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doctors and nurses, all frantically saying things to each
other. They asked me questions I am not sure I heard_ When !
tried to respond I could not speak.
.... 39. Medical records indicate that I nearly died that
day° The lab report indicates that there was a nearly total
absence of potassium in my body. I was given massive injec-
tions of potassium in the emergency room and placed on an oral
4G. This experience caused me to become deeply
disenchanted with drugs, doctors, and hospitals. I knew I
could not handle many more "adverse reactions" and decided that
my medical treatment was more dangerous than my MS. I stopped
taking all steroid drugs, but continued using Valium and other
mood-altering drugs in an effort to control my severe spasms.
41. Some days ! would be semi-ambulatory. Most days
I was completely bedridden. My eyesight became very blurred
" .... and I lost all ability to focus. Unable to walk, reads or be
with my familyf I became very depressed.
42. Unable to do anything else_ I began smoking
..... marijuana. It helped relieve the boredom. During the course
of a day I might smoke 4 to 6 "joints_ _ usually sharing them
with friends. I just wanted to get _high."
...... 43° One evening some old friends came to visit and
we smoked several _joints. _ When my friends got up to leave, I
stood up to say goodbye. Everybody in the room suddenly
stopped talking and stared at me. At first I could not under-
stand what was wrong. Then i realized I was standing; that I
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