My 88 year old mother lives in a county nursing home and is administered a 75 mcg fentanyl patch every 72 hours. The patch, however, delivers a rapidly diminishing dose starting about 6 hrs before the patch is changed. As a result, my mother goes through living hell once every three days. It's very clear what the problem is. The problem is opioid withdrawal. One does not need a medical education to see the pattern. But I cannot get a doctor to prescribe a low-dose orally administered opioid - like a 5 or 7.5 mg vicodin - once every three days to take care of this difficulty.
So I have been giving my mother a one teaspoon dose of kratom for the last three months... once every three days, about six hours before the patch is changed. This is very effective but what I need to know is if the nursing home can stop me. Kratom is legal and it's safe. I diverge here to say: I suspect there are many who might want to jump in at this point and caution me against giving my mother this herb. But before anyone does this, kindly educate yourself on kratom... and to do that, you do not do a general Google search or go to FDA or AMA sources of information. While safe, kratom is also effective and the drug companies are therefore trying to demonize it because it's cutting into their profits. If you want to know about kratom - and you want to know the truth - go to the AKA, the American Kratom Association. Honestly, I have no more patience with people who come hysterical off an FDA site, just have been thoroughly misinformed by said site, pronouncing doom. So please educate yourself before commenting in this respect, though this is not what I'm writing about or seeking comments on.
I'm trying to find out if the nursing home can legally stop me from giving my mother kratom. Others may say I should not do anything against doctor's advice, but the doctors in this nursing home are the most incompetent bunch of physicians I've ever met.
They've tried to kill my mother twice. The first time, they gave her a cocktail with an anti-psychotic drug in it that made her seem to be in the grips of rapid onset dementia. She forgot how to eat. She forgot my name. She sat and drooled and cried. A hospice RN recognized that the drug she was being given could cause these effects. So my mom was taken off them and she was reading National Geographic within a month! The doctor didn't have a clue that the drugs could cause those side effects and, if it was up to him alone, my mother would be a drooling vegetable or dead by now.
I'm not going into the rest of the stories with these doctors. They don't notice basic problems like congestion but they pass psychiatric drugs, (drugs with black-box warnings against prescribing to the elderly and those with dementia), out like candy. I'd have to write a small book to say it all. These doctors at this nursing home are not people who I can, in the slightest way, professionally respect. Quite simply, I need to know if I can give my mother kratom without the nursing home interfering. Bringing this up at Plan of Care of meetings won't work; everyone there stands staunchly by the doctors. There's a deep inhibition against letting even a shadow of doubt emerge regarding their pronouncements. So again, the question: Can I give my mother this legal herb, kratom, even if the nursing home disapproves? Can it stop me?And if no one has the answer to this question, does anyone know where or how I can find it? Internet searches on this question are leaving me without an answer. Thank you.