How The Mandates Are Affecting The Real People


I asked for permission to print this grieving Mother’s letter to the Democratic Michigan Governor. I wanted to share this because Many Michiganders & others are feeling oppressed now. Mostly because of COVID19 restrictions for some, but not for everyone. While some people who are oppressing the average citizens are allowed to have elaborate funerals; the “regular people” are only allowed 10 people at their beloveds funerals. I guess politicians are immune from COVID19, because I saw that one representative from Georgia had a funeral with approximately 500 people inside of one building. They were not social distancing and not everyone was wearing a mask. Our own Governor in Michigan was physically in the middle of a large protest & though she had a mask on; the two people in the photo with her, were not wearing masks. They also were not social distancing. What do the politicians know, that they’ve not told “We the People”?There was the Mayor of Chicago along with our own Speaker of the House, who got to have hair appointments, when nobody else was allowed to do that! Madam Speaker was not even wearing the mask that she wants to mandate for everyone else in society! But again, they must know something about that smart & sneaky COVID19, that they’re not letting the rest of us in on?? Without further ado, let me share this mother’s heartbreaking story:

I sent this letter about my 20yr old son’s covid funeral to whitmer. I know that I won’t get a response but maybe someone on her staff will see it and then mention it to her.
Dear Governor Whitmer,

My 20 yr old son Dominic was killed in a hit and run while riding his skateboard on September 3.
As you can imagine my husband, younger son and myself are just devastated.
Our family, friends and community are also grieving for the fine young man that we all lost.
Dominic was an eagle scout in his 3rd year at MSU in the agriculture business school. Dominic was known for his sense of humor, respectful nature and always helping others especially his friends that he always pushed to better themselves. Dominic was taking notes in his journal about self improvement that we made copies for all his friends so that hopefully they can also focus on always self improving.

The funeral home viewing is a parents worse nightmare. Because Dominic was so loved there was an extraordinary amount of people there to pay their respects.
The funeral home was very professional following your guidelines so I do not hold them responsible for a difficult day made worse by your strict guidelines.
Were were only able to have 10 people at a time in the building which my immediate family far exceeds that number. We were given the option to place the casket in a doorway so that everyone could pass the casket from the outside to view him but I refused this because we would be forced to put up netting around Dominics body so that the flies and bees would not attack him. It felt so very wrong especially since I would not be able to touch him throughout the day.
The line wrapped around the building with people waiting in the unexpected cold weather for up to 2 hours. Some people ended up leaving because they felt that they didn’t want to take up space from the closer family and friends.
At some point we were told that it was best that we go outside to greet the guests just to speed up the line. It was cold and I certainly wasn’t dressed for it but I was just so grateful to all that came.
The mask mandate that you issued was very difficult for us to recognize our guests some that I haven’t seen in years.
Also 2 of his very good friends could not come to the funeral because they had covid but no symptoms.
The funeral home could not allow us to have food in the lower level rooms typically set up for families to grab a quick bite. I am not sure if it was your mandate but they told us that they could not risk someone getting covid from the shared food.
We were there from 1-9 surviving on water and tic tacs. We had plenty of food and snacks sent to us but it was all forced to sit in the car while we were forced to greet our guests outside in the cold and very hungry with our masks on.
We had the option of having the luncheon at the funeral home but would be forced to serve box lunches which I refused because I come from an Italian family that believes food is for comfort and boxed lunch seemed very cold.
We had a difficult time finding a restaurant to accommodate our big gathering because of your restaurant restrictions. We were forced to have it at our house. It was set up just like a graduation party with tent, tables, chairs and caterer and the hundreds of other items needed for a big group. I believe you just had a graduation party for your daughter so now imagine having only 3 days to put it together during a time right after the death of your child.
I felt compelled to tell you my story because your mandates have serious implications on people’s lives. Your “science” has not been able to justify all your mandates. While I am very upset with you and your “political science”, I still would not wish upon you what we had to endure during our darkest hour. I still would never want you to have to bury your child with all these restrictions set on you while George Floyd had such privilege for his numerous funerals with little restrictions. I would never want you to feel the hunger and cold during a long day of greeting your masked guests that you could not recognize while there is a picture of the governor not social distancing next to 2 unmasked BLM protesters. I would never want you to have to decide if your child should be displayed outside with netting surrounding their beautiful face just to comply with your mandates while being told rioting is ok but not dignified funerals for loved ones. I would never want you to be forced to have the funeral luncheon at your house where no one is fully prepared to accommodate all your family and friends in such a very short amount of time while being told rioters and looters have not had plenty of time to plan their destruction.
Even after having to endure your restrictions for our sons funeral we were forced to be thankful that we didn’t have to have a drive by funeral like so many families before
While you and I are clearly on different political sides, I still would not want to see you suffer any more than you already would be after the death of your child.
Our faith is strong and we believe that Dominic is in heaven for all the good he provided to those around him. Not sure if you have faith but I do believe that when we die we will have to answer to God for our actions and motives and I hope that for your sake you are very comfortable explaining to God your actions and motives that have had real devastating effects on alot of people for the sake of your politics.
Sincerely,
Gabriella Duhn

Let Freedom Ring


As I sit here tonight, I am afraid.  I don’t often say that,  due to my history (*living with a lifetime of abuse, pain, chronic illness, loss, multiple surgeries and more).  I have been  through so much during my 58 years on this earth. I may be a bit anxious and have physical disabilities, but inside, I am a very tenacious and strong woman.  I am a fighter.  I can plainly say that it is not the Coronavirus or COVID-19, that I’m afraid of today. (**even if I were to get this nasty novel Coronavirus, I still would prefer to live free until I am unable to live any longer. I hope and pray that this does not happen, but I know that there is always a chance. I’m willing to take that chance to live a free life outside of my home).  It is those  people who have made “being safe at all costs” more important than living life at all.  I fear those for whom this virus has yeilded power; they are our biggest threat. If you think about living in pre-COVID-19 times, you will remember that waking up every day and going out into the world is not and has never been “SAFE”.  But still we went out every day and lived our lives in “unsafe mode” constantly and consistantly.  Just think about it for a moment.  Getting into the car and driving, is not safe. Getting into an airplane and flying, is not safe.  Going to the mall, where there are a multitude of germs, is not safe. There are people who have gone sky diving, parasailing, skiing, race car driving and even gone to concerts and full football, Baseball or Hockey stadiums in the past.  Yet today, those same people are now still hiding inside of their homes, terrified of something that has a fatality rate lower than expected and close to the Flu’s 0.1%. Study” Coronavirus Fatality Rate Lower than Expected, Close to Flu’s 0.1%

The threat seems to be coming straight from those elected officials who are supposed to be governing at the pleasure of the people! They were not elected into the office of Governor, to become dictators and tyrants.  One of those dictator tyrants, for example, is our Michigan Governor Gretchan Whitmer. At the first sign of trouble; they order us cower in place and then dictate from their basements (or their second or third homes, after ordering the rest of us not to travel to any second vacation homes).  They are fear mongering instead of uniting. They are telling us to stop thinking for ourselves and listen to & follow their outrageous orders. We, the people,  are shrinking instead of standing tall. But standing tall and fighting for freedom is what Americans have done best for hundreds of years. Please let it be known that I do not condone violence.  But peaceful resistance, writing, calling, getting petitions and recalls out there; are proactive steps, made by “Free People”, and I definitely do believe in and support these peaceful actions, especially now.

Our Governor and several other Democratic Governors have made hundreds of executive orders.  They have claimed that they are being driven to these Executve orders by Science and data.  But all of the Science and data that I have read, has been incorrect time and time again. The data has been incorrect, misrepresented, and downright skewed to make things appear much worse than the situation truly is.  The CDC’s own Dr. Fauci has admitted that he has been wrong! He also told us in March 2020, that masks were “not necessary” and that they “won’t protect us” from COVID-19.  But then a few months later, informs us that we ” MUST wear masks” to keep us “Safe”. He also is the same person who told us that these lockdowns were necessary to “flatten the curve”.  Well we did that and flattened the curve on or about mid April 2020. It is now almost June and we are still quarantined and under “orders to stay at home” (except for essential travel for food or necessary items to sustain life etc.).  Now Dr Fauci, our expert Immunologist who has been advising our President and the COVID-19 taskforce, says that a second wave is “NOT INEVITABLE”–and he is “feeling better about” preventing it. 

Many of the same ideas that have been going on inside of my head, were said aloud in a courtroom in Illinois this past week. Judge McHaney, who presided over a case against Governor Pritzker, verbalized and put in court transcripts, many of the things that have been eating away at my inner self.  Here are some of the things that he said:   Mainerv. Pritzker Transcript – Let Liberty Ring :

Since the inception of this insanity, the following regulations, rules or consequences have occurred:”

  • I won’t get COVID if I get an abortion but I will get COVID if I get a colonoscopy
  • Selling pot is essential but selling goods and services at a family-owned business is not.
  • Pot wasn’t even legal and pot dispensaries didn’t even exist in this state until five months ago and, in that five months, they have become essential but a family – owned business in existence for five generations is not.
  • A family of six can pile in their car and drive to Carlyle Lake without contracting COVID but, if they all get in the same boat, they will.
  • We are told that kids rarely contract the virus and sunlight kills it, but summer youth programs, sports programs are cancelled.
  • Four people can drive to the golf course and not get COVID but, if they play in a foursome, they will.
  • If I go to Walmart, I won’t get COVID but, if I go to church, I will.
  • Murderers are released from custody while small business owners are threatened with arrest if they have the audacity to attempt to feed their families.

These are just a few of the examples of rules, regulations, and consequences that are arbitrary, capricious, and completely devoid of anything even remotely approaching common sense.  State’s attorneys in this state, county sheriffs, mayors, city councils and county boards have openly and publicly defied these orders followed by threats to withold funding and revocation of necessary licenses and certifications unless you obey.

Our economy is shut down because of a flu virus with a 98% -plus survival rate.  Doctors and experts say different things weekly.  The defendant cites models in his opposition.  The only thing experts will agree on is that all models are wrong and some are useful.  The Centers for Disease Control now says the virus is not easily spread on surfaces.”

“The defendant in this case orders you to stay home and pronounces that, if you leave the state, you are putting people in danger, but his family members traveled to Florida and Wisconsin because he deems such travel essential.  One initial rationale why the rules don’t apply to him is that his family farm had animals that needed fed.  Try selling that argument to farmers who have had to slaughter their herds because of disruption in the supply chain.”

“When laws do not apply to those who make them, people are not being governed, they are being ruled.  Make no mistake, these executive orders are not laws.  They are royal decrees.  Illinois citizens are not being governed, they are being ruled.  The last time I checked Illinois citizens are also Americans and Americans don’t get ruled!  The last time a monarch tried to rule Americans, a shot was fired that was heard around the world.  That day led to the birth of a nation consensually governed based upon a document which ensures that on this day in this, an American courtroom tyrannical despotism will always lose and liberty, freedom and the constitution will always win”

As I sit here contemplating a smooth ending to this post/article, I realize that #1: our Governor in Michigan, Gretchen Whitmer, has been one of the top tyrannical dictators. She has done and said similar scenarios as the Governor of Illinois. Yet, our Michigan court somehow sided with her? Her family went up North last weekend to her 2nd home. I saw photos of her in a restaurant without a mask and with several other people. Her husband was exposed as trying to get a favor, because he is “the Governor’s husband “. He asked a boat dock company to let him “jump the line” because of who his wife is. She first said it never happened. But later went on Television & explained that “it was his failed attempt at humor”. Which one is it? The same rules have been applied to Michigan, but even more arbitrary and nonsensical. How can Lottery tickets be essential, but a knee replacement which would alleviate great pain, is not? I cannot top those words just above. I would like to reiterate the judges words and say to you….”Liberty, freedom and the constitution should always win”…..thank you for being here.

We ARE In The Room



If you visit the Emergency rooms in Michigan, you see and feel many horror stories.  I don’t visit the ER and have not since 2007, when I was diagnosed with CRPS.  I had chronic pain even before that, from several chronic pain issues and illnesses stemming from a car accident and other reasons. But the last time that I went, I was treated like a pariah because I was taking pain medication.  They never asked me about all of the different therapies and non-Opioid medications that I’ve tried.  They don’t know all that I’ve been through.  They also don’t even ask me if I’ve ever been addicted to anything in my life.  The answer would be “NO”. I’ve never smoked anything and I don’t even drink “once in awhile” socially, not ever!  Yet, the Dr.’s and nurses treat people that take small amounts of pain meds as if we are someone to be scorned.  The amount has gone down but it’s not ever going up.  It works for me and for about 25% of the chronic pain population. Only 1% of  legitimate chronic pain patients ever become addicted to pain medications given to them by a pain management physician.  For some people this is what works after numerous other medications and therapies have failed.

I want to share with you just an overview of something I read in a Detroit Newspaper article yesterday (Link to Detroit news article  .  This is what is happening in Michigan in 2017. I’m praying for change and I’m going to advocate to help the legitimate chronic pain patients. I have already written to and gotten a response from the other letter that I wrote to the White House and Governor Chris Christie.  All that I got in return was a fancy form letter from “The White House”.   I can’t give up.  I refuse to give up hope, without hope, we have nothing left.  We must not give up and we need to keep hope alive.

This is just the summary of what actually happened to a family in Michigan.  I read in our Detroit, MI newspaper recently, and it is just a summary:   “Over on a gurney, a woman screams out writhing from pain. A Dr. stands idly by, just watching a monitor. He stood away from her as she was doubled up in pain, screaming about pain in her abdomen.  Her husband walked in and saw this and he new about his wife’s chronic pain condition(s), but had never seen anything like this from her.  The Dr. was expressionless, as if she was not even in the room and as though she was a non-feeling “thing”, a non-being person with feelings and a soul”. Imagine if it was his wife, his mother or child? Would he still feel the same?

So moving on, …”as the husband approached this so called “Dr.”,  the physician was startled and reached out his hand to introduce himself. He said to the husband, “yes she’s “complaining” about pain. He said “we will “try” to address it. Next, he said something horrifying, but not new to our American chronic pain communities.  He said “addicts often come to the emergency room looking for opioids”.  The woman’s husband knew about her medical condition and he knew enough to realize that something must’ve gone terribly wrong after the nerve block procedure she’d had done earlier that day, while he was at work.  They’d been to Cleveland and Mayo clinics and even to the U of MI hospital. This poor woman had gone through numerous medical procedures and attempted over 40 medications. They finally had found a regimen that worked to relieve enough of her pain so that she had some semblance of a life now and then. The only effective regimen was very complicated but it included Opioids”.  The way she was treated just recently, in 2017 is barbaric to say the least.

This is happening not only here in Michigan, but all over the USA.  Just today, 9-17-17, I read an article that was sent to me through my email. The article written by Julie Mack in “MLive”, discusses many statistics about Michigan deaths from “overdose of Opioids, including Heroin”. Opioids for legitimate and suffering chronic pain patients and Heroin, should not even be compared in the same sentence; let alone included together in the same article showing numbers of deaths.  The article even states that “these numbers are based on death certificates and list only deaths that specify “Opioid and/or heroin” as a factor”.  I want people to see the difference here. Legitimate chronic pain patients who’ve been doing well, taking opioids, after trying many other methods to relieve their pain; are not even in the same same category as heroin addicts.  Unfortunately, from the death certificate, they just lump everyone into one category and that’s hurting the pain patients.  We are suffering due to the ignorance of certain Government officials and the paralyzing fear that has been put into our legitimate and caring Pain management physicians.

In Michigan, a bill was recently introduced into the House of Rep.  This HB 4601 would put absolute limits on the dosages that chronic pain patients may receive. The patient’s medical history, illness(es) or lack of any proof of abuse or addiction are suddenly irrelevant. The Government would be mandating that “no doctor may prescribe opioids to a chronic pain patient exceeding 100 morphine milligram equivalents per day.” No matter what! Oh my goodness, everyone’s bodies are different and dosages can affect people differently.  If this bill goes into law,  legitimate pain patients will be bedridden and writhing in pain.  Please help us and learn about this side of HB 4601. Our Michigan Government needs to step in now, to help other government leaders and those in Washington D.C., to understand this huge gap between pain patients and drug addicts. There are two distinct groups included in HB 4601, but we are being “lumped together” as one.

In Oakland County Michigan, the Board of Commissioners has taken a stand against this historically old proposal. They unanimously passed a resolution stating that HB 4601 “infringes on a doctor’s ability to care for patients by substituting  the Legislature’s opinion for the opinion of individual medical professionals.” The board also advocated a balanced method “that specifically targets addiction and abuse while protecting the rights of patients for whom these prescriptions are medically necessary”.  Please help the chronic pain community. We are human beings and we deserve our rights and our lives protected by the state of Michigan and the USA government as well. Please don’t take the rights of our educated physicians away from the decision making process. Educate them more in the area of chronic pain management, but the doctor patient relationship should still stand.  Our Senators, Governors and even our President, need to be educated in this area.  They need to understand the differences between addiction and dependency; along with the difference between drug addicts versus legitimate chronic pain patients.

I implore you to help stop this in Michigan and everywhere. I understand that balance is hard, but we need to think of the real people that HB 4601 affects.  Slashing dosages of opioid pain medications or taking it completely away from people that it has been effectively helping is cruel and abusive. This is America! What is happening to us when the government steps in and takes away a doctors right to treat his patient effectively?  If we can focus more on the people, we would start tailoring laws to address societal harm and avoid legislative dragnets that sound good in headlines but bring danger and harm to too many  citizens. We need to do better for the legitimate chronic pain patients for whom all other methods have failed.

We ARE here, we ARE in the room.  Please join me in helping to make the government and elected official listen to our plea!

Excerpts taken from DetroitNews.com

9-12-17 “Opioids Treat Real Pain; Don’t Limit Drs”

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House Resolution 267-Michigan/USA


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This post is a very exciting post for me to write. Most of all I want you to look at the pictures because it's my most exciting accomplishment in a very long time. I wrote a letter to our Michigan House of Representatives, Rep.Diane Slavens, last year. I asked if we could get a resolution to make November be a "legal" month for Awareness of RSD/CRPS, in Michigan; where I live.
Well ..,yesterday in my mailbox I got some exciting news. I opened up something that was addressed to me from the Michigan State House of Representatives . I opened the large manilla envelope, to find “Resolution #267″. It states that ;”in the state of Michigan, November will be legally now, RSD/CRPS awareness month”. There are many many things in the resolution and a number of representatives signed it. I am so excited that I actually got something done and accomplished in the awareness arena for RSD/CRPS! You can look at the pictures below, which is why I put a many photos. I hope that you will take the time to look at them.
I’ve been an administrator and originator of a support group for people in pain and with invisible diseases; especially RSD/CRPS since 2007. I think trying to get something done to help awareness and to support people like myself; who suffer from this very painful, progressive and debilitating disease, is so important. There are many people who are aware of breast cancer and of other cancers, Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis (which I also suffer with), Fibromyalgia and other debilitating diseases. Many people don’t know about the pain and suffering of Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy a.k.a. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.
Through my “CAUSE,” which is called “R. A. S. E. For Invisible Diseases” (www.causes.com/RASEforinvisiblediseases), Meaning : “Race for Invisible Diseases”,and through my work as a Health advocate for RSD/CRPS & other chronic pain illnesses, I have tried to have our voices heard.
Well I think that We’ve finally had our voices heard. Someone listened to me and someone cared. That person was Michigan House of Representatives, Rep., Dian Slavens. She cared enough to put this through for me and for all of us in pain; and for those suffering with RSD/CRPS. We now have a month that is dedicated just to our CAUSE: ” Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy”, also known as “Complex Regional Pain Syndrome”. I just want to take a moment to say thank you so much, from the bottom of my heart. This means so much to many people, not just me. Again I say “thank you”. In Michigan House of Representatives resolution # 267, our voices have been heard !! Now… All of you who are suffering, please help me spread awareness and support for this horribly debilitating, progressive and painful disease!

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