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Unethical Human Medical Experimentation In Dickinson, North Dakota

I have lived in Dickinson, North Dakota for about six years.  The reason why I came to Dickinson, was because there was an oil boom in this area from 2007 through 2014.  Though the oil boom is over, and approximately 80% of the out-of-state workers have returned to the states where they came from, I have remained here in Dickinson because I can still make more money here than I can where my home is in Idaho.

I have not ever come out and said it openly before, but I might as well say it now, the reason why the wages are still fairly high in Dickinson, is because it sucks so bad here, that no one wants to work here, stay here, or live here.  Further, truly intelligent, sharp, talented, highly skilled people don’t have to live here and suffer through this, they can probably get a job someplace else, anyplace else, so it is only the less intelligent, less talented, less skilled people, or people who have got something wrong with them, that stay here.

I have described that living in Dickinson, is like being in prison:  There are hardly any women;  the women who are here are mean, unfriendly, hostile, overweight, and unattractive;  the local people here are suspicious, mistrustful, uncooperative, and undermining to people who are from someplace else;  there is no where to go and nothing to do;  the City of Dickinson Police follow everyone around, watch them, and treat them just like they are all convicts or inmates.

It is very difficult living in Dickinson, North Dakota.  It is not normal, it is very harsh.  You can not do, or get things that you would elsewhere.  It is very isolated from civilization by the many miles of cold, frozen, barren prairie.  And one of the things that you cannot get, is competent medical care.

Beginning in 2014 while living in Dickinson, I began getting very sick, from what appeared to be something in the air in Dickinson.  I had previously lived and worked all over the United States, and I had never had allergies or an allergic reaction to anything before.  In Dickinson, my eyes would swell up, almost completely shut, my eyes would water continuously, and my nose would run continuously.  There is hardly any plant life in Dickinson, what could this be from?

I went to Sanford Health in Dickinson about my allergic reaction in 2014, and was diagnosed with “allergic conjunctivitis”, and I was given a prescription for some kind of eye drop medication.  When I went to get this prescription filled at the grocery store pharmacy in Dickinson, there was a line of people all the way from the pharmacy counter, out the door of the grocery store.  I was too sick to wait in line for this prescription to be filled.

When I have been very sick in Dickinson, with a sudden severe allergic reaction, I have gone to family practice clinics in Dickinson, and I have been told I would have to wait seven weeks for an appointment.  I then went again to Sanford Health Clinic, and I was given a very expensive medication prescription, for a very small amount of medication, which did not help at all.

I then resorted to trying every over-the-counter allergy medication that there is, first in the normal recommended doses, and then in much larger doses after these over-the-counter medications failed to work.  Eventually, I found that taking “Zyrtec” a.k.a. “Cetirizine” in much larger doses, helps the most.  But these allergy attacks are becoming more and more frequent, and the large doses of Zyrtec are becoming less and less effective.

What is it in the air in Dickinson, that can suddenly make me have such a severe allergic reaction, even when it is in October and snowing?  There are only a very small variety of trees in Dickinson, and there are very few trees overall.  What the fuck is going on?  What is in the air?

I am including some excerpts from a Wikipedia article about Unethical Human Experimentation In The United States:

Unethical Human Experimentation in the United States describes numerous experiments performed on human test subjects in the United States that have been considered unethical, and were often performed illegally, without the knowledge, consent, or informed consent of the test subjects. Such tests have occurred throughout American history, but particularly in the 20th century.

The experiments include: the exposure of people to many chemical and biological weapons (including infection of people with deadly or debilitating diseases), human radiation experiments, injection of people with toxic and radioactive chemicals, surgical experiments like KX-338, interrogation and torture experiments, tests involving mind-altering substances, and a wide variety of others. Many of these tests were performed on children, the sick, and mentally disabled individuals, often under the guise of “medical treatment”. In many of the studies, a large portion of the subjects were poor, racial minorities, or prisoners.

Funding for many of the experiments was provided by the United States government, especially the Unites States military, the Central Intelligence Agency, or private corporations involved with military activities.  The human research programs were usually highly secretive, and in many cases information about them was not released until many years after the studies had been performed.

My belief is, that because Dickinson is geographically and socially isolated, with the lowest education level and least well-read people anywhere in the United States, that unethical medical testing is being conducted on the people in and around Dickinson, without their knowledge or consent.

The very large and new Sanford Health Clinic and St. Alexius Hospital in Dickinson give the local people and people in the surrounding area, the impression that they can expect modern, up-to-date, and competent medical care in Dickinson.  But this is not the case, people in Dickinson find that they do not have their health problems effectively treated or solved in Dickinson.  Is this because the “test subjects” in Dickinson, are not supposed to be treated, and only monitored in order to observe and study the long term effects of the chemicals and substances that they have been exposed to?

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Nightmares And Strange Dreams From Zyrtec AKA Cetirizine

I never had allergies before in my life, until 2014 when I was living in Dickinson, North Dakota.  I have explained in several previous blog posts that my biggest problem when I have an allergy attack, is that my eyes swell shut to where I can not see.

After I tried most of the non-prescription allergy medications and they did not work, I went to Sanford Health and got two prescription medications, and they did not help either.

Two months ago, I discovered that if I take 50 mg of the non-prescription medication Zyrtec, all of my allergy symptoms cease.  The dosage of Zyrtec is supposed to be 10 mg for an adult, in a 24 hour period.

I have spent more than four hours reading about Zyrtec a.k.a. Cetirizine to find out what the consequences would be from taking 50 mg of Zyrtec.  I saw that other people are in the same situation as me, and they are also having to take more than 10 mg of Zyrtec.  I read about one other man who is the same age as me, who takes 50 mg per day.  Supposedly, there have been no clinical studies for using higher doses of Zyrtec, and there are no warnings of liver, kidney, heart, brain damage, etc.

One of the possible side effects of taking Zyrtec, is nightmares.  Yes, I do have very strange dreams when I take Zyrtec, which I kind of enjoyed and looked forward to, because it is so boring in Dickinson.  Out of the ordinary and unusual dreams.

Last night, I decided to take 30 mg of generic Zyrtec, Cetirizine, before I went to bed at midnight, so that I would not have allergy symptoms when I woke up in the morning.

For my first dream, I had to go out of town for a business conference, and stay at a hotel.  Like a movie, I was going through all of the steps, routine, and activities that would happen on this kind of a trip.  Later in the first day, I made an inappropriate physical contact with an attractive female co-worker, which she did not object to.

Later that night, I unpacked two pairs of new pants that still had the store tags on them.  I was going to wash them under the faucet in the bathtub of my hotel room, ring them out, and take them to the dryer later, after I took a shower.

I went to the door of the hotel room to put the safety chain or safety bar on the door, so that no one could come in my room while I was in the shower, and an unseen entity grabbed hold of me and pinned me to the wall very forcefully.

Just as in my dream, laying in my bed, I could not move, I was pinned.  This was unnerving and frightening.  I struggled to get free from this being, and managed to get the hotel room door open, though I could feel a hand strongly gripping my left forearm.

Though the entity did not let go, I pulled and pulled to get out onto the sidewalk, and then out onto the lawn, pulling its arm with me.  The entity’s arm had plasticity and elasticity to it, it stretched, and I pulled its arm away from it.

I had some satisfaction that I “fucked this entity up by taking its arm”, which I took with me to the hotel office to complain.  The hotel owners were an Indian couple from India, and I don’t know how this was resolved because I woke up.

I thought, “Man, I am glad that I only took three Zytrec.”  I was thinking that maybe I should not go back to sleep, I was feeling disoriented, and not right.

I fell back asleep, and within an hour, I was married to Codi Miller.  For those of you who do not know, Codi Miller was Miss North Dakota Teen in 2007, Miss Rodeo North Dakota in 2014, and a finalist several times in the Miss North Dakota USA pageant.

In my dream, I met Codi, and I suggested to her casually that perhaps we should get married.  To my surprise, she agreed, and for some reason, her parents and her sister were close by, and they did not object either, and within less than an hour, we were married.  It was troubling to me, that this all happened so quickly.

All of this happened very quickly, in a very matter of fact way, no nonsense way, as if it were no big deal.  I had quite a bit of anxiety and apprehension as I was laying there in bed, I was going along unmarried, and now all of a sudden, I am married.

I was trying to make sense of this.  I felt bad for Codi, because I had not given her an engagement ring or a wedding ring.  Come to think of it, I don’t know who married us, who performed the service, or where, it had all happened so quickly.

Then I thought, “This is our honeymoon day, I am supposed to have sex with her, I hadn’t even thought about this.”  I was not really in the mood at the moment, because I hadn’t known that I was going to get married.  I thought, “Well, I had better get in the mood.”

Then Codi said, “Do you want to go back to where you live, and get your things, and then come back?”  And I said, “No.”

We were at a shopping mall, and somehow Codi had fallen into the hands of a male acquaintance that she had known, who was handsome and her own age.  Though she was verbally saying that she did not want to be with him, she didn’t appear to have made much of an effort to get away from him, and I had to snatch her away from him, and inform him that we had just been married.

It troubled me further that Codi did not have an engagement ring, nor a wedding ring, and that I could not remember who married us, where we were married, or very much about the ceremony.  I woke up believing that Codi was going to seek an annulment to our marriage.

I was not in a good mood when I woke up this morning, because I was mad that Codi was going to seek an annulment to our marriage.

Treating Severe Allergies In Western North Dakota

I never had allergies in my life, until these past three years in western North Dakota.  I would not care so much about having a runny nose or watery eyes, if it weren’t for my eyes swelling shut and becoming extremely sensitive to light.

I have tried just about every over-the-counter non-prescription medication.  I went to Sanford Health and got a prescription for Prednisone tablets, and Pataday eyedrops which cost $193 for less than a tea spoon of liquid, which did not help very much.

I have already written two long blog posts about Allergies and my visit to Sanford Health, so I will just get to the point of what seems to work the best for me, for treating allergies:

  1. Zyrtec (cetirizine) – One tablet is supposed to last all day, and you are not supposed to take more than directed.  I bought the 10 mg tablets that cost about $1.00 each.  After trying Zyrtec for two days, I found that for me personally, I had to take more than directed in order to get my right eye to unswell and stop hurting.  I tried one tablet, which helped some, waited an hour and took a 2nd tablet which helped some more, waited an hour and took a 3rd tablet which almost completely stopped all of my allergy symptoms.     Taking this many Zyrtec was a last resort for me.  My doctor visit and prescription medication in August cost $400 and didn’t help very much.  Nothing else has worked for me so far.
  2. Flonase (fluticasone nasal) – This nasal spray helped me some in reducing allergy symptoms, but only about 50% of what I needed.
  3. Allegra (fexofenadine) – These tablets helped me some in reducing allergy symptoms, but only about 40% of what I needed.
  4. Claritin (loratadine) – These tablet only helped about 20% of what was needed.
  5. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) – These tablets helped with my runny nose, but I think that these tablets made my eyes even more sensitive to light, which was the last thing that I needed.

In North Dakota these past three years, I can have an allergic reaction at any time of the year, without any advance warning.  I read recently, that in the Winter, Box Elder trees and Ash trees produce something that causes allergies.

When I am at home, and don’t have anywhere to go, I have tried rinsing out my sinuses with salt water, and this helps a little.

Other people have recommended to me that I find a local producer of local honey.  Local honey contains a small amount of pollen from every plant, and consuming local honey is supposedly almost the same thing as taking allergy shots, which get your body used to allergens a little bit at a time.

Allergies Almost Causing Me To Lose My Job In Dickinson, North Dakota

I never had allergies before in my life, until the last four years in Dickinson, North Dakota.  In my first two years in Dickinson, I didn’t have allergies either.

I wouldn’t care very much if I just had a runny nose, and red, itchy, watery eyes.  But, one or both of my eyes swell nearly completely shut, my eyes become blinded by sunlight, and I can barely see.  This happens about three to four times each year, for the past four years.

No one is going to like this, what I am going to write next.  In order to not lose my job, and go to work, I have had to wear two pairs of sunglasses, one over top of the other, and open my eyes for 1/2 second, and close them for 1 second, while I am driving.  On some days, even wearing two pairs of sunglasses, I can’t hold my eyes open for more than one second.

Why don’t I go to the doctor?  Because this is Dickinson, and North Dakota, that’s why.  I have lived with a life-long Dickinson resident for over three years.  I have seen him try to make appointments with the St. Alexius Hospital and Sanford Health, many times.  When he needs medical attention fairly urgently, describing his intense agonizing pain, the staff reads to him the appointment dates they have available, five to six weeks out.

Then, what I have seen them do to my room mate, is to schedule him for test after test after test, running up a bill of $7,000 for tests, and offer no treatment!  So fuck the corrupt and incompetent medical professionals in Dickinson!  They would probably try to put you on the medical helicopter to Bismarck for a bad case of hemorrhoids.

I am getting off my topic here, but what the medical facilities here in Dickinson are trying to do is bill, bill, bill, in order to pay for their personnel and facilities.  In treating someone, even if they could quickly diagnose someone and treat them, they aren’t going to, because there is no money in that.  And, they probably perceive there being some legal liability in trying to quickly diagnose someone and offer a simple treatment, foregoing extensive testing.

Back to my allergies.  It happens three to four times a year in Dickinson, where my eyes swell up, become sensitive to light, and I can’t see.  I have tried just about every over the counter allergy medication, like Benadryl, Claritin, Allegra, and Flonase.  Benadryl seems to make my eyes more sensitive to light, Flonase Sensimist nasal spray seems to help the most.  But nothing helps very much.  Visine and Opticon allergy eye drops do not help very much.

If you have read my recent previous blog posts, you will know that I started a new job four weeks ago at an oil field company.  I have to drive and operate a crane truck.  If I don’t come to work, the work can not be done, my co-worker/supervisor can not get paid, and my company can not get paid.  My co-worker/supervisor gets paid about $300 per day, his truck gets billed at about $200 per day at least, and my crane truck gets billed at about $500 per day at least, and the company loses about $3,000 per day in billing.  If I tried to not come to work for even one day, they would try to replace me as soon as possible, permanently.  Especially, if my co-worker/supervisor and the company thought that this was something that could happen again.

I could not say, “I have a bad allergy attack about three to four times a year, I am having a bad allergy attack this morning, it would not be safe for me to drive or work today.” I may as well say, “I quit.”  The company would not understand.  The part that they would understand, is that I needed to be replaced.  Once my position has been filled, what do they need me for, so that I can call in sick again in the future?

I had to drive two hours to work on Monday in my personal truck with a bad allergy attack, and very much difficulty with my eyes.  I then had to drive 1/2 hour in the crane truck to some place that I had never been.  When I got to where my co-worker/supervisor was, I explained to him about my allergy problem that I was currently having, but that I wanted to try to work.

I know, and my co-worker/supervisor knows, that if I don’t work, neither of us get paid.  This was my co-worker/supervisor’s main concern.  I don’t think that most people will understand how dangerous it was for me and for others, for me to work and drive all day with having only about 30% of my eyesight.  At the end of the day, I did not think that I could drive the crane truck back for thirty minutes in traffic.  I tried to discuss this with my co-worker/supervisor, but he did not want to drive thirty minutes in the opposite direction from his home.

I made it to where I was going at the end of the day Monday, barely.  My eyesight was slightly better on Tuesday and Wednesday.  I managed to keep my job.  This job pays me in one week, what I would earn in one month in Idaho.  Jobs in the oil field are very scarce and hard to get now.  It would have been the end of me working in the oil field if I would have lost this job after one month, especially for having allergies.