or at least an anesthesist? Was he aware that a respirator was needed to monitor his respirations? Who introduced Michael to propofol? This case has broad implications for doctors and their part in “enabling” the patient.
What do you think readers? Personally, I miss Michael Jackson. This Examiner still ignores the fact that he may have been a pedophile. If he was a pedophile, no doubt he was abused himself as a child. Did Michael get his “just desserts?” Will the black community stand behind this doctor, knowing he killed one of their own? Should be interesting…
If you know someone who has a problem with drugs or addiction, direct them to a local Al-Anon Meeting or NA meeting. Our meetings in Lafayette, Louisiana are held every day seven days a week. There is help if you seek it out.
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