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06-15-2002, 03:37 AM
I will delete this message after a couple people see it that I couldn't send private messages to.

I could not post this as a private message yesterday or this morning. I'm 50. The allergist prescribed Prednisone 10 mg, 3 tablets each morning which totals 30 mg. In grammar school my nose was broken playing ball. In high school in 67 I had surgery to remove cartilage from both sides. I still had problems. In about 72 I went to an ear, nose & throat specialist. He said to take 1 contact each morning & night. I've been doing that for 30 years. I can't go out in winter or when it's cold without a hat or I get bad colds that don't clear up for a month or longer. Even this past week I had to wear a baseball cap at night because it's been getting below 60 degrees. Whenever the decongestant wears off I get post nasal drip. I have to constantly cough and also cough to clear my throt before speaking. And every night or whenever I lay down my sinuses stuff up like I have a cold. If I lay on my side that side stuffs up. Even with a decongestant each night. And the couple pool rooms I started playing at keep the air conditioning high. My sinuses would start dripping and I have to wear a baseball style cap to play. So this allergists is trying the Prednisone to see if it stops the sinus inflamation that the cat scan showed. I know it is a waste of time. But for reasons I'll mention later, I'll try anything.

Then today I went to the gastro specialist for a follow up visit. He had asked me before if I ever tried Prednisone. I said I tried almost every medicine that came out for my stomach. When he heard I started Prednisone Fri, he said good. It should help clear up the inflamation that shows in my stomach & intestines in the colonosocopy, the camera down the throat, stomach, and intesteines, and the upper gi-lower bowel tests he performed. I've also had stomach problems since grammar school. And no one has ever helped. I have been unable to work a regular job since the 80s. Just to try to play pool I might eat at about 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm for the first time. Then nothing else that day or the next. And if I feel ok, I'll try to play some pool from maybe 3:00 pm to about 8:00 pm. If I have a doctor's appt. or a lawyer's appt, or anything else to do I won't eat anything the entire day before. If I have something like a wedding or funeral I won't eat anything for 2 days before.

In April 0f 98 I was arrested for doing figures for a bookmaker. I haven't worked since then. Two separate lawyers told me I could never go to prison if I only did figures and never took a bet or paid or collected from anyone. And I never did take a bet or pay or collect. June 25th is my sentencing date. I was the bottom guy. I made the least money. I paid income tax and social security. There is no violence or anything else involved. Basically I never did anything wrong in my life. No shop lifting, stealing, drunkeness or disorderly. I never got in trouble in school. By the FBI somehow turned this local bookmaking charge into rico. And by the point system I'm looking at 21 to 27 months. If it was just gambling charges as it should be I would be looking at 4 to 10 months. And anything under 1 year in a non violent, first offense crime like this would get probation. My public defender thinks that is what should happen to me. But some other high price lawyers think they will try to add additional stuff because my lawyer told me not to take the deal. And they will try to give me about 3 years which is way more then the boss will get. And he has other convictions and other charges. So I might have to quit pool very soon. Enough of these minor details.

Now to the serious problems. I mostly stay home a lot or walk around the block to visit my 79 year old dad. 1/3 of his heart has been dead for about 5 years from a heart attack. They blew up his artery with a ballon type thing. He has always been thin. And he seems unable to keep his weight up.

Then about 2 months ago my wife went to the doctor for the first time in years. They found a huge cist where her ovalries should be. So she had to have testing done. Then they accidentally found something else. This is withing the past two weeks. She has a large cist in her pancreas. It has 5 or 6 grape sized cists inside it. Fri night the doctor returned her call. It is pre cancerous. So she will need whipple surgery. No rush but it should be done soon. Nothing has really been explained to well to us. Because the gasto specialists that did the scope & camera & untrasound tests, and the one that did the biopsy are done with their part. No she will need another specialist that performs the whipple surgery. My sister in law read on the internet that the longest anyone has lived after this surgery is about 5 years. I've heard from 5% to 20% of the patients never survive the 8 hour major, dangerous, surgery. The gastro doctor will have a surgeon specialits call her within a few weeks. And there isn't anything I can do to help my wife. Sorry.

Chris Cass
06-15-2002, 06:14 AM
Well Anon,

Gosh, this is a lot for me too take this morning. The way I see it, there's only two things I can suggest. First, post this on a medical chat message board. They might just come up with a solution for these problems.

The other, is to find a good lawyer. Someone that can help you. These public defenders don't care about you one iota. Something as important as this sounds to me like, you'll need proper representation.

I know it's costly and will take sometime but, you have to think about your wife. She, I'm sure would rather you spend time togather. It's hard and will be hard if, your conviction is any length of time away.

That's about all I can suggest. I feel bad about the medical problems your facing. I don't feel bad for the choices you made earlier in life. That's on you. Just try to keep your head up and find a way to get a good paid lawyer.

Regards and best of luck,


06-15-2002, 10:00 AM
A public defender can't do anything for you except argue the evidence. Your problem is your guilty. You need a lawyer with contacts to make the best deal possible. I have a friend that was looking at over 50 years not long ago. $75000. later and a good lawyer he only got 5.

06-15-2002, 12:04 PM
I have a friend who was looking at 4 years and he got a lawyer who had no connections except to the local coke dealers. Facing 4 he got 19 due to his lawyer's ineptitude and the need to feed his habit. He never did file the appeal.

A lawyer with a great reputation was hired and due to his lack of effort and giving the case to his underlings it faltered for three years. Now it is further delayed due to this lawyer's facing charges in another state for driving without a license, no insurance and leaving the scene of an accident. Let's hope his lawyer has connections.

There's no justice. My friend was clearly not guilty under the law but few judges care about the law. I'm not sure there is such a thing as a "good" lawyer. Good "connections" are indeed what are needed. However, if you don't have a lot of money, forget about it.

06-15-2002, 06:58 PM
Is there any way I can delete this post? The computer froze up on my son yesterday. And it must have logged me off the CCB when this happened. I never log off. I posted this thread accidentally as Anonymous last night/early this morning. I just now seen that it is an anonymous post while I have been trying to delete it. I couldn't delete it while I was logged in. So I intentionally logged out and I still can't edit or delete it. Thanks.

06-15-2002, 07:16 PM
I don't know about the deletion option for unregistered users, but you can contact the webmaster and have him delete it., Wait, I'll be right back.

06-15-2002, 07:28 PM
This is for 'Anonymous'. . . .
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote: Lorri:</font><hr>I don't know about the deletion option for unregistered users, but you can contact the webmaster and have him delete it., Wait, I'll be right back. <hr></blockquote>
You can send the Admin a PM from here:

http://www.billiardsdigest.com/ccboard/showprofile.php?Cat=&amp;User=ccboard_admin&amp;page=4&amp;wha t=showmembers

However, I've noticed that the IP addresses for the two posts are different, so I don't know if the Admin can verify that it's your post. (If you are at the same PC, this may happen due to having a dynamic IP address.)

06-15-2002, 07:33 PM
Wow, I have no response!

06-15-2002, 07:42 PM
oKAY, i'M BACK. oops, cap lock. So anyway, I'm not a lawyer, and agree with the above in that there is no justice, only legal payoffs, as it were. BUT&lt;, I have heard of many instances where a sentence , in cases like yours, was suspended or reduced because of the extenuating medical circumstances you and your family are facing. You might want to call the legal assistance help line in your area. You need to have an inhumanly low level of income to qualify, but you can give it a try. Additionally, you can call the bar association in your state, and ask for help not only in finding a competent lawyer, but also educating yourself as to how to determine competency for yourself. (I'm sorry, I know that was a grammatical nightmare, I'm VERY tired. /ccboard/images/icons/smile.gif )
Okay, now on to the medical side, which I DO know something about. The first thing you need to do is consult with a GI and ENT (ear, nose and throat) who are actively teaching at a University Hospital. You can locate these people by calling the Medical School in your state. I know this is a lot of work, when you're under a great deal of stress, but trust me, it's worth it. Many of the numbers I've referenced can be found in the government listings of your yellow pages. The reason you want active teachers is that they are required to have much more up to date credentials than your standard HMO Doctor is. They also have a much broader base of experience to draw upon.
You don't give any details about the broken nose, but if it wasn't an out of the ordinary event, you may also want to consult a personal injury lawyer. A broken nose should not result in a lifetime of misery and disability, unless the damage was catastrophic. There are filing time limits for these sorts of suits, but since the injury happened when you were a minor, you may be able to dodge them. I hope some of this helps.
Oh, about your son's computer freezing up. My kid's does that from time to time too, and it's usually because the thing is so fragmented that it can't function anymore. You can try running a defrag (it's in the accessories at the Start button), but freeze ups also occur because you are experiencing power surges through the electric or phone line. I'm sure you have a surge protector on both, but if you don't, it would be a good idea.
I'm so sorry for your situations. I wish you the best of luck, and if you need anything, including a sympathetic ear, you know where to find me. /ccboard/images/icons/smile.gif