12/19/07 -- While driving to have my daily visit with Montell I received a call at 4:50 p.m. from Warden McCann, from Stateville who informed me that my visiting privileges had been revoked until I meet with the hospital’s administrative staff and that they would be calling me. I told him that they had requested that I remove all employees’ names from the blog and that I had. I also told him that I hold the Illinois Department of Corrections responsible for the condition that Montell lies in everyday.
While under their “watch and care” he developed Stage 4 bed sores, a blood infection that now reaches the bones of his limps and to add insult to injury while extracting some of his teeth they gave him Hepatitis C which now Montell is suffering and dying from. None of these are related to chronic progressive multiple sclerosis. I invited him as well as others from that department to come out and look at Montell lying in a fetal position and see how frail his body is and then tell me and others that you gave him the “best of care”.
I went on to tell him that his department have done a lot to me and Montell and the public needs to know what they are doing to men and women behinds those walls when they become ill. They need to know this and demand that these conditions be stopped immediately. I realized that I’m losing my son and hope and pray that by sharing what we are experiencing with this system will help to make the public cry out for justice and demand quality healthcare for all inmates. I will never stop telling our story until this has ended. I, as well as others am aware of the men and women who have already died behind those walls, this is outrageous and have got to stop!
Prisons are obsolete in the first place. Having them in existence does not deter crime. Having them is just a way of warehousing people and other people making money off of them.
The money wasted on building these facilities should be used for educating children and providing jobs for people. He then told me that the hospital would be calling me as well. Enough Is Enough! By the way I told him that he would see his name on Montell’s Blog in the morning as well as our conversation.
After hanging up the phone from him, I immediately called my attorney and told him what had just happened to me. I gave him the number to contact the prison. I’m tired of being denied the right to see my son.
I then call the hospital and talked with my contact person. at the hospital and told her what Warden McCann had told me. She stted that she didn’t know anything about the hospital asking that my visiting privileges be revoked. We had spoken this morning and I assured her that I would remain all hospital employees’ names from the blog and I had. She then told me that the meeting I had requested with the medical team working with Montell is scheduled for tomorrow at 11 a.m. She asked me let her make a telephone call. I told her about my concerns regarding Montell not seeing me today because of this mess and she assured me that she would check on him hourly and let me know how he was doing. I know that Montell is looking forward to seeing me, when I let him last night I told him I would see him today.
Since I didn’t hear from my contact as promised I called the hospital at 8:25 p.m. and asked to speak to the nurse who is taking care of Montell. She told me that she had been told to check him every hour and that she had just turned him form one side to the other. She stated that she was not told to call me, but had let Montell know that I would be there tomorrow. I asked for his vitals and she gave them to me from 5 p.m. His blood pressure was 95 over 60, pulse 95, respiration 22, oxygen level 96 and his temperature was 99.2.
12/18/07 – I arrived at the hospital at 2:45 p.m. Montell was lying on his right side. When he saw me he wanted me to put his left hand on his shoulder and the right hand down by his side so that he could touch the mattress. Today Montell was frustrated, he kept whining. I asked him if he felt well and he indicated that he didn’t. He wanted me to put the edge of the sheet his mouth and he wanted me to turn him to his left side but I was told by the nurse that they had turned him about an hour ago. Montell kept indicating that his right hip was hurting. I know that he doesn’t like lying on his right side and I told him that he had to wait because we want the bedsores on both sides of him to heal. I asked him to please lie on that side for one more hour and he nodded “yes”. The nurse came in and showed me how to do range of motion with his left arm. However, Montell didn’t want me to do it and started whining. The nurse told me that she had been doing this with him. Montell started whining again because he wanted his hands placed on his shoulders.
The wound care nurse came in to clean out his wounds and redress them. I noticed that the wound on his left feet isn’t healing very well, it seems to have an infection in it. As she was cleaning it out he started moaning. However, the other wounds seem to be doing better they look than last week. Montell wanted his right hand put by his side. I told him that he could do that his self, he motioned to me that he wanted me to do it. I did. However, I’m trying to encourage him to do as much as he can for himself. I don’t want the right arm to get like the left arm. After I moved the arm he drifted off to sleep. While he was sleeping I noticed that he was having spasms frequently and was moaning but still asleep.
About 45 minutes later he woke up and wanted me to cover up his hand, however, he kept taking the sheet off. He couldn’t decide whether he wanted his right hand on the pillow or touching the mattress besides his body. He finally decided to put in under the pillow. Then he wanted me to move his legs and pulled the pillow down so that it would separate his feet also. Montell decided that he wanted his palm of his left hand to touch the mattress. Later on he wanted me to cover up his right hand.
I went to the nurses’ station at 4:30 p.m. to get Montell’s vitals and the nurse told me she would be in to take them. Montell’s vitals are: blood pressure 121 over 74, pulse 106, respiration 22, oxygen level 99, temperature 99.8 and his blood sugar 107.
Montell started moaning again and I saw a tear coming from his right eye. He let me know that the spasms were hurting him. A nurse came in and I asked about her when he would be getting his Baclofin and she told me at 5:00 p.m. Montell wanted me to put his right hand under the pillow again. Through the ABCs Montell let me know something was wrong with his throat. I couldn’t get him to tell me anything else before his whole body started shaking. I immediately lifted his head by hand not remembering that he has buttons on his bed for doing that and asked the guard to ring the cal button for a nurse. The nurse came in and Montell settled down. It was was time for me to leave him so I told him that I would see him tomorrow. I called the hospital later to see how he was doing and was told that he was fine.